Writing YA Fiction
Saturday 20 March 2021
Fear And Loathing In The Locker Hall — Writing For Young Adults
Who’d be a teenager again? Spotty skin, cracking voice, crippling self doubt, and a social world populated exclusively with people who have it all together. We all go through it, and most of us come out the end unscathed. For those who don’t, there is always writing for Young Adults. Adolescence is a time of extremes. You will never feel the same highs as you feel in high school. Nor will you likely feel the same lows.
In any other form of writing, melodrama is frowned upon. For the YA character, it’s just life. In this workshop, award-winning YA writer James Roy will help you identify the bits of your past that resonate, and help you find a way to put your arrested development to the most use — by writing about it.
James Roy is an author and musician from the Blue Mountains. He has published over 35 books for young people, several of which have won or been nominated for major literary awards. He has written libretti and songs about killer whales, Henry Lawson and exploding canines, he holds a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Sydney, and works for WestWords as a producer.