YA Symposium

The Young And The Reckless: Writing For Teens ● August 29 - September 5, 2020

A Virtual Conference

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Offered by the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program, The Young and the Reckless: Writing for Teens brings together the writing community and some of Southern California’s most accomplished writers and teachers.

Enjoy a unique opportunity to learn from today’s most exciting YA writers in a convenient virtual conference of prerecorded lectures and panels accessible from Saturday, August 29 to Saturday, September 5, 2020.

Your $50 registration fee includes:

  • Keynote presentation
  • Seven 45-minute special topic sessions
  • Panel presentations with special guests
  • Access to Q&A discussion boards
  • Ability to access and download all materials

    On Saturday, August 29, each pre-recorded session will be released hourly, starting at 9AM. If you are unable to log-in on the first day, you will be able to access all of the sessions through Saturday, September 5.

        Special Topic Sessions

        • Checking Privilege at the Door
        • Considering Your Genre
        • Creating the Complex Character
        • Writing a Compelling Plot

        Discussion Board & Materials

        You will have access to the Q&A discussion boards for two weeks, from Saturday, August 29 through Saturday, September 5. After that, you will have an additional two weeks to access and download materials, such as handouts or additional resources that the speakers may offer.

        Meet the Speakers

        This year's featured writers include: Lilliam Rivera, Cecil Castellucci, Charlie Craig, Henry Lien, Cindy Lin, Aminah Mae Safi, Karol Ruth Silverstein, Sherri L. Smith, Amy Spalding, and Lee Wind. 

        Lilliam Rivera
        Cecil Castellucci
        Aminah Mae Safi
        Henry Lien
        Sherri L Smith
        Amy Spalding
        Cindy Lin
        Karol Ruth Silverstein
        Lee Wind

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