Virtual Retreat: Writing the Young Adult Novel

June 17-18, 2021 with Visiting Writer Shannon Gibney

Maximum 12 participants

Retreat will be conducted via Zoom. No prior experience with Zoom is required, but participants will need sufficient computer and internet access to use it. If you would like to test your computer capabilities for Zoom before applying, please email us at northbeachwriters@gmail.com and we will be happy to do a test run before you apply.


Cost: $350, due within two weeks of acceptance.


The retreat will include a two-hour morning session and a two-hour afternoon session each of the two days all led by Shannon Gibney, with writing time in between.

Writing the YA novel

In this workshop you will learn the nuts and bolts of creating an engaging YA novel: multifaceted primary and secondary characters, dialogue that’s real and move the story forward, world-building, pacing, and more. Bring your works-in-progress, for workshop and/or feedback.


Shannon Gibney is an award-winning author of books of all kinds — from novels to anthologies to essays to picture books. She writes for adults, children, and everyone in-between .

The through-line in all her work is stories that may have previously gone untold. Sometimes these perspectives have remained hidden because the speakers have not had an outlet for their stories; other times, the stories carry darkness and fear that we prefer to look away from.

What God Is Honored Here: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color (University of Minnesota Press, October, 2019), exemplifies this approach, as does Gibney’s most recent novel, Dream Country (Dutton, 2018), which Kirkus describes as “a necessary reckoning of tensions within the African diaspora — an introduction to its brokenness and a place to start healing.”

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