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8-Week Online Getting Your YA Story Off the Ground

Class Begins September 9, 2019


$495 New Student | $470 Returning

All great novels start with an idea, but many potentially great novels never make it from idea to manuscript. Whether you're just starting, or stalled out at 20 thousand words, GETTING YOUR STORY OFF THE GROUND will start you from the ground up, giving you strategies for turning your idea into the solid foundation you'll need to facilitate your drafting experience.

Facilitated by Constantine Singer, whose debut Young Adult Science Fiction Novel, Strange Days was released by Putnam/Penguin Teen in 2018, the first six weeks of this course will help you expand your idea into a solid story foundation and framework through a study of story structure, character and conflict development, sub-plots, and exploring theme. The final two weeks will be focused on helping you create a fantastic opening chapter and on strategies for getting through the hard spots to come.

While designed specifically for first-time YA novelists, the materials and strategies taught in this course will be useful for anyone writing in any genre or for any age group who’s looking for a way to start a story off right.

NOTE: Students will need to purchase Save the Cat! Writes a Novel: The Last Book On Novel Writing You'll Ever Need by Jessica Brody ahead of the class start date.

  • Class size limited to 8 writers

  • September 9, 2019 to October 28, 2019

  • Course is fully ONLINE; students can work according to their own schedule within weekly deadlines. Once you have enrolled the instructor will send you a link to our online classroom, provided via Wet Ink.

Contact us HERE if you have any questions about this class.


Instructor Constantine Singer is the author of Strange Days, a young adult science fiction novel released by Putnam/Penguin Teen in December of 2018. Constantine grew up in Seattle and earned his BA in history from Earlham College and his Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. He is a teacher and a 20 year veteran of Los Angeles area public schools. Constantine only began working towards his dream of being a novelist later in life and his publication journey is the story of a "slush-pile" query success. He currently lives in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles with his family and he still teaches high school history, government and economics in South LA.