Writing for the Young Adult Market: Where Do I Begin?

San Antonio, TX

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Interested in writing for one of the hottest markets in the publishing industry? Young adult/thriller novelist Jordan Dane (Harlequin Teen) shares what she’s learned about trends/ themes/ subgenres in the Young Adult market for teens, the unique voice, how to create believable characters, and where to get ideas for books targeting teens 12-18 years old. Jordan will follow her presentation with a book signing.

Cost: FREE - Please choose Free Admission above to RSVP


Meeting Agenda

10:00 - 11:00 am   News, Speaker

11:00 am  Jordan Dane Book Signing

11:00 am - 12:00 pm   Open Critique Groups (see below)


About the Speaker

HarperCollins launched Jordan Dane’s suspense novels back to back in 2008 after the 3-book series sold in auction. Ripped from the headlines, Jordan's gritty plots weave a tapestry of vivid settings, intrigue, and dark humor. Publishers Weekly compared her intense thrillers to Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, and Tami Hoag. This national best selling, critically acclaimed author’s debut novel NO ONE HEARD HER SCREAM was named Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2008. Dane’s first Young Adult book is IN THE ARMS OF STONE ANGELS (Apr 2011, Harlequin Teen) with ON A DARK WING released January 2012. Her next YA books with Harlequin Teen will be a series – THE HUNTED, release slated for fall 2012 through 2013. Formerly an energy sales manager, she now writes full time. Jordan and her husband share their San Antonio residence with two cats of highborn lineage and two very lucky rescue dogs.

Visit: www.JordanDane.com; Twitter @JordanDane

Also please follow and visit us at ADR3NALIN3 – a new dark YA group blog at http://www.adr3nalin3.blogspot.com



Open Critique Groups

Whenever we have a free Saturday morning chapter meeting, we offer open critique groups for writers and illustrators during the second hour (11:00 am - 12:00 pm).

To participate in open critique groups, bring up to 5 pages of critique-ready work (4 copies) to share. In accordance with SCBWI critique guidelines, another critique will read your pages aloud, giving you the opportunity to listen to your prose or verse in action — a great test of readability. Bring fiction, nonfiction, illustration, poetry, synopses, query letters, or any other children's literature work you'd like to get feedback on.