Writing the YA Novel

I taught a class today for the Writers’ League of Texas on writing the YA novel. It was such a sparkling class–filled with thoughtful, attentive writers asking great questions. It inspires me to talk to beginners–so much potential. I hope they enjoyed it half as much as I did and learned…something!

I also brought home a stack of partial mss and just finished sending out initial thoughts to the writers via email. It’s amazing! With work, every one of them could be a quite successfully published novel. Sure, they were in different stages of completion, but I can still tell.

I invited them to write with any additional questions as time goes by. I hope they all keep in touch!

In other news, one of my mentees Debbi Michiko Florence, writes today in her blog of her first gig as a writer. I’m so proud of her!