Writing Young Adult Fiction

Writing Young Adult Fiction

Posted on behalf of Sunderland Creative Writing Festival

An opportunity for all who want to write for young adults to listen to two great YA novelists talk about their work and careers as writers, and to ask them your own questions.


Young adult fiction is booming, with the readers having an insatiable appetite for the worlds that some of the best writers around are creating. This event brings together Sally Green and Matthew Crow to talk about what it means to write for young adults, how their writing careers developed, and more. If you book to come, you’ll be able to submit questions in advance, and join in the discussion.

Sally Green

Sally Green began writing in 2010 after working for twenty years in accountancy and business finance. She is the author of an internationally acclaimed trilogy of young adult fantasy novels, the first of which, Half Bad, was named Waterstones Best Book for Teenagers 2015 and was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2015 and for the 2015 Branford Boase Award. Half Bad broke the Guinness World Record for ‘Most Translated Book by a Debut Author, Pre-publication’, with 45 different translations before its publication. The second title in the trilogy, Half Wild, was published by Penguin in March 2015, and the third and final book, Half Lost, came out in March 2016. The first book of her new fantasy series, The Smoke Thieves, will be published in the UK in May 2018. Sally runs to keep fit, is addicted to coffee and has a Lancashire accent of sorts. She tweets @Sa11eGreen.

Matthew Crow

Matthew Crow was born and raised in Newcastle. Having worked as a freelance journalist since his teens he has contributed to a number of publications including the Independent on Sunday and the Observer. He has written for adults and YA. His book My Dearest Jonah, was nominated for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

17 Mar 2018 at 2:00pm
until 17 Mar 2018 at 4:00pm

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