Events

ALA Midwinter
January 22, 2017
Atlanta, GA

  • YA Gets Real: Character-Driven Contemporary Fiction
    11:00-11:50 a.m.
    PopTop Stage
    GWCC - Exhibit Hall, Middle of aisle 700

    Trends come and go, fantasy worlds are built and crumble, but contemporary teen stories with vivid, relatable characters never go out of style. Debut authors and Class of 2k17 Books members JC Davis, McCall Hoyle, Tiffany Jackson and Joanne O'Sullivan talk about the characters teens love to fall for, and fangirl/boy about and real-life issues they face. Join these authors for a conversation that gets real about contemporary teens, followed by trivia, giveaways and signings.
  • Author Signing
    2:00-3:00 p.m.
    Sky Pony Press, Booth #1944

    Meet the author and pick up some Cheesus swag!

DFWCon
May 6-7, 2017
Dallas, TX

  • Fabulous First Lines
    Saturday, May 6, 8:20-9:10 a.m.
    Room: San Antonio A

    Are your first lines falling flat? Bordering on boring? Simply sufficient? Come learn what makes a fabulous first line and how to ensure you’re creating a promise that delivers the wow factor readers are looking for. Successful first lines have a lot of things in common. We’ll examine what makes those first lines and first paragraphs sing and how you can use those same techniques to improve your story. Handouts will be provided and audience participation is encouraged.
  • Is it YA or MG?
    Sunday, May 7, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
    Room: San Antonio B

    Determining whether your current work in progress or the epic masterpiece you just finished fits on the Middle Grade shelves or is more suited to a teen audience is about more than the age of your main character. There are a number of factors that go into deciding where your book fits and important considerations like novel length, theme and voice. Making sure your book really is YA or MG or even an adult literary novel can help focus your writing efforts, strengthen your novel and make sure you’re querying the right agents.
  • Wheel of Fortune: Contests for Writers
    Sunday, May 7, 1:30-2:00 p.m.
    Room: San Antonio B

    There are hundreds of writing contests offered online and off each year. Some are free. Some are paid. Some get your work in front of agents, some get your work in front of editors and some offer monetary or other prizes. Join veteran contest entrant and occasional winner, J. C. Davis as she takes you through the ins and outs of what contests are on offer, how to enter, and what to expect afterward. From the highs to the lows, from the red flags to red ribbons we’ll discuss it all and help you discover if there’s a contest out there just right for you.

ALA Annual
June 24, 2017
Chicago, IL

  • Tough Topics in Teen Fiction--From Death to Disability to Everything in Between
    2:00-2:50 p.m.
    PopTop Stage

    Four 2017 YA authors discuss the importance of moving beyond stereotypical mean girls and insta-love to the deeper issues driving teens and what they read. They will discuss why certain books stand the test of time and others fade away and why YA has such crossover appeal to adult readers. Attendees will get a sneak peek at how some tough topics are dealt with honestly and sensitively in several upcoming releases.