April at MWAA: Is YA Fiction Your Genre?

Annapolis Chapter of the MWA

Young adult (YA) fiction is one of the hottest segments of the publishing market these days, but writing effectively for this audience demands an approach that in many ways makes writing YA more challenging that writing for either adults or children.

headshot-2015-caroline-bockJoin us on Wednesday, April 19th to learn more about what it takes to write successfully for a growing audience of increasingly discerning and sophisticated YA readers. Noted DC author Caroline Bock discusses what it is that draws her to YA fiction, the challenges inherent in the genre and what she does to overcome them, the path to publication, and some of what she’s learned as a successful YA author.

About the speaker: Caroline Bock is the author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels Lie and Before My Eyes from St. Martin’s Press. Her short fiction is included in the 2017 District Lines IV and in the 2016…

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Jones Beach State Park, story by Caroline Bock (BEACH AND POOL MEMORIES Poetry and Prose Series)

Silver Birch Press

jones-beachJones Beach State Park
by Caroline Bock

Pop always approached the ocean gingerly, patting down his freckled arms with handfuls of briny, blue-grey water, letting the cold seep in, his broad back muscled tough like a turtle’s shell. He always wore green bathing trunks striped with palm trees down to his hairy knees. He wasn’t by nature a cautious man. In fact, that day, the hottest of summer by far, he drove us, his four kids between the ages of three and eight to Jones Beach, and let us loose with only a warning to stay clear of stinging jellyfish, deadly undertows, and killer sharks. “If you’re afraid, stay on the sand,” he said, abandoning his ablutions, and diving under a seawall of a wave. We couldn’t figure out what he wanted us to do, follow him, or not? The tide streamed through our toes, threatening to pull us in…

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