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Roundup- AWP and all that!

Posted by Tami Brown on Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 18:08 PM

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August is supposed to be slow in the publishing industry... but not at Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children & Young Adults! We've got news. BIG NEWS!

Want some VCFA? Get yourself to AWP! The 2015 Association of Writing Programs Annual Conference panels have been announced and once again VCFA Writing for Children & Young Adult authors will sweep the schedule! Here's who will be presenting next April in Minneapolis-

Janet Fox will present Geography of Nowhere: Suburban Landscape as Stage and Character in Young Adult/Children's Literature and Growing Up in a Magical Space: Magical Realism in Contemporary Young Adult/Children's Literature (and even more big news from Janet Fox below!)

Lauren Myracle will present How to Craft True-to-Life Queer YA characters--Writing Beyond Stereotypes.

Faculty member emeritus Cynthia Leitich Smith is presenting Navigating the Waters of Authentic Voice in YA Native Fiction

Matt de la Pena and Varian Johnson will present Race in YA Lit: Writing Ourselves,Writing the Other

Leda Schubert presents Writing Biography for Young Readers: Creating the Gallery of the Good and Great

Kekla Magoon, Betsy Partridge and Marc Aronson will speak about YA Meets the Real: Young Adult Fiction and Nonfiction that Takes on the World

Ann Angel, Ricki Thompson and Kekla Magoon present Young Adult and New Adult Content: Developing Themes of Substance for Readers

Debby Dahl Edwardson and Cynthia Leitich Smith will present Indigenous Voices North to South: a Reading of Picture Books, YA Fiction and Poetry

Varian Johnson will explain how Plot IS Character, Character IS Plot

Matt de La Pena presents Tackling Tragedy in Young Adult With Different Mediums

Lots of faculty and alums from VCFA's adult writing program will make panel presentations at AWP 2015, too. Check it out for yourself here.   

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The first review for Dana Walrath's forthcoming Like Water On Stone is in, from School Library Journal, and it's a big shiny STAR! SLJ calls it a "beautiful, yet at times [a] brutally vivid, historical verse novel"  We're eagerly awaiting this brand new gem in the VCFA WCYA crown! 

And a sale! Viking will publish Janet Fox's middle grade debut Chatelaine: The Thirteenth Charm. It's a WWII era mystery set in Scotland with ghosts and spies-- oh my! Congratulations, Janet! 

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Summer's a busy breeze at VCFA. Lemonade toasts all around!

Topics: awp, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, School Library Journal, Starred Review, Book Sale

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