How to Write a Coming of Age Novel

How to Write a Coming of Age Novel with Author James Wade

To Kill a Mockingbird, Catcher in the Rye, Huck Finn, Little Women, and the list goes on—many American literary classics can be categorized under the coming-of-age umbrella. But what does that mean? And what makes this familiar trope so worthy? Join award-winning author James Wade as he unpacks the value and navigates the signs and symptoms of a character on the cusp. In this class, James will show you:

  • What makes a novel coming-of-age
  • How to show character growth and/or change
  • The rules of coming-of-age novels…
  • And how to break them

  This class is for:

  • Any writer considering or currently working on a coming-of-age story, novel, or memoir.
  • Any writer who wants to learn more about character development

James Wade lives and writes in the Texas Hill Country with his wife and daughter. His debut novel, All Things Left Wild,won the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Historical Novel and the MPIBA’s Reading the West Award for Best Debut Fiction. His second novel, River, Sing Out, was released in the summer of 2021. James is also a winner of the Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Contest, and a finalist of the Tethered by Letters Short Fiction Contest. James is represented by Mark Gottlieb with Trident Media Group.

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