Writing for young adults is workshop topic


Ponte Vedra Beach author Kate Stollenwerck’s debut novel “Hello, Goodbye” won the 2022 Florida Book Awards Gold Medal for Young Adult Fiction. She will give an overview of the genre and then deep dive into the essential elements of YA fiction writing at the FWA Ponte Vedra Writers meeting on Saturday, Sept. 23. The meeting is set for 11 a.m. at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Young adult fiction is aimed at readers ages 12-18, and the YA market has been booming. While these novels have a lot in common with other genres, writers need to keep in mind the distinctive differences when writing for that market. Stollenwerck will address those differences in her presentation.

Stollenwerck is a fifth generation Texan, born and raised in Dallas. She practiced law for a large Chicago firm for several years before taking time off to raise her children. In 2019, she revisited an old manuscript and kept on writing. She now lives in Ponte Vedra Beach with her husband and three children.

The Ponte Vedra Writers group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide, membership organization dedicated to the support of both aspiring and published writers in any genre. The Sept. 23 meeting is free and open to members and nonmembers alike.

For information on FWA go to floridawriters.org.