Book Writing For Teens


Love reading but wish you could tell the characters what to do? Have too much creative energy to binge Netflix? You need a challenging yet rewarding long-term project that develops crucial skills while deepening your love of literature.


A FREE online summer camp & writing course made just for teens!

Class begins on June 1st and will last roughly three months.

Each week there will be a new video module and challenge, where we'll walk you through step-by-step how to outline, draft, write and edit your very own novel. We'll focus mainly on YA fantasy and scifi, but you're free to develop ANY story idea using our plotting resources.

You'll learn:

  1. How to write compelling fiction readers love
  2. How to outline a book and hit the right turning points
  3. How to increase stakes, drama and conflict
  4. How to design characters readers can't help but love
  5. How to keep the pacing tight so readers are glued to every page
  6. How to revise and edit your manuscript to make it perfect
  7. How to breathe life into your writing

Schedule & Curriculum

You'll be expected to keep up with the video assignments, and invest an hour or two a day working on your project. Our schedule will roughly follow a "plot, write, edit" format. During July, you'll be expected to write about 10,000 words a week, BUT if you want to go through the June resources quickly, you can start writing earlier.

June: Plot
Week 1: Fiction basics
Week 2: Your hero's journey
Week 3: Plotting your book
Week 4: Raising the stakes

July: Write
Week 5: Point of no return (10K)
Week 6: Midpoint (20K)
Week 7: Dark night of the soul (30K)
Week 8: Epic conclusion (40K)

August: Edit
Week 9: Describing Scenes (5K)
Week 10: Conflict & Suspense (5K)
Week 11: Repetition & Redundancy (5k)
Week 12: The final polish (trimming the fat).

Your goal will be a clean manuscript of roughly 50,000 words.

Storytelling is a highly valued skill, with rewarding and practical benefits that can help you stand out in a variety of fields, such as college application essays or job interviews - but if you really love writing, this course will even help you learn how to make as a published writer.

$500 Writing Contest

We've decided to sponsor a young writer's dream by adding a big incentive: we regularly publish high quality novels through our publishing imprint "Urban Epics" and are looking for an amazing story to support. The winner will get a $500 cash bonus, all publishing costs waived, and a heavy developmental edit from a bestselling author.

Details about that program will be announced at the end of the summer, we will have a submission/application process set up by August.

Sign up below to enroll for free and we'll send out an email when the program starts!

Your Instructor

Derek Murphy
Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy has a PhD in Literature and has been featured in CNN for hosting writing retreats in medieval castles. After working with thousands of authors as a writing coach and developmental author, he began developing plotting cheatsheets and advanced writing tips for authors that now have over 2 million views on YouTube.

Got Questions?

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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