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YA Bestseller 101: How to Write a Propulsive Page-Turner 6-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Saturday, September 7th, 2024
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YA Bestseller 101: How to Write a Propulsive Page-Turner 6-Week Zoom Workshop, Starts Saturday, September 7th, 2024

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Begins Saturday, September 7th, 2024

The class will meet weekly via Zoom on Saturdays from 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST 

Open to All writers!

Any questions about this class? Use the Chat Button (lower left) to talk with us.

Instructor A.K. Small's latest novel IF I PROMISE YOU WINGS was published by Algonquin Young Readers in January 2024. Kirkus Reviews rated it as one of ten YA's to be re-read immediately. A.K.'s debut novel, BRIGHT BURNING STARS, was also published by Algonquin Young Readers in 2019 and turned to film on Amazon Prime (BIRDS OF PARADISE). A.K. Small grew up in Paris near the Sacré Coeur, graduated from the College of William and Mary, and later received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Do you dream of crafting a novel that captivates like The Hunger Games? In this six-week intensive workshop, led by the acclaimed YA novelist A.K. Small, you'll learn the secrets to creating a propulsive page-turner that keeps readers on the edge of their seats.

Week 1: Crafting Your Protagonist

Dive deep into the heart of your main character. Explore their desires, needs, and darkest secrets, and map out their transformative arc. Understand how these elements are pivotal in driving your story forward.

Week 2: The Central Question

Every compelling story has a core question that propels the narrative. Learn how to define this question for your novel and how it differently influences each character, enriching your narrative and adding depth to your character ensemble.

Week 3: Discovering Your Writing Identity

Are you driven by plot, character, or setting? This week, you'll identify what fuels your writing process and how to harness your natural strengths to enhance your storytelling.

Week 4: Building Momentum

Focus on creating relentless forward momentum. Discuss techniques for crafting tension, raising stakes, and keeping your readers desperate to turn the page.

Week 5: The Power of Setting

Delve into the significance of place within your novel. Understand why your setting is not just a backdrop but a catalyst that influences the mood, tone, and trajectory of your narrative.

Week 6: Mastering Language and Style

Develop your unique voice. Learn how to use language and style to your advantage, making your writing not just seen but felt.

Interactive Components:

Each week, we will kick off with an analysis of passages from *The Hunger Games*, studying how Suzanne Collins masterfully manipulates words, scenes, and images. You will apply these insights by writing parts of your novel, which will be workshopped in group sessions. We will also examine select passages from other novels to highlight various writing techniques.

This workshop is designed for writers who are serious about honing their craft and embarking on a journey to not only write their story but also to captivate and resonate with readers worldwide.

Join A.K. Small on this exciting journey to transform your storytelling and write your own bestseller!

  • Master the art of creating deep, complex characters with distinct desires, needs, and secrets that drive the narrative.    
  • Learn how to pose a central question that shapes the entire trajectory of your novel and uniquely affects each character.    
  • Gain insights into building suspense and maintaining forward momentum to keep readers engaged from start to finish.    
  • Develop a unique narrative voice and style through the strategic use of language and setting, enhancing the overall impact of your story.


For this class, we will have live weekly meetings via Zoom on Saturdays from 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST.


You can pay for the course in full or use Shop Pay or Affirm to pay over time with equal Monthly Payments. Both options are available at checkout.

  • Class starts Saturday, September 7th, 2024

  • Class will meet weekly via Zoom on Saturdays from 10:00AM - 12:00PM EST

  • All classes will meet online via Zoom.

If you have questions, please us the Chat Button or contact us via email HERE.