Writing a Young Adult Novel

A course by Carola Martinez Arroyo , Writer, Editor, and Educator

Writer, Editor, and Educator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined February 2020

Discover the tools to help turn your next idea into a novel for teens

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (93)
  • 1890 students

Discover the tools to help turn your next idea into a novel for teens

According to writer, editor, and educator Carola Martínez, young adults are readers in training with a wide variety of options to choose from, and that is precisely what makes them a challenge for writers. That's why it's crucial to have a set of tools at your disposal to help you conquer your fear of the blank page and successfully develop the plot of your story.

In this course, Carola teaches you different techniques to start writing a young adult novel and transform your next idea into engaging literature for teens. Create a plot outline that allows you to organize the characters, conflicts, and narrators that your story will revolve around.

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What will you learn in this online course?

16 lessons & 29 downloads

Reading for inspiration
11 minutes, 50 seconds
Youth book background
13 minutes, 44 seconds
Narrative rundown
11 minutes, 21 seconds
20 minutes, 24 seconds
13 minutes, 34 seconds
Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (93)
  • 1890 students
  • 16 lessons (3h 17m)
  • 29 additional resources (11 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

What is this course's project?

Create your own plot outline with a detailed structure of your story.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in writing for young adults or learning more about the world of YA literature.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary to take this course.

All you need are basic writing materials such as a pencil and a notebook, or a computer with a word processor if you prefer to write in a digital format.


1890 Students
93 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Carola Martinez Arroyo

Teacher Plus
Writer, Editor, and Educator

Carola Martínez Arroyo has played an active role in the world of children's and young adult literature since 1998. She is the author of multiple young adult books, two of which, Matilde (2017) and Nunca jamás (2019), have earned a place in the White Ravens catalogue, one of the highest honors in children's and young adult literature.

She is also an editor and runs a specialized blog and bookshop under the same name: Donde viven los libros. When she's not creating, she shares her passion for books by directing a reading program in Buenos Aires and teaching classes and training courses on reading, writing, and literature for education professionals and curious young minds.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Laying the foundations

    • Reading for inspiration
    • Youth book background
    • Difference between short story and novel
    • Narrative rundown
  • U3

    Tools and structure: elements for writing a novel

    • Characters
    • Dialogue
    • Conflict
    • Storyteller
    • Atmosphere
    • Weather
  • U4

    Let's do it

    • Write
    • Rewrite, the best part of the process 1
    • Rewrite, the best part of the process 2
    • Publishing market
  • FP

    Final project

    • Tools for writing a youth novel

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Writing a Young Adult Novel. Writing course by Carola Martinez Arroyo

Writing a Young Adult Novel

A course by Carola Martinez Arroyo
Writer, Editor, and Educator. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined February 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (93)
  • 1890 students