New Kid on the Block: A Guide to Writing New Adult

01/05/2015 - 01/30/2015

New Adult genre has become the hot new category in fiction. But what is it exactly?

New Adult straddles the line between childhood and adulthood, when protagonists are faced with intense life changes— moving away from home, starting university, first loves, experimenting with sex, joining the military, and so much more. New Adult isn’t just ‘sexed up’ Young Adult. Rather, the category represents a transitional period in a character’s life.

This workshop will provide a comprehensive study of the elements that make a book ‘New Adult.’ These elements include— voice, character age, the conflicts faced, and the ability to address mature and taboo themes. The workshop will compare and contrast New Adult with Young Adult, highlighting the similarities and differences between the two categories. The workshop will also address where New Adult fits from a marketing perspective, discussing trends in bookshelf stocking and the importance of eBooks in reaching the New Adult audience. Lastly, the workshop will discuss the category’s indie roots and will focus on the impact of book bloggers in driving the New Adult market.


About the Presenter, Chanel Cleeton:

Chanel Cleeton writes New Adult contemporary romances. She is the author of the International School series published by Harlequin HQN, the Capital Confessions series to be published by Berkley/Intermix, and her self-published title, French Kissed. Chanel loves sharing her passion for New Adult with writers and readers. She has taught several RWA chapter workshops on writing/marketing to a New Adult audience and has written articles for the Romance Writers Report, including one on New Adult marketing strategies, as well as presenting at last year’s RWA conference. An avid reader and hopeless romantic, she is happiest curled up with a book. Chanel loves to travel and spend time with her fighter pilot husband and three pups. She is represented by Kevan Lyon at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.


Cost: Members:20/Non-Members: 30

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