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826 Valencia Presents: The Environment and Us: Teenage Authors on Ecosystems and Their World

Ninth and tenth grade authors from 826 Valencia, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center for Bay Area youth, discuss their new book, Walk the Earth in Our Shoes & Plant Some Seeds Behind You. The essays in this collection reflect on how…
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A Sense of Place: Writing Where We Live (and Lived)

In any novel the setting helps initiate the main backdrop and mood for a story. What are the writerly advantages of situating a story in a familiar place close to home versus selecting a dreamed-up or partially dreamed-up location elsewhere?…
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Creating Fantasy: Making Geographies, Myths, Languages, and Customs of Fictional Worlds

Creating a whole imagined geography, mythology, or language isn't easy; it demands a thoroughly engaged and daring sort of writer. We've managed to gather six of them here to discuss the challenges and thrills of creating entire new worlds in…
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Gutsy Girls: Roadmaps to Adventure

For girls, women, and anyone who loves them comes this amazing volume written by aviator and former firefighter Caroline Paul and illustrated by Wendy MacNaughton. “Inspiring...the book of the year for daredevils, doers, and dreamers of all…
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Crossing a Bridge: Moving Between Tween and Teen and Back Again

Just when we think we've got a children's writer pegged, they stretch their artistic range to reach a slightly older or younger audience. This panel includes authors who have taken up this challenge by shifting between middle-grade and teen…
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Dudes Write. Dudes Read. Cheers for Men Writing for (Primarily) Boys

Keeping boys interested in reading (of any kind!) is often considered a challenge. It's being done quite well, however, by remarkably popular writers such as the participants in this discussion. If you don't yet know their work, meet and hear…
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Gene Luen Yang: Reading Without Walls: Opening Horizons - in conversation with Tim Federle and Jason Reynolds

Gene Luen Yang, recently named the fifth National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, has chosen "Reading without Walls" as the platform for his tenure as ambassador. "I want kids to explore the world through books, to read outside of…
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Love...and Loss

"The sweetest honey is loathsome in its own deliciousness, and in the taste destroys the appetite. Therefore, love moderately," says Friar Laurence to Romeo. True? Listen to four young adult authors talk about the trials and tribulations of…
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Protest + Print: Girls Using Words and Pictures for Activism

Presented on our YA Stream At Girls Garage in Berkeley, girls use power tools to build the world they want to see. But a different kind of world-building also takes place at Girls Garage: the kind that creates a vision for a better and…
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Unleash Your Creative Superpowers with National Novel Writing Month

Presented on our YA Stream This conversation comes with an artistic advisory: prepare to dive deep into your imagination and be surprised by what you might find. You’re about to enter the place where dreams (and stories) begin. National…