Wednesday, December 18, 2019

ARTICLE: The In-Betweeners by Heidi Ruby Miller in The Writer

ARTICLES

My article "The In-Betweeners: Bridging the Gap Between Middle Grade and YA" is in the January 2020 issue of The Writer magazine. It is based on a class I taught in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program and features quotes from Kathryn Miller Haines, Dr. Uwe Stender of TriadaUS Literary Agency, Nick Courage, and Stephanie Keyes.

Here's an excerpt:
Two years ago during the Writing Popular Fiction MFA winter residency at Seton Hill University, a discussion broke out amongst my students in a critique workshop geared toward young adult (YA) writers. They didn't think YA novels were really written for teens anymore, or at least early teens, yet most middle grade (MG) fiction felt as though it belonged more in the chapter book and younger reader category. Much of this concern was prompted by the idea that more adults wee now reading YA than teens were. Just look at the most recent Nielsen studies, which show that at least 80% of worldwide sales for YA novels are by adults for adults.

It was understandable that many of my students are now worried that what they were writing wasn't edgy enough for this new YA trend toward mature readers and wondered if truly age-appropriate fiction, where there was a younger teen protagonist, should actually be geared toward the MG audience. They weren't the only ones concerned.


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