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The Empire and the Resistance of Sabaa Tahir

Here's one reason why young adults today are so outspoken: They’ve been exposed to powerful political heroes since a young age—via their fiction. Pakistani-American young adult fiction writer Sabaa Tahir’s characters, no older than their…
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Emerging Voices: Young Authors Writing Competition 2017 Winners

Bay Area Youth participated in our third annual Young Authors Writing competition with this year's prompt, "Change: The world, and the people in it, are in a constant state of flux; nothing truly ever remains the same." Young writers took up…
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All About Cornelia Funke: Meet and Hear the Beloved Author of Inkheart, The Reckless Series, Lilly and Finn and More!

Join beloved children’s author Cornelia Funke, the award-winning German storyteller and illustrator of ‘Inkheart,’ the Reckless series, ‘Lilly and Finn,’ and her latest, ‘The Book No One Ever Read.’ A children’s story that Cornelia…
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Speak Your Truth: A Youth Speaks Writing & Performance Workshop

Teens! Come kick it with your peers and tell the stories that sit heavy on your chest and rattle your heart like the inside of a stolen spray can. Youth Speaks poet mentors will be on hand to help you express your truths in this free writing…
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Worlds We Create: Young Adult Fantasy Writers on Creating Alternate Realities and Memorable Characters (PRIORITY TICKETS ARE GONE! Arrive early for General Admission possibility)

Rome wasn't built in a day, and neither were the fictional universes of Harry Potter, LOST, or Game of Thrones. Learn the secrets behind creating worlds in the most popular story form there is—fantasy—from four smart, innovative writers…
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Reality Bites: Fiction About Teens' Real Lives

Being a teenager isn't easy. Everything is changing both physically and emotionally, and you're thrust into the most intense situations of your lives, facing heartbreak, anxiety, low self-esteem, peer pressure, and so much more. Reading stories…
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Under 21 Open Mic @ The Bay Area Poetry Festival, Presented by Youth Speaks

Emerging emcees! Flex your skills at this open mic night—a performance “open-house” for young writers and performers. Come to inspire and be inspired by amazing young artists across the Bay Area performing spoken word, music, dance, and…