Bachelor of Creative Writing: Writing for Young Adults

Bachelor of Creative Writing: Writing for Young Adults

In one week, semester 1 year 2 at university will officially begin. I’m excited and glad to be back at uni even though The Tribe (my best friends from the UK) arrives on Sunday morning and will stay at my place for four weeks, so busy times  ahead. I can’t complain though as I won’t have to think about making food for myself and coffee will be abound all day long until it is wine time…

One of my subjects is Writing for Young Adults. I don’t think I’ve read many YA books. We have to read five books from a list of 10:

I had a brief look at them – well, only the ones that are on Kindle I will consider. I bought one so far, mainly because it was on special at 99 cents, Forever by Judy Blume. A semester is 13 weeks long, so I will have to get started with reading by the end of the week. I have to finish my two current books and I had such a busy week last week that I didn’t do much reading.
A few of them have audio so I should be able to easily read five of them within three weeks.

All our assessments are based on those books. So we HAVE to read them, no way around it. I wonder how the non-readers will cope. I know one of my classmates does not ready, ever. I know, it is strange, especially when you are told that writers have to read. If I remember correctly, even Stephen King in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (so enjoyed reading that book) says you have no excuse to not read; writers should be readers. A friend of mine writes better than I will ever do and she doesn’t read. Not that she doesn’t want to, she says she just hasn’t been able to find the time to do so.

I didn’t read for a few years, just a book here and there. I got back into serious reading when I got my first iPad. I discovered iBooks and I was hooked, though now I mainly buy Kindle books. Sometimes life gets hectic and I don’t have time to read, but I can’t see myself not reading at all for maximum a month, and that is a long time.  There are also the times where my mind will not switch on when I listen to an audio book, so until I clear my head, I have to listen to music. But, I wonder, is it such a bad thing to not be a reader when you want to be a writer?

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