YA Fiction Workshop

2022 YA Workshop

2021 Scholars

Alex Brown

Alex Brown (she/her) is a YA Horror writer who loves rooting for the final girl—especially if she’s also a monster. Alex is a queer biracial Filipino American, and one of the inaugural recipients of the SCBWI’s On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award. Alex has served as a mentor in Author Mentor Match, is a Pitch Wars and AMM aluma, and previously attended The Writing Barn's 2019 Rainbow Weekend and Futurescapes. Alex is one of the co-creators and producers of The Bridge, a haunted, folklore-filled audio drama podcast that has over 1,000,000 downloads to date! When she’s not writing, she works in the entertainment industry, where she's passionate about bringing more diverse stories to the big and small screen. She also loves to serenade her cat with showtunes. He mostly tolerates it. Alex is repped by Hannah Fergesen, of KT Literary. Find Alex on Twitter: @gravity_fail09 .

Arriel Vinson

Arriel Vinson is a Tin House Winter Workshop alumna and Hoosier 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 or are forthcoming in Kweli Journal, The Rumpus, The Offing, Catapult magazine, and others. Her work has also been nominated for Best New Poets 2020, Best of the Net 2019, and a Pushcart Prize. She is a 2019 Kimbilio Fellow and 2020 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest semifinalist. Find Arriel @arriwrites on Twitter and Instagram.

Channler Twyman

Channler Twyman is an emerging writer from Atlanta, GA in the U.S. He has significant editorial experience and has been published both online and in print through various publishers, journals, and creative sites. He is currently the Digital Events Facilitator for Elizabeth's Bookshop and Writing Centre where the aim is to celebrate and honor writers of marginalized backgrounds through our programming and bookshelves. He is currently working on his debut novel. Find Channler on Instagram and Twitter @channwrites.

Gail Upchurch

Gail Upchurch is a writer of young adult and adult fiction. She holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University’s creative writing program (SUNY), an MFA in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction from Chicago State University, and a BA in English from Howard University (HU! You know!). Gail has received support from the Highlights Foundation and has short stories forthcoming in The Missouri Review and Obsidian: Journal & Ideas in the African Diaspora. She is currently at work on a young adult novel about a disabled teenage abortion survivor, the boy with whom she falls in love, and the power of choice. Originally from the south side of Chicago, Gail now lives in Maryland with three kiddos and a hubs. When she’s not making up stories, she plays the piano really, really badly, eats cheesy snacks, and teaches African American literature, creative writing, and composition at the University of Maryland, College Park. You can find Gail at gailupchurchwriter.com and on Twitter @upchurch_gail.

Jean Ferruzola

Jean Ferruzola is an Ecuadorian American writer and narrative designer currently based in Seattle. She received her MFA from the University of Washington, and her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Review, Brevity, The Offing, and Entropy Magazine, among others. She was a 2014/15 Hugo House Fellow and a recipient of Artist Trust’s Grants for Artist Projects in 2016. Find Jean on Twitter: @jean_ferruzola & Instagram: @jeanferruzola.

Lisa Ryan

Lisa Ryan lives in Philadelphia, where she writes contemporary young adult fiction. As a freelance writer, Lisa applies her journalism background and strong opinions about popular media to the queer arts and culture beat; her writing has appeared in Autostraddle. Her longform investigative story "The mystery of Margaret Fox" won a responsible journalism award in the New Jersey Press Association's 2017 newspaper contest.

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu

Yvette Lisa Ndlovu is a Zimbabwean sarungano (storyteller). She is pursuing her MFA at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst where she teaches in the Writing Program. She has taught at Clarion West Writers Workshop online, earned her BA at Cornell University, and is a 2021 Tin House Scholar. She was the 2020 fiction winner of Columbia Journal’s Womxn History Month Special Issue and is the co-founder of the Voodoonauts Summer Workshop for Black SFF writers. Her work has been anthologized in Tor.com and Fiyah Literary Magazine’s Breathe FIYAH anthology and the Voices of African Women Journal. She received the 2017 Cornell University George Harmon Coxe Award for Poetry selected by Sally Wen Mao and is a 2020 New York State Summer Writers Institute Scholarship recipient. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in the Columbia Journal, Tor.com, Fiyah Literary Magazine, the Jellyfish Review, and Kalahari Review. You can find her on Twitter @lisa_teabag.