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November Writer U Classes-- Teen Fiction & Grab Readers

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November 2-27, 2009

"Writing Teen Fiction"

by Niki Burnham


Niki Burnham is living proof that you don't have to: a) be a teen; b) have a teen living in your house; or c) be a high school teacher in order to write convincing fiction for teens. If you want to write for this challenging group of readers, but don't know about the teen market or what teens today are dying to read, this is the class for you.

Topics include:

* Learning About the Teen Fiction Market

* Suggestions for Teen Reading

* Why Theme (Yes, Theme!) Matters

* Creating Convincing Teen Characters

* Sounding Teen

* Plotting Your Teen Novel

Niki Burnham is the RITA-Award winning author of two novellas and six novels for teens, including ROYALLY JACKED, a Teen People pick and an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Readers. Her online home is www.nikiburnham.com.

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November 9-21, 2009

MASTER CLASS: "Dramatic Techniques for Engaging the Reader"

by Patricia Kay


Prerequisite: Must have submitted at least one manuscript to an agent or publisher.

Great books are about more than good plotting, likable characters, lots of conflict, and skillful writing. For a book to really grab a reader, the author must make an emotional connection with that reader. Otherwise, even though the reader may enjoy the book, it won't be one he'll remember. It won't be one he'll talk about. And it won't be one he'll recommend to others. In this class, you'll learn all about stirring the reader's feelings and engaging him emotionally. Sessions will cover:

* Techniques to create instant empathy

* The emotional palette and how to use it

* Crafting powerful scenes that keep readers turning pages

* Common flaws and ways to fix them

* Plus: "It takes a lot of rewriting!"

Pat Kay is the USA Today bestselling author of nearly 50 novels of romance and women's fiction. She sold her first category romance to Silhouette Books in 1990 and her first mainstream novel, which was nominated for a Rita, to Berkley in 2000. A former writing instructor at the University of Houston, Pat has written numerous articles on craft and/or the business of writing for magazines including The Writer and Romance Writers Report.

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Note: For more information, go to the Writer U website at www.WriterUniv.com

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