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Saturday, May 18 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Writing Teens

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How do you write teenage characters? Even speculative fiction geared toward adult readers often features teen POV characters, and, well, we've all been teenagers, and yet often these teen POVs sound like brilliant, smart-alecky little adults, or like respectful padawans ready to be blown away by the wisdom of their mentor characters. Does it matter if these characters are not terribly realistic, as long as they're interesting? Assuming it does, how can writers who don't have a teenager in the house with them learn to get it right?

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Fran Wilde

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Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for four Nebula awards, a World Fantasy Award, and a Hugo, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), her debut middle grade novel... Read More →

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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 →
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Alexis Baker

Alexis Baker is completing her senior year in high school, and is interested in pursuing the arts through higher education with a focus on visual media and filmmaking. Always ready with the latest meme handy, she also considers herself a gamer and an avid consumer of anime.
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Sam J. Miller

Sam J. Miller is the Nebula-Award-winning author of The Art of Starving (an NPR best of the year) and Blackfish City (a best book of the year for Vulture, The Washington Post, Barnes & Noble, and more – and a “Must Read” in Entertainment Weekly and O: The Oprah Winfrey Magazine... Read More →
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José Pablo Iriarte

José Pablo Iriarte is a Cuban-American writer and teacher who lives in Central Florida. José’s fiction can be found in magazines such as Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, and others, and has been featured in best-of lists compiled by Tangent Online, Featured Futures... Read More →


Saturday May 18, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm
G/H Salon

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