Post-apocalyptic dystopia, snarky humor, and adolescent alienation have become the familiar hallmarks of the young adult novel. But what's really going on beneath those superficial clichés? To write a compelling YA novel, you need to dig deep. In this course we'll start with the fundamentals of creating characters and mapping a plot. You'll read and analyze at least half a dozen young adult novels, then discuss your discoveries with classmates. Meanwhile, we'll experiment with techniques of scene, point of view, narrative structure, subtext, and revision. Whether you're struggling with a story that doesn't yet work, or you're still casting about for ideas, this course will help you push past the obstacles to your writing. Finally, we'll look at how to get your book out into the world of readers. Lecture (plus questions). Facilitated Discussion. Writing.