OR the magical distinction between YA and adult literature OR why Mia Thermopolis is not the same as Lee Fiora The evolution of the YA bookshelf is a frequent topic amongst publishing professionals. We point to Maureen Daly’s 1942 novel SEVENTEENTH SUMMER, the National Library Association’s coining of the phrase “young adult” in the 1960s, and the 1970s heyday of Judy Blume and Robert Cormier . We marvel at Harry Potter and Twilight, and we look uncertainly into the mid-twenty-first century, as “chick lit” and “new adult” came and went faster than the kale fad. Now, we ask ourselves, what’s next for YA – and what is (was) it anyway? What, for example, makes Curtis Sittenfeld’s PREP or SPECIAL TOPICS IN CALAMITY PHYSICS by Marisha Pessle adult books, while prep school turns by E. Lockhart (THE DISREPUTABLE HISTORY OF FRANKIE LANDAU-BANKS) or Daisy Whitney (THE MOCKINGBIRDS) are intuitively placed on the young adult shelf? It’s an oft-posed question about the genr
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Saturday, May 12, 2018 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM Second Saturdays Writing Program at Woodinville Library 17105 Avondale Road NE, Woodinville Join me for an interactive workshop on writing a 250-word book pitch. We'll discuss how this exercise can help you identify plot and character questions, guide early revisions, and draft an irresistible query letter (er, email) to send to agents. This class is designed to benefit both beginning writers and people ready to submit their work. The workshop is free and registration is not required. For more details, click here .
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