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Friday, April 3

10:15am EDT

2I: The Art of Perspective in Young Adult Fiction
Limited Capacity seats available

Perspective-- and point of view-- is arguably the most important craft element that every fiction writer must consider. But "perspective" takes on new meaning in the realm of young adult fiction, in which characters-- by virtue of their youth-- bring an urgency to the conflicts they navigate.

In this session, we'll discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of writing from the perspective of younger characters, and for a younger reading audience. We'll discuss particulars of voice, dialogue, plot (and sub-plots!), psychic narrative distance, and more, and the presenters will share their own "story behind the stories," and shifting perspectives, while writing their young adult novels. Come with questions about your young adult manuscripts or ideas for one, and leave with more perspective of your own.

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Jennifer De Leon

Born in the Boston area to Guatemalan parents, Jennifer De Leon is the author of the novel Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From (Simon & Schuster/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books, 2020) and the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education (University of Nebraska Press, 2014). She graduated... Read More →
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Desmond Hall

I was born in Jamaica, West Indies and moved to Jamaica, Queens.I graduated Marquette University with a BA in Journalism and was selected for the “Who’s Who of American College Students.”I’ve written and directed an HBO feature movie, A Day in Black and White which was nominated... Read More →

Friday April 3, 2020 10:15am - 11:30am EDT
Boylston Room - Mezzanine Level
Saturday, April 4

9:00am EDT

5I: Why YA: The Unique Power of Young Adult Literature to Engage Difficult Topics
Limited Capacity seats available

Fiction writers in 2020 are surrounded by contemporary topics that demand attention, and yet challenge honest treatment. Grounded in his own experience writing about the aftermath of a school shooting, author Joseph Moldover will explore the power of Young Adult literature to addressing difficult, seemingly intractable topics, and the ability of the young voice to find unique perspectives on these problems.

We will ask what it means to address adult issues from a young perspective, how this differs from books about similar topics written from adult perspectives, and whether it makes sense to differentiate young adult from adult material in a world in which the older generations bequeath so many problems to the young.

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Joseph Moldover

Joseph Moldover is the author of Every Moment After, a Young Adult novel exploring the long-term impact of a school shooting. He has also published works of short fiction in MonkeyBicycle, One Teen Story, Typehouse, The MacGuffin, and elsewhere. Much of his prior work appeared under... Read More →

Saturday April 4, 2020 9:00am - 10:00am EDT
Hancock Room - Mezzanine Level