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AWP! Okay, so it’s not for a while yet, but I’m excited because it will be my first. I’m talking about the annual conference of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs. I’ll be on a panel with Nova Ren Suma, Laurel Snyder, Micol Ostow, and Stephanie Kuehnert, discussing YA lit in one of my favorite places, Seattle. And yeah, so this tends to be an event oriented around the MFA world and there can be a bit of a divide between the kids/YA writing community and the MFA-minded folks. But we can keep changing that, keep communicating that literature for young readers is legit and its creators care about craft as well as audience (which is one thing our panel will be about), and that more MFA programs should accept YA work as “real writing.” (I know, I know, why are we even still having this conversation?) So having a big YA turnout would be cool. Registration is open now.
Speaking of MFAs, remember how I’m on faculty for Lesley University’s Low-Residency MFA program? They’re now taking applications for next semester. The deadline is around December 1, so there’s plenty of time to get your stuff together if you’re interested. In addition to the concentration in Writing for Young People, they’ve got Fiction, Nonfiction, Writing for Stage and Screen, and Poetry tracks. All concentrations share a residency, which means you get to cross-pollinate your creative thinking and this is something I love about this program.
My books are in the July Author Spotlight at The Young Folks, focusing on YA contemporary realism.
New interview with me up at Confirm Not Conform, about adolescences as a crisis of faith.
Liz B. over at School Library Journal’s A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy blog takes a look at The Lucy Variations as a Favorite Read of 2013, and I’m quite fond of this review in the way it delves into Lucy’s sexuality and her crushes on older men. I always thought, as I wrote the book, it was a lot about sex but not in an “about sex” way and yes I realize that makes no sense. (More of my thoughts on this at the Kindle Daily if you missed it.)
Local interest: I’m proud to say The Lucy Variations is up for a City Weekly Arty Award this year, for best fiction book. Utahns can vote here.