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Writing For Young Adults

Malorie Blackman

Writing For Young Adults

Join literary icon and celebrated author of Noughts & Crosses as she shares 30 years of writing expertise over 26 comprehensive lessons and exercises.

26 video lessons
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Join your Maestro, Malorie Blackman, as she teaches writing fiction for a Young Adult audience in 26 lessons and additional exercises. On the way you'll discover the fundamentals of storytelling including: plotting, character, representation and dialogue. You'll learn about the business end of authorship too, from literary agents to publishing and promotion. With over 70 books to her name, including one of The Guardian's 'best books of the 21st Century', Malorie has a wealth of experience to share.

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Malorie Blackman OBE is a literary icon. A prolific Young Adult author, in the last 30 years she’s written over 70 books, won over 20 awards, served as the Children’s Laureate and been a prominent campaigner for diversity in children’s literature. Her acclaimed YA novel Noughts & Crosses has found its way onto BBC television, the school syllabus and has been named by Stormzy as his favourite book. When it comes to penning your novel, you’re in the safest of hands.


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What people are saying

I love her explanation and the easy & understandable breakdowns. The content was easy to access and of high quality, all round excellent.

- Bradley Hession

Wonderful advice on characterisation.

- Jenny Ireland

Loved the way it was broken down, excellent examples to refer to, thought-provoking exercises and brilliant content. So inspiring.

- Sandra Lieberman

The course breaks every part of writing into small, digestible parts. It covers everything in detail with great real-world examples from Malorie.

- Alle Desveaux

Malorie is so easy to watch and understand. I feel like she's sharing something so special and it's deeply generous of her. I feel enlightened and inspired!

- Kate

Malorie Blackman is an engaging and inspiring speaker. Her advice is practical and the course notes and activities are detailed, helpful and fun.

- M.E.R

Malorie Blackman is very professional, emphatic, inspiring, honest and very entertaining.

- Verena Prym

I have already implemented some of Malorie's advice around structure and it’s definitely been extremely helpful to me. Her manner is warm and encouraging so it’s a pleasure to listen to her.

- Julia S

Malorie is so warm and open sharing her knowledge and experience

- Lisa Black

I like Malorie's easy manner, not patronising but informative and supportive. She's interesting and generous in her willingness to share her knowledge.

- Bev Murrill

Malorie's course was very extensive, covering everything a beginner needs to know about constructing a novel, not just for young adults.

- Alan B

Her material is thorough and practical and the way she delivers it very clear and engaging. She's really boosted my confidence too.

- Anon

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26 video lessons, 4 hrs
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