Saturday Series

Several times a year, we offer non-credit workshops and lectures on Saturdays on the campus of UNC Asheville. Workshop descriptions and presenter bios will be posted here as events are scheduled.

Young At Heart: Writing and Publishing Young Adult Fiction with Megan Shepherd

Saturday, May 20, 2017

10:00am - 12:00pm

"There are a lot of misconceptions about what young adult literature is. In this class, we’ll discuss the philosophy behind YA literature, how it differs from other categories like middle grade and adult fiction, how literary and commercial YA varies, and what the “rules” are—if there are any—for writing in this age range. We’ll also touch on the publishing side of writing YA, including how to approach agents and editors with your YA work. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss their current projects."

New York Times bestselling author Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is the author of the acclaimed young adult series The Madman's Daughter and The Cage, as well as the middle grade novel The Secret Horses of Briar Hill. She now lives and writes on a 125-year-old farm outside Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, two cats, and an especially scruffy dog.

To register, please download the registration form or call 828-250-2353. Registration is $35.

Past events have included:

"Exploring Our Landscapes: The Creative Generosity of Place" with Tommy Hays

"Pitch Perfect: The Art of the Business of Writing" with Wiley Cash

"Publishing Poetry: Finding A Home For Your Work" with Eric Steineger

"Submission Guidelines: How to Get Your Work Published in Literary Journals and Magazines" with Jennifer McGaha

"Legal Issues for Writers" with Heather Newton

"If You’re Afraid to Write About It, Write About It" with Tommy Hays

"Writing for Young Adults" with Megan Shepherd

"Writing Funny" with Susan Reinhardt