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Writing for Young Adults

Malorie Blackman

Writing for Young Adults

Write inspirational fiction with the former Children's Laureate and author of Noughts & Crosses.

This course includes:

26 lessons

4 hours

29 exercises

What you'll learn

Join Malorie as she shares the fundamentals of fantastic fiction, so you can turn your idea into a finished story, ready to be sent out to agents and publishers.

  • Plot out your chapters
  • Create character biographies
  • Write great dialogue
  • Understand your audience
  • Pitch to agents and publishers
  • Finish your novel manuscript

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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.

Lesson plan (26)

  1. 01

    Writing for Young Adults Introduction


  2. 02



  3. 03



  4. 04

    Where do ideas come from?


  5. 05



  6. 06

    Story vs plot


  7. 07



  8. 08

    Story structure: part one


  9. 09

    Story structure: part two


  10. 10

    Story structure: part three


  11. 11

    Character & characterisation


  12. 12

    Character informs plot or plot informs character?


  13. 13

    A writer’s relationship with their characters


  14. 14

    Protagonists, antagonists & antiheroes


  15. 15

    Tools for conveying characters


  16. 16

    Dialogue as function


  17. 17

    Dialect, big words, bad language & everyday slang


  18. 18

    Style, setting & substance


  19. 19



  20. 20

    Tense & viewpoint


  21. 21

    Narrative forms


  22. 22

    The craft and art of writing


  23. 23

    Dealing with writer's block


  24. 24

    The business of writing, part one: before publication


  25. 25

    The business of writing, part two: after publication


  26. 26

    Malorie's conclusion


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