363194: Adapting Literature, Myths, and Fairy Tales for YA Audiences
- Fall 2018
- Section 1
- 10/20/2018 to 10/20/2018
- Modified 10/04/2018
UCLA Extension One-day Seminar
Saturday, October 20
10 am – 1 pm
Are you interested in writing a young adult novel, but unsure about what to do next? Learn how to adapt classic literature to craft your own contemporary YA novel, and boldly step into the fastest-growing genre in publishing. We’ll explore how to put your spin on plot, theme, character, setting, and point-of-view and then how to breathe life into your creation. With in-class writing exercises, you will have a chance to flex your writing muscles and receive feedback on a high-level concept. You’ll leave with an idea (or several) as well as a rough outline and synopsis for your novel.
- To read, study, and critically discuss excerpts from classic literature and young adult novels.
- To discuss elements such as plot, theme, setting, character, and point of view and intriguing ideas for how to adapt them.
- To practice adapting and writing techniques by applying them to a writing exercise.
- To incorporate the elements of a classic lit source into a concept for a YA novel.
- To create a rough outline and synopsis for your YA novel.
- Students will gain a better understanding of how to adapt a work of classic literature to inspire their unique YA novel.
- They will better understand the elements that can be incorporated into their novel.
- They will have an outline and synopsis for their own novel.
- They will connect with other writers who are interested in writing a YA novel and be able to share ideas and experience.
No advance reading is required for this course, although I will provide a list of suggested reading that the student may take away with them.
There will be handouts provided in-class, which will include: a suggested reading list, excerpts from classic literature, excerpts from YA literature adapted from classic lit, a glossary of elements to consider when writing their novel.
- Thoughtful in-class discussions based on in-class readings and information provided.
- In-class writing assignments, including practice adapting a classic fairytale and the creation of outline/synopsis for your own YA novel.
- Providing quality feedback to peers on writing and ideas.
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