University of Arizona Campus  •  March 14 -15, 2020  •  9:30am to 5:30pm

Writing a Young Adult Novel: Playing with Form

A strength of YA literature is the openness of authors to experimenting with form and finding new ways to tell a story and engage teen readers. This panel of best-selling young adult includes authors who share their experiences with trying out new formats as well as their observations about current trends in YA literature.

Kiersten White

Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of "The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein," the Slayer series, the And I Darken trilogy and many more novels. Her latest book is "The Guinevere Deception," the first book in the Camelot Rising series....

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Sharon Cameron

Sharon Cameron is the New York Times best-selling author of "The Dark Unwinding," "A Spark Unseen," "Rook," "The Forgetting," "The Knowing" and her newest, "The Light in Hidden Places." Her books have won the Parents' Choice Gold Award, the Westchester Fiction Award, earned starred reviews from Booklist, SLJ and Kirkus and have been chosen for numerous lists, including Indie Next Top Ten, YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults, Audible Best Books and numerous state award nominations....

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Thanhha Lai

Thanhhà Lại is the New York Times bestselling author of "Inside Out & Back Again," which won both a National Book Award and a Newbery Honor. This semi-autobiographical, debut novel in verse is part of the eighth-grade curriculum in New York and is taught throughout the world....

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Sylvia Zéleny

Sylvia Zéleny is a bilingual author from Sonora, México. Sylvia has published several short story collections and novels in Spanish. Her latest novel is "The Everything I Have Lost." She received her master's of fine arts in creative writing from the University of Texas at El Paso, where she currently directs the online MFA....

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