YA Writing Conference | Offsite
| Phoenix Public Library and Changing Hands Bookstore present |
YOUNG ADULT WRITING CONFERENCE
9am-3pm SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
WRITING CLASSES, YOUNG ADULT WRITING PANEL AND BOX LUNCH
Location: Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix 85004
Central at McDowell METRO Light Rail Station
EARLY REGISTRATION SPECIAL: $75 through Jan 19 | $85 Jan 20-28
Register now! 480.730.0205
Eleven authors of young adult fiction, including several New York Times bestsellers, share strategies, tips, and tricks for writing engaging work for tween and teen readers. You can choose three of four informative sessions to fill your three-session schedule, including "Unforgettable Characters," "Heroes and Villains," "Realistic Dialogue," and "Edgy Fiction." Please select your three sessions before calling to register by viewing class descriptions below.
Presenters and panelists include authors Adam Rex, Bree Despain, James Owen, Anna Carey, Kiersten White, Aprilynne Pike, Amy Fellner Dominy, C J Hill (aka Janette Rallison), Robin Brande, Cecil Castellucci, and Tom Leveen.
Conference fee includes box lunch and three of four classes offered. Registration and pre-payment required at 480.730.0205.
GREAT GIFT IDEA for the writers in your life. Purchase a $75 gift card for early registration. We'll even gift wrap the card for you!
8:30am - REGISTRATION AND CHECK-IN
9:00-10:15 Session 1
2:45pm Session 3
Unforgettable Characters | When it comes to creating a truly unforgettable character it's almost always because the writer knows the character intimately well. Explore your characters with young adult authors, Bree Despain (The Lost Saint), James Owen (The Shadow Dragons) and Adam Rex (Fat Vampire). Together they will give you a slew of methods on how to develop strong, multidimensional characters, and create a deeper connection between your characters and readers.
Heroes and Villains | "Creating Dynamic Heroes and Nefarious Villains" — The hero (protagonist) and the villain (antagonist) are the two most important characters in many stories. They have opposing goals and are bound through conflict. Young adult authors Anna Carey (Eve), Aprilynne Pike (Illusions) and Kiersten White (Supernaturally) will teach you how to develop compelling heroes and villains that will lasso your readers and never let them go!
Realistic Dialogue | "Write the Talk" — Anyone can write "dialogue" but writing good dialogue is not easy. Everyday conversations, in real life, don't necessarily work in a novel. The irony is that real life dialogue is disjointed and boring at times. In this in-depth workshop, young adult authors Robin Brande (Parallelogram), Amy Fellner Dominy (OyMG) and C.J. Hill, aka Janette Rallison (Slayers) will give you techniques on how to create "artful deception", writing dialogue that doesn't exist in nature, but gives the flavor or illusion of a real conversation.
Edgy Fiction | "Consequences and Grave Peril: Danger is a Writer's Best Friend"— New writers can often be hesitant to put their characters in peril, tending to hold them close, for fear of not being able to write their way out of danger (mostly) unscathed. Young adult authors Cecil Castellucci (First Day On Earth) and Tom Leveen (Party), host this workshop on how writers can make danger their best friend—crafting scenes that keep readers on the edge of their seats and turning the pages!
BOX LUNCH | PANEL DISCUSSION | Difference Between writing YA and MG | It is often difficult for writers to determine whether they are writing for young adults or middle grade. In this panel we will discuss the differences that define the two from panelists Robin Brande (Parallelogram Series), Aprilynne Pike (Illusions), James Owen (The Shadow Dragons) and Adam Rex (Fat Vampire). Moderated by Elsa Black, Children and Teen Collection Development Librarian.
4-6pm | YAllapalooza 2012! Booksigning and party details here »