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“Juvenile” is the fastest growing fiction genre thanks to Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, and of course, good old Harry Potter. “Certainly,” says instructor Shirin Bridges, “at one writers’ conference after another, the agents have been asking for middle grade chapter books and young adult novels.”

“Juvenile” is largely made up of these two categories. But what defines these genres and distinguishes them from each other? What are the unspoken rules of each? And who is the real target audience?

This informative and interactive course will answer those questions, plus some. “We’ll examine the particular structure and challenges of each genre,” says Shirin, “but more than that, we’ll apply our learnings directly to our craft with exercises and group discussions. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and share your work with your peers—and with me, a working editor of both middle grade and YA fiction. Expect to find your story, hone your plot, and challenge your characters in this course.”



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  1. Saturday, August 19, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  2. Saturday, August 26, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  3. Saturday, September 9, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  4. Saturday, September 16, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  5. Saturday, September 23, 2:00pm-4:30pm
  • One thing I LOVED about the class is that I went in with an idea that I was determined to work on and develop in her class, and walked out with a completely different idea that came out of a writing exercise we did in the first class. I love it when surprises like this happen. At the 2nd class we brought in a first draft… Shirin took our rough drafts home, and during the course of the week she emailed a page or two of her own “broad strokes” comments on our stories. I feel that her comments were right on target. So helpful–it seemed that she was able to read the story and clearly see how it could have been better organized. One thing I think I’ve gained from the course is a great story…I never would have come up with it if I hadn’t been in the class.



Saturday, August 19, 2017 @ 9:00 pm PDT
Saturday, September 23, 2017 @ 11:30 pm PDT
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2042 Balboa St.
San Francisco, CA United States
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