This creative writing workshop is devoted to discovering the joys and possibilities for writing engaging, challenging, inspiring, and life-changing literature for younger readers. We will explore such topics as: how does contemporary writing for young adult readers produce some of the most transformational fiction and nonfiction currently on the market? What tends to hook young readers—and keep them reading? How do we test our own assumptions about what younger readers want, and challenge ourselves as writers to try new ways of storytelling? Throughout the semester, we’ll complete writing prompts, discuss assigned readings, and workshop our own original writing in this collaborative classroom.