YA Symposium

The Young And The Reckless: Writing For Teens ● August 14 - September 30, 2021

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. Live zoom panels and networking events will run on Saturday, August 14 and Saturday, August 21, 2021. Pre-recorded lectures and conversations will be accessible through Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Sponsored in part by the Antioch University MFA program in Creative Writing.

Your $60 registration fee includes:

  • Keynote presentation featuring Aiden Thomas, New York Times Bestselling Author & National Book Award 2020 Longlist Recipient
  • Eight pre-recorded lectures and conversations on craft
  • Three live panel presentations 
  • Handouts and access to daily discussion boards
  • Workshop group opportunity
  • Access to Online Book Sale

Saturday, August 14, 2021

10:00am - 11:00am (PDT)  -  Opening Remarks + Speed Friend-making event

11:15am - 12:30pm (PDT)  -  Live Panel: Defining and Redefining YA Literature

Saturday, August 21, 2021

10:00am - 11:15am (PDT)  -  Live Panel: Who is Your Audience?

11:30am - 12:45am (PDT)  -  Live Panel: Staying Ahead of the Trend

1:00pm - 2:00pm (PDT)  -  Closing Reception

Conversation Topics:

  • Discovering Your Story's Theme
  • Finding a Writing Community
  • Mining Your Life for Stories
  • Staying Motivated

Lecture Topics:

  • Asking the Right Questions
  • Creating a Writing Practice
  • Fundamentals of Story
  • Learning From Your Messy First Draft
Accessing Content:
You will have access to the pre-recorded lectures, conversations, and Q&A discussion boards from Saturday, August 14 through Thursday, September 30. 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: Aiden Thomas, Elise Allen, Francesca Lia Block, Pseudonymous Bosch, Mayra Cuevas, Camryn Garrett, Deborah Halverson, Lydia Kang, Sarah Kuhn, Axie Oh, Adam Sass, and Eric Smith.  

Aiden Thomas
Elise Allen
Francesca Lia Block
Pseudonymous Bosch
Mayra Cuevas
Camryn Garrett
Deborah Halverson
Lydia Kang
Sarah Kuhn
Axie Oh
Adam Sass
Eric Smith

Enroll Now!

To register, please visit the The Young and The Reckless: Writing for Teens course page. 

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