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Writers Night Out
Demystifying YA: Take Your Young Adult Novel from Process to Publication
How do you know your YA manuscript is ready to send out? How do you secure the right agent and publisher who will help you find readers? What else must be done once you land that dreamed-of book deal?
Three recently debuted YA novelists and an editor specializing in YA fiction will take you behind the scenes of YA writing and publishing.
You'll hear insights on:
- What they learned (and wished they had known) along the way
- Craft and connecting with the YA world
- Publishing and marketing
Join us for a conversation facilitated by Esther Hershenhorn, veteran children’s book author, writing instructor, and Regional Advisor Emeritus for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Networking and mingling will follow the discussion. Light snacks will be served.
Presented by Chicago Writers Conference and The Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.
About the Panelists
Esther Hershenhorn (facilitator) is the author of, most recently, Txtng Mama, Txtng Baby. She is the Regional Advisor Emeritus for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Natalie Haney Tilghman (panelist) is the co-author of A 52-Hertz Whale, a debut YA novel forthcoming from the Carolrhoda Lab (Lerner Publishing) in 2015. Her work has been published in Cicada Magazine, TriQuarterly, and many other magazines and journals.
Elizabeth Wheeler (panelist) is the author of Asher’s Fault, which won the National Federation of Women’s Press and Illinois Women’s Press Association Young Adult Creative Fiction Book of the Year. Her second novel, Asher’s Shot, received accolades from USA Today; and her final book in the trilogy, Asher’s Out, is scheduled for release through Bold Strokes Books in July 2015.
Stefanie Lyons (panelist) holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, she’s organizing her locker, crushing on boys, or getting ready for prom. In her head, that is. Because her teen years were great. Stefanie is represented by Erin Harris of Folio Literary Management. her first novel, Dating Down, will be released by Flux on April 8, 2015.
Wendy McClure (panelist) is the founding editor of Albert Whitman & Company’s young adult imprint, Albert Whitman Teen, and her acquired titles include The Lifeguard by Deborah Blumenthal, Skin and Bones by Sherry Shahan, and Cal Armistead’s Being Henry David, which was named one of the best YA books of 2013 by Kirkus Reviews and Buzzfeed.
Where does this panel take place?
Location is in the right-hand sidebar: Gleacher Center, 450 N. Cityfront Plaza, Chicago, IL.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
Information is on the Gleacher Center website.
What can/can't I bring to the event?
Please provide your questions ahead of time (you'll be asked at registration).
Please bring something to take notes with.
DO NOT BRING: Query letters or manuscripts.
What is the refund policy?
See our policy for WNO events here. You may transfer your registration at no charge.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
No. Please contact us if you need to transfer your registration to someone else.