One of the biggest challenges and most elusive elements of YA craft is portraying young adult voice in authentic, fresh, captivating ways. Dialogue and dialects change so often, especially within subcultures. How do we write into the past of our own experiences, thoughts, and feelings, yet ensure our writing conveys the thoughts, feelings, and motivations of contemporary young people? 

125070650683We’ll be taking audit of our own knowledge of the world as it stands, instilling some practices to get closer to the world of teen readers, and practicing writing with voices we may not have explored before. The ultimate goal is to develop habits and practices that can help us maintain the realism of voice that sets good YA authors apart, even (especially) within super cool fantastical worlds. 

This workshop is available to anyone aged 18 or older for a $55 fee.

Unless otherwise stated, all times listed are US Pacific Time.

We offer a limited number of scholarships for each class to Black and Indigenous writers and writers from other marginalized backgrounds on a first come, first served basis. Please email us at with a one-paragraph statement about your scholarship interest and/or need. Please include the name of the class you would like to apply the scholarship to.

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Clarion West will refund all class fees if the request is made 30 days prior to the class date. Refund requests made within 30 days of the class will be honored if we can fill the seat. Any exceptions are subject to approval by our workshop staff.