2:00 – Introduction
2:10-2:50: The Flavors of Human Evil
Explanation: A discussion of putting a face to human evil in YA fiction, and how human monsters are the most terrifying of them all.
Laurie Halse Anderson
2:50-3:45: Strange and Unusual Fandoms
Explanation: Our creative spotlight for Friday – reverse fan fiction! Yes, in this, authors write a short, short story or vignette about a teen fan of something strange and unusual.
3:55-4:40: Difficult Characters
Explanation: Many of the best YA characters take readers outside their comfort zones – they may not be instantly likable or understandable, but over the course of a novel, they come to have an effect by coming to life (in all its messiness) on the page. This is a conversation about writing “difficult characters” – where they come from, what they’re like to deal with as an author, and what response do they get from readers (and does that response matter?)
Lisa Selin Davis
Moderator: Melissa Walker
4:40-5:30: On Being a Writer
Explanation: Our free-for-all craft panel, talking honestly about different aspects of being a writer, from methods of creation to what to do once the book is out in the world.
Cathleen Davitt Bell
Sarah Darer Littman
Moderator: David Levithan