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Association of Writers and Writing Programs

  • AWP Annual Conference Tampa, FL (map)

A panel of four middle grade authors talk about how setting can increase tension, add depth to plot, inform character development, and reflect young readers’ experiences. Five accomplished middle grade authors with diverse backgrounds will discuss approaches to using an unstable setting to connect with readers, and draw the interest of editors and agents.

Panelists include:
Janet Sumner Johnson, The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society (Capstone Young Readers)
Karina Glaser, The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
Laura Shovan, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary (Random House)
Tricia Springstubb, What Happened on Fox Street (Balzer & Bray)

Earlier Event: February 3
Whirlikids Book Fest
Later Event: April 20
SOKY Book Festival