YA - Young Adult Fiction

2:00 PM | Location: Boomer B

Monsters, Villains, and Heroes

Character complexity is the spice that brings life to your page. How does understanding the motivation of villains or monsters change your readers' experiences with these antagonists? What's the secret sauce for pairing attributes like selfishness, cruelty, aloofness and megalomania with backstories, quirks, surprising moments of tenderness and the things that make audiences root for the bad guy, too?

Moderator: Mike Kennedy

Panelists: B. J. Thrower, David J. Pedersen, Mark Finn, Mike Kennedy, Tommy B. Smith

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA - Young Adult Fiction

5:00 PM | Location: Embassy Hotel: Bedlam 2 Boardroom

Making Up Urban Legends

“It’s totally true! I heard it from a friend of a friend!” Here’s your chance to be that FOAF. Join with others as we discuss some of the most popular urban legends, why they’re so contagious, and create brand new urban legends that people will soon be whispering along with a call coming from inside the house, hook-handed escapees, and vanishing hitchhikers.

Moderator: Jeff Provine

Panelists: Jeff Provine

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Supernatural & Paranormal, YA - Young Adult Fiction, Workshop

3:00 PM | Location: Noble

Build your own Fairy Tale

Kids choose raw components from a list of story elements and assemble their own Heroic Journey. (Adults welcome too.)

Moderator: vickey malone kennedy

Panelists: vickey malone kennedy

Tracks: Kids, Writing & Publishing, YA - Young Adult Fiction

4:00 PM | Location: Boomer A

Multi-Genre Storytelling

Literature has many popular genres: science fiction, fantasy, adventure, mystery and beyond. Writers discuss how to incorporate multi-genre writing into your own storytelling and find out how to make such a story more than simply a sum of its parts.

Moderator: M. Scott Carter

Panelists: A. Lee Martinez, J.H. Fleming, John Scalzi, Laura J. Underwood, M. Scott Carter, Selina Rosen

Tracks: Writing & Publishing, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Pop Culture & Entertainment, YA - Young Adult Fiction