Writing Young Adult  Fiction: The Magic Formula with Marsha Qualey

July 21-24

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A formula? Really? Author and veteran writing teacher Marsha Qualey says yes, there is a formula that if not quite magical is definitely useful for deepening any YA novel beyond its surface appeal (faeries! angels! vampires!). Join her for an exploration of this mysterious formula and many other aspects of crafting an engaging YA novel. Qualey will lead workshops, provide individual consultations, and present writing exercises and mini-lectures on craft topics especially relevant to the YA novel.

Special features of this week include:

  • Guest visit from middle grade author Julie Bowe
  • A Q&A on Marsha's latest work
  • A free and open reading to the public

Writer-in-Residence Biography

Marsha Qualey is the author of several young adult novels and is on the faculty of Hamline University's low-residency MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Her books have won two Minnesota Book Awards and appeared on numerous best-of-the-year lists, including ALA Quick Picks and Best Books for Young Adults, IRA Young Adults' Choices, New York Public Library's Books for the Teen Age, and School Library Journal's Best Books of the Year. Her novel, Thin Ice, was nominated for an Edgar Award by the Mystery Writers of America. She lives in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

Click here to learn more about her work.

Residency Cost: 280.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals/drinks)

Residency Cost and Dual Occupancy On-site Lodging (shared bath): 430.00 (includes all on-site, chef-prepared meals/drinks)

Application Fee: 12.00 

Writing Sample Length: 10 double-spaced pages (maximum)

Deadline: May 1