Next week, this is where I’ll be. If you are attending, come and see me. It’s my first time there and I’m going to listen to some panels from people like Mark Coker and Neil Thompson. They get the best of the best for this convention. And it is going to be massive, non-stop fun.
Â For more information on the convention, visit the website here.
YA: The Writing Life
For our first YA panel of the conference, weâ€™ve assembled experts from various subgenres to provide Writing Life info for you. Join these experts â€” whose fields span from Sci-Fi to Horror, Fantasy to Contemporary â€” as they give you valuable tips on everything from hitting your deadlines to the day-to-day business of being a professional writer.
Event Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 – 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Moderator: Lea Nolan
Panelist(s): Zoraida Cordove, Lorrain Heath (aka Rachel Hawthorne), Justine Larbalestier, Christina Lauren, Mari Mancusi, Lissa Price
YA: Welcome to the Dark Side – YA Thrillers and Romantic Suspense
Romantic suspense and mystery are mainstays in adult fiction, but YA publishers and readers are catching on to what adult fiction readers have known for years: fear can be just as exciting as kisses, and sometimes the two go together in unexpected (and intoxicating) ways. Join us as we discuss how to bring this adult standard to teen readers and debate the inevitable YA question â€” how far should we go?
Event Date: Friday, May 15, 2015 – 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Moderator: Lissa Price
Panelist(s): Susan Ee, Becca Fitzpatrick, Kami Garcia, Melissa Marr (aka Ronnie Douglas), Brendan Reichs
The Match Game: YA Author Edition
Authors and readers team up and answer a host of YA lit questions like:Â Which district hid Katniss after she left the arena for the last time inÂ TheÂ Hunger Games?Â InDivergent,Â what are Fourâ€™s fears? How many books are in Sara Shepard series Pretty Little Liars?Â Watch as participants they race to beat the clock â€” and the other team. Volunteer to join a team or play along from the audience!
Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 4:30pm to 5:45pm
Host(s): Ann Aguirre, Brodi Ashton, Susane Colasanti, Andrea Cremer, Kady Cross, Colleen Houck, C.C. Hunter (aka Christie Craig), Marie Lu, Jodi Meadows, Danielle Page, Lissa Price, Brendan Reichs, Kristen Simmons, Rachel Vincent (aka Katy West)
Moderator: Gretchen McNeil
Signing in YA Alley for Teen Day
Event Date: Saturday, May 16, 2015 – 11:00am to 2:00pm