2014 Workshops and Faculty

Registration opens December 2, 2013 - Click here to get to online registration.

Young Adult Lit Not Just for Kids: An Introduction and Workshop (All Levels - Weeklong AM) - Kristen-Paige Madonia

As one of the newest, largest, and most diverse genres in the industry, it is often difficult to define Young Adult Lit; through the examination and discussion of YA craft techniques, this class will explore successful tools used to create the unique tone and momentum found in Young Adult Literature. This workshop will focus on the analysis of the elements of young adult fiction; structural elements such as character, plot, point of view, and conflict will be discussed in addition to stylistic elements such as voice, pacing, authenticity and writing with a sense of urgency. We will discuss essays and novel chapters written by published writers, which you will receive ahead of time; however, our primary focus will be the student workshop. Each student will submit one original piece of YA fiction, either a short story or the first chapter of their YA novel (up to 18 pages). By studying the technical elements of storytelling, this course aims to help students become more incisive readers, more effective critics of YA fiction, and more confident creative writers.

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Priscilla Long
Kristen-Paige Madonia - photo credit Christopher Gordon

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of the Young Adult literary novel Fingerprints of You (Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2012); her short fiction has recently appeared in FiveChapters, New Orleans Review, Upstreet, and American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers. She is the recipient of the 2012 Taos Writers’ Conference D.H. Lawrence Fellowship and was awarded the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Fiction Prize in 2010. She has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, Juniper Summer Writing Institute, the Hambidge Center, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Hedgebrook, Millay Colony for the Arts, the Key West Literary Seminar and the Studios of Key West. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from California State University, Long Beach and teaches fiction at the University of Virginia and James Madison University.