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NYCTAF: Friday Symposium

March 18, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

2:00 – Introduction

2:10-2:50: Crafting Reality

Explanation: Each of these authors writes “realistic” fiction – but, of course, reality has to be crafted in order to fit into the form of a novel. This will be a discussion about how you take the things that are true and translate them into a real-seeming fiction.

Ami Allen-Vath
Cordelia Jensen
Kody Keplinger
Sarah Darer Littman
Lois Metzger
Rajdeep Paulus
Randy Ribay
Jessica Verdi

Moderator: David Levithan

2:50-3:45: The Secret YA Lives of Adult Characters

Explanation: What if famous literary characters had secret YA pasts?

Tara Crowl
Gina Damico
Timothy Decker
Katelyn Detweiler
Corey Ann Haydu
JJ Howard
Kass Morgan
Sharon Huss Roat
Aaron Starmer
Tommy Wallach

3:55-4:40: Suspicious Minds

Explanation: Adolescence is naturally a time of suspicion – gone is the childhood assumption that adults know what’s going on, and always have your best interests at heart. These authors take these ordinary suspicions and heighten them by putting their protagonists in extraordinary situations. Here they will talk about writing about adolescent suspicion – both on the personal and societal levels.

Robin Epstein
SE Green
Lee Kelly
Alexandra Monir
Meredith Moore
Diana Renn
Tiffany Schmidt
Yvonne Ventresca

Moderator: Tara Altebrando

4:40-5:30: Perspective (Part 1)

Explanation: What perspective do we, as adults, bring to our novels when we write about teenagers? How do we balance what we know and what our characters don’t? Why do we find ourselves revisiting these years, and what do we learn (even years later) by writing about them? How do you acknowledge the darkness without robbing the reader of finding any light? In this candid conversation, we’ll talk to four acclaimed authors about being an adult and writing about teenagers.

Beth Kephart
Carolyn Mackler
Luanne Rice
Francisco Stork

Moderator: David Levithan


March 18, 2016
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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