Tropes—you can’t live with them and you can’t live without them! Almost every YA author uses a trope, and every YA author has an opinion about them. In this workshop, we learned about as many YA tropes as possible while exploring how different types of characters can give tropes a unique twist. Using writing prompts and readings from YA novels, we were able to answer questions like: How do you write a trope? How can you make them more exciting? How does a story benefit, or not, from the standard tropes? What does a trope do? This workshop was themed: Escape.
Mentees & Mentors:
- Gained a better understanding of YA fiction and the tropes that make the genre.
- Learned about the debates about whether tropes are overdone or not.
- Learned the professional journey of the TA
- Begun a draft of a YA short story
- “I loved creating very different characters with different values who still work together really well.”
- “Starting with a trope actually got me feeling more creative than usual! It was freeing, weirdly.”
- “This was so fun! I’ve never tried writing YA before, but this made it so approachable.”
Arriel Vinson is a 2020 Walter Grant Recipient and Midwesterner who writes about being young, Black and in search of freedom. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poetry, fiction and essays have appeared in Kweli Journal, Catapult, The Rumpus, Waxwing and others. A Tin House YA Scholar and contributing editor for Catapult, Arriel is also a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow. Her work has been nominated for Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2019, and a Pushcart Prize. You can connect with her on Twitter @arriwrites.