About the Author/Instructor
andace Ganger is a freelance copy editor, stay-at-home mother
of one tenacious princess and avid blogger whose articles have been featured on various websites
including Phys Org, Shopping Nanny, Quick Books Pro, and others. She is a winner of the 2010
Sourcebooks/Teenfire Writing Competition and has written an edgy Youn Adult novel she's shopping
to agents while working on the next one.
Prior to pursuing a career in writing, Candace worked for five years as a musician,
publicist and small town socialite. These experiences provide the inspiration for stories,
both fiction and real. She is an avid supporter of the nonprofit groups
which provides support for individuals struggling with depression, addiction and self-injury,
Joy2theWorld.org, a site dedicated to global empowerment of women and children through micro-loans.
When she's not covered in peanut butter and toddler stickers,
she enjoys reading, writing, and all things rock n' roll.
Getting Started (Course Syllabus)
Unit 1: Overview of the YA Phenomenon
Unit 2: Outlining 101
Unit 3: Story Building Basics
Unit 4: How to Hook an Audience with a Killer First Page
Unit 5: First Draft to Revision
Unit 6: R is for Revision
Unit 7: Query Writing Basics, Agents and Rejections
Unit 8: Generating Buzz
Unit 9: Final Exam
How to Participate in this Course
Enroll and start learning today! All course materials will be available when you start the
class, so you don't have to wait for weekly lessons and you can truly learn at your own pace.
You don't have to be online at any set time; study at your leisure from the comfort or your home
The course curriculum will include tutorial lessons, suggested readings, and optional
homework activities. If you are taking the class for enjoyment or self-enrichment, homework is
optional but participation is encouraged. Students who approach online learning as an adventure
and actively participate will derive the most benefit and enjoyment from online learning.
Homework projects, if completed satisfactorily, will earn Extra Credit points which will be
added to your Final Exam score and may increase the overall grade you earn in the course.
Handbook provides useful information on how to make the most of your online learning
experience at KSURF's Virtual University. Refer to this guide for helpful tips on how to access
classrooms, post homework, and answers to most frequently asked questions.