Workshop: New Kid on the Block: A Guide to Writing New Adult

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Want to learn about the hot New Adult genre? YARWA has got you covered! This workshop is designed for all writers, whether newbies or experienced, traditionally published or self-pubbed.  

New Kid on the Block: A Guide to Writing New Adult

Instructor: Chanel Cleeton 

Dates: September 9 – 20, 2013

Cost: $10 for YARWA members ($20 for non-members)


About the course: The New Adult category has become the hot new category in fiction.  But what is New Adult exactly? New Adult straddles the line between childhood and adulthood, when protagonists are faced with intense life changes— moving away from home, starting university, first loves, experimenting with sex, joining the military, and so much more.  New Adult isn’t just ‘sexed up’ Young Adult.  Rather, the category represents a transitional period in a character’s life. This workshop will provide a comprehensive study of the elements that make a book ‘New Adult.’  These elements include— voice, character age, the conflicts faced, and the ability to address mature and taboo themes.  The workshop will compare and contrast New Adult with Young Adult, highlighting the similarities and differences between the two categories.  The workshop will identify the New Adult audience, examining New Adult’s crossover appeal.  The workshop will also address where New Adult fits from a marketing perspective, discussing trends in bookshelf stocking and the importance of eBooks in reaching the New Adult audience.  Lastly, the workshop will discuss the category’s indie roots and will focus on the impact of book bloggers in driving the New Adult market.

About the Instructor: Chanel Cleeton writes New Adult contemporary romance and Young Adult thrillers.  Her New Adult debut, I SEE LONDON…, will be released by Harlequin (HQN) in January 2014, followed by a sequel later in the year. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, Chanel is happiest curled up with a book. She has a weakness for handbags, puppy cuddles, and her fighter pilot husband. Chanel loves to travel and is currently living an adventure in South Korea. She is a former literary agency intern and regularly blogs about the publishing industry at YA Stands. Her article on New Adult marketing strategies will be published in the November 2013 issue of RWR. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. Find out more on her website:


For any questions, please contact YARWA VP of Programs, Lea Nolan at vp-programs (at)YARWA (dot) com

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