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Friday, May 5 • 10:30am - 11:45am
1E: Essentials of the Young Adult Novel FILLING
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Have you ever considered writing a young adult novel? Have you wondered what, exactly, makes a novel young adult? Does the idea of writing an authentic teen voice make you thrilled and/or terrified? How should you decide whether to make the leap? Join young adult authors Jennifer De Leon and Katie Bayerl for an informative session that breaks down some of the myths and mystery around this fast-growing publishing category. (Spoiler: it's every bit as challenging--and rewarding--as writing for adults.) They'll share their own reasons for pursuing young adult writing, offer an overview of today's YA industry, and--through creative exercises and discussion--help you discover the young adult novel in you.

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Katie Bayerl

Katie fell in love with books before she can remember and with teaching when she was just a teen. The writing books for teens part came a bit later. She jumped right in and hasn’t looked back. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has worked as editor of a teen-generated magazine and taught creative writing in schools and a variety of community settings. She currently leads the VCFA Young Writers Network and teaches workshops for teens at GrubStreet. Her young adult fiction has won early honors, including the PEN New England... Read More →
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Jennifer De Leon

Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). A current City of Boston Artist-in-Residence, De Leon was also named the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence by the Associates of the Boston Public Library where she worked on her Young Adult novel, Don't Ask Me Where I'm From. Her short story... Read More →

Friday May 5, 2017 10:30am - 11:45am
Franklin Room