Welcome to YARWA!

Here we celebrate all things YA— readers, writers, authors, books, and conventions. We share information, hold online classes, and support each other on the road to publication and beyond. Networking opportunities and a strong, active membership make YARWA a powerful force in the young adult writing community.

So have a look around. . .check out our members pages and how you can become one. Browse through upcoming workshops and latest event news. At YARWA, we’ve always got the creative juices flowing, and this is the place to take your sip! Get inspired and get involved in the wonderful world of young adult literature.

Members’ Corner

“The Truth about Tropes” by YARWA member Linda Budzinski

As a proud member of #BachelorNation, one of my favorite people on Twitter is former Bachelor Sean Lowe, who met his wife, Catherine, during his season in 2013. Just before Thanksgiving, Sean posted a Tweet that made me laugh out loud:

“Catherine has already started watching Lifetime Christmas movies and I think my brain may explode if I have to endure six more weeks of this stuff. Also, somewhat nervous about her leaving me for a small town guy who’s trying to save his family’s business.”

Yep. I watched my share of Lifetime and Hallmark movies over the holidays, and I can attest, that (or something very similar) was the premise of half of them.

Why do romance movies and novels tend toward certain storylines? The answer is simple: Because viewers and readers love them!

Webster’s dictionary defines a trope as, “a common or overused theme or device: cliché.” Cambridge, on the other hand, defines it as, “something such as an idea, phrase, or image that is often used … in a particular type of art.”

I like the Cambridge definition better. This is art, people! Tropes are our palettes, and it takes a skilled artist to use them to create stories that make readers laugh, cry, and swoon.

As YA romance writers, tropes are our friends, because readers—and especially romance readers—know what they like. And YA romance readers, bloggers, agents, and influencers are not shy about seeking out or recommending their favorite tropes… Read Full Post Here

2020  Rosemary Contest

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