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Writing for Teens

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Alan and Sally Merten Hall

4441 George Mason Boulevard

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Fairfax, VA 22030

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Thanks to Harry Potter, Hunger Games, and The Fault in Our Stars, Young Adult literature has grown into one of the best loved genres in the literary market. More than half of its books are purchased by 18-44 year olds, making its appeal wide and allowing for a wide variety of topics and tone. How to break in as a writer? First, you have to sincerely like and empathize with teenagers! They can smell a faker. You need to be attuned to the coming of age issues they embody and struggle to understand and overcome. But there's no better journey as a writer. And your audience is hungry for stories that speak to them and maybe even guide them. This seminar with L.M Elliott will give you a brief history of the genre, its classics, its sub-genres that have come and gone, the market's current focus, its tried-and-true character and plot elements, the differences between YA and middle grade, and general pitfalls to avoid. Q & A to address your specific concerns and hopes.

This event is in conjunction with the Fall for the Book festival.

Hamilton and Peggy! A Revolutionary Friendship is the 9th historical novel by New York Times best-selling author L. M. Elliott. A long-time Washington magazine journalist, covering women’s issues and the arts before turning to fiction, Elliott is best known for the WWII story UNDER A WAR-TORN SKY and its two companion novels. Her other works include DA VINCI’S TIGER, a biographical fiction about the young poet in Leonardo’s first portrait, housed in the NGA; GIVE ME LIBERTY, following a young VA fifer; and SUSPECT RED, a McCarthyism-era story of two Washington DC teenage boys swept up in the paranoia of the 1950s Red Scare. Several of her works, among other awards, have been chosen as NCSS/CBC Notables by the National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council and Honor Books by the Jefferson Cup for Historical Fiction. You can learn more at www.lmelliott.com


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