Young Adult Fiction Writers Chat: Story Fundamentals

Greetings, YA-ers! This chat will be dedicated to your current projects. Are you writing a novel and stuck on a part of the story that isn't making sense? Not sure what to blog about? Do you want to start writing something but not sure if your idea makes sense? Join us!

About the YA Fiction Writers Group:

This group is focused on writers interested in the Young Adult fiction genre. "Young Adult" target audiences typically range from the ages of sixteen years up through the early twenties. In recent years, this market has skyrocketed with the success of bestselling novels such as the Twilight saga from Stephenie Meyer, The Hunger Games series from Suzanne Collins, and The Mortal Instruments series from Cassandra Clare to name a few.

Since this genre is marketed toward the teenaged crowd, there are specific guidelines to consider when writing Young Adult fiction as opposed to more adult focused literature. With this in mind, the focus of our sessions will be to brainstorm the Y/A novel writing process and share ideas for getting started, organizing, character development, story flow, inspiration sparking, editing and formatting, and steps to getting published.

There are TWO PARTS to this group. The first part is our chat session that is held on the second Saturday of the month and consists of a single predetermined topic posted in advance. Anyone is welcome to attend but keep in mind the topics will be YA FICTION based only. The second part of this group is for those members who are serious about their writing and want to share their work for critique. The critique group meets and stays in contact on a regular basis and discusses the other member's work posted to our group’s private forum.

**You MUST attend an actual in person chat session before access is granted. This is to determine if this part of the group is the right fit for you and the pace of your writing.**

If your goal is to pursue a financially successful career path with the intentions of creating a marketable novel(s) for publishing and want to meet and support others who share determination, come join us!

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  • Stephen S.

    I meant to tell you guys but I ran across an app called "writing aid" that helps with descriptive language. It's similar to a thesaurus but you can actually simply type in a phrase and it'll give suggestions. So if a character has red hair but you don't want to simply say red hair, you could type in reddish color and it'll give suggestions. Maybe I'm simple minded but I thought it was a pretty cool app to run across. Hope it helps...

    3 · July 12, 2014

    • Samantha

      I'll check them out.

      July 14, 2014

    • Samantha

      Thanks!

      July 14, 2014

  • Stephen S.

    So I did the Facebook thing...looks like my old account was never totally wiped out so I'll have to clean it up, but yeah...feel free to friend me if you want...

    July 13, 2014

    • Stephen S.

      Score!!!! Both of you guys...

      1 · July 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yay! Welcome back to the Facebook addiction my friend...muahahaha!

      July 13, 2014

  • Angela

    I also had a great time. You guys are really smart and I loved pooling our collective knowledge.

    3 · July 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for everyone who came today. I'm looking forward to our next discussion. Let me know if you guys want to be a part of the critique group to share your work. Also, I'm rethinking the frequency of our meet ups. Any suggestions on future gatherings?

    3 · July 12, 2014

    • Nina F.

      My email is [masked] for the google group. That's not the one meetup has. My schedule changes every week. I bake for a caterer, so during busy seasons, I'm not generally off on Saturdays. I'll come to the group meetings when I can.

      July 13, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Nina, I'll post more info later in today and email everyone with details :)

      July 13, 2014

  • Kimberly

    Great meet up today. Thanks, Michelle! Looking forward to next time.

    2 · July 12, 2014

  • Nina F.

    Enjoyed the chat. Good group. Sorry I left in such a hurry. I was supposed to meet someone and didn't realize what time it was. How does one join the critique group?

    1 · July 12, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you have a Gmail address? We use a Google group and I can add you to it.

      1 · July 12, 2014

  • Stephen S.

    Great chat, really enjoyed the group and looking forward to next time.

    July 12, 2014

  • Samantha

    It was a great chat. Here is the automated Twitter service I mentioned: https://roundteam.co/

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Amy

    Such a good opportunity to meet like minded writers! Really enjoyed learning about everyone's experiences and writing projects!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys, we're sitting in the booth in the back by the windows :)

    July 12, 2014

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Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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