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Sunday, May 19 • 11:30am - 12:30pm
Talking up: Worldbuilding in KidLit

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What does it mean to build believable, accessible, meaningful worlds for younger audiences? A panel of published middle grade authors discusses how to write for kids without "writing down” to them. How are difficult, dark, or adult themes altered, refocused, or built into a world? And how much detail is enough--or too much, to create a world that enthralls without throwing off pacing? How do science-fiction or fantasy worlds provide kids with ways to explore and understand real life? Join this panel of debut authors as they discuss their experiences creating worlds that can both challenge and support kids. 

Moderators
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Christine Taylor-Butler

Author
CHRISTINE TAYLOR-BUTLER has written more than forty books for children, including biographies, state histories, and several science and fiction series. An avid reader since she was a child, Taylor-Butler believes that for many children books are their introduction to the vast diversity... Read More →

Speakers
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Joshua Levy

Author
Joshua S. Levy was born and raised in Florida. After teaching middle school (yes, including seventh grade) for a little while, he went to law school. He lives with his wife and children in New Jersey, where he practices as a lawyer. Unfortunately, outer space doesn’t come up in... Read More →
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Gabrielle Byrne

Author, Macmillan
Gabby lives in the rainy wilds of the Pacific Northwest, where she writes fantasy for kids of all ages. She studied opera in Philadelphia, medieval studies in New York, literature in Scotland, and marine biology in the Pacific Northwest. Her debut middle grade fantasy, RISE OF THE... Read More →
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Nicole Valentine

Author
Nicole Valentine has an MFA in Writing for Children from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her debut novel, A Time Traveler's Theory of Relativity is coming this October from Lerner/Carolrhoda. She teaches writing at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. Previously, Nicole was a... Read More →

Finalists
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Henry Lien

Author, Holt/Macmillan
Henry Lien is a 2012 graduate of Clarion West. His works have appeared in publications including Asimov’s, Analog, F&SF, and Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, and earned multiple Nebula Award nominations. He is the author of the Peasprout Chen fantasy series, which he workshopped... Read More →


Sunday May 19, 2019 11:30am - 12:30pm
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