March 7-10, 2018
Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference
Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside
We will be presenting on the following panels about young adult literature at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference:
Fri, March 9 - 4:30pm: Adding a Laugh Track: The Role of Humor in Kidlit. (Carrie DuBois-Shaw, Betsy Aldredge, J.C. Davis, Kristin L. Gray) Four Young Adult and Middle Grade authors will discuss the role of humor in their works and how it can help with creating relatable characters, illustrating character growth, heightening the stakes, dealing with tough subjects, and attracting reluctant readers. The authors will discuss different ways in which their works use humor and the things that make them, and readers, laugh.
Sat, March 10 - 9:00am: Writing Complex Female Characters for Young Audiences (Natalka Burian, Margaret Dilloway, Laura Shovan, Betsy Aldredge, Pintip Dunn) Five YA and MG authors discuss how their main characters stand up for themselves and equality in this wide-ranging discussion covering various genres, voices, choices, character arcs, family structures, and backgrounds. The authors will examine the responsibilities inherent in writing for young audiences and how they approach creating complex, compelling, and inspiring female characters worth rooting for.