Find your authentic young voice and use it to craft arc-driven protagonists and character-based settings to create your unique coming-of-age novel.
Your Instructor: Francesca Lia Block, author of the Weetzie Bat Books and The Thorn Necklace
Where: Online — Available everywhere!
When: March 23, 2021 - April 20, 2021
Get in touch with your younger self.
In this four-week course and workshop, acclaimed author Francesca Lia Block will teach you the basics of how to write a coming of age novel, examining voice, character arc, antagonists, setting, and structure.
Francesca is the author of over twenty-five acclaimed and award-winning works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry, including the memoir/writing guide The Thorn Necklace: Healing Through Writing and the Creative Process and the cult classic Dangerous Angels: Weetzie Bat Books.
In this course, you will study how to develop sympathetic young characters that traverse an arc to adulthood through interactions with antagonists. You will also look at how to create a setting conducive to character growth and how to find a natural young voice.
Each week includes a lecture, a writing assignment, to be critiqued by Francesca and your peers, as well as ample opportunity for discussion.
What This Class Covers
Week 1 – Voice
One of the most important aspects of Coming of Age novels is a strong and plausible young voice. By writing a letter from our younger self to our adult self, we will find that voice and what story it wants to tell.
Week 2 – Character Arc and Antagonists
In Coming of Age novels, the protagonist must grow on an arc through interactions with antagonists. We will create a sympathetic protagonist with an arc and a formidable antagonist who pushes them along that arc.
Week 3 – Setting
What settings best express your young protagonist’s growth cycle? We will analyze these to come up with the strongest choice.
Week 4 – Outline
In the final week we will work on an outline for your entire novel!
Goals Of This Class
In this class, students will learn:
- How to find their inner authentic youthful voice.
- How to create a sympathetic protagonist who is poised to grow on an arc through interactions with an antagonist.
- How to create a setting most conducive to reflecting the protagonist’s coming of age journey.
- How to outline a Coming of Age novel.
LitReactor offers a unique approach to a writing education: You study what you want, when you want, at your own pace. We bring in veteran authors and industry professionals to host classes covering a wide range of topics in an online environment that’s interactive and flexible. You get detailed feedback on your work and take part in discussions in a judgement-free zone. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or an experienced writer, our workshops are about working together to achieve your writing goals.
Where do classes take place?
Entirely online. So, anywhere you have Internet access.
Are there certain times when the whole class needs to "meet" online?
Nope. Our students come from all over the globe. Everything is posted online and accessible 24/7. (We do occasionally schedule phone chats, but try to reach a consensus on timing.)
What does a typical class consist of?
It varies, but nearly all our classes include weekly lectures, homework assignments, peer reviews, critiques from instructors, and discussion forums.
How much experience do you need to take a class?
Beginner or pro, everyone is welcome. We encourage all skill levels.
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