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So, You’re Writing a YA Verse Novel… with Laurin Becker Macios (via Zoom)

September 12 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


If you have drafted (or begun drafting, or want to draft) a verse novel, this course is for you. With particular attention to YA, where the verse novel market is flourishing, we will workshop novel sections weekly, providing feedback on elements of craft–from poetic rhythm to narrative arc–to help your novel shine from line to story. We will do this having read brief synopses to start, and will end the course with feedback on each book as a whole. The course will include light reading/discussion of successful YA verse novel excerpts, and each weekly Zoom will include an element of craft discussion, but main assignments will be peer workshop, with Zooms focusing primarily on workshop.

NB: This class will be taught on Zoom (six weeks starting September 12, 5:30-7:30pm PM ET) and will be capped at 12 students. Registrants will receive the Zoom link to the email address they use to register. It will arrive immediately after registration so please check your spam folder if you do not receive it. It will also be sent the day before class as a reminder. Please review the course policies page before registering for any classes. Please email [email protected] with any questions.

Laurin Becker Macios is the author of Calling Me Home, a Young Adult verse novel forthcoming from Holiday House in 2026, as well as Somewhere to Go, winner of the 19th annual poetry award from Elixir Press, and I Almost Was Animal, winner of the 2018 Writer’s Relief WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook Contest.Her poems are forthcoming in -ette review and Ibbetson Street and have appeared in Green Mountains Review online, [PANK], and elsewhere. The former Executive Director of Mass Poetry and former Program Director of the Poetry Society of America, she earned her MFA in Creative Writing Poetry from the University of New Hampshire, where she taught on fellowship. She lives in Connecticut.




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YA Verse Novel
$ 335.00
12 available


September 12
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States
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