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The 2019 Writers Conference will be held Thursday, November 14 through Sunday, November 17.
Our conference will focus on craft, skill-development, and community building. Get your manuscript polished and submission-ready with how-to sessions, editing and critique, and community building. Thursday - Saturday is for adult and teen writers. Sunday is just for the kids.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.
Saturday, November 16 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Writing a Culture that's Not Your Own (seats 12)

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Some of the most compelling narratives in fiction for children and young adults bring characters to life whose experiences are vastly different from the writer’s. This might be in terms of age (e.g. Maurice Sendak’s Max), gender (e.g. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter), time period (e.g. Karen Cushman’s Catherine, called Birdy), culture (e.g. Scott O’Dell’s Karana in Island of the Blue Dolphins), race (Elizabeth Yates’ Amos Fortune), religion (Laura Moriarty’s Sadaf in American Heart). Come and explore the value and most productive ways of creating more diverse populations of characters and narratives for young readers.

All sessions are First Come, First Served. Building a schedule does NOT guarantee a spot and is for informational purposes only.

Speakers
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Giselle Anatol

Professor, The University of Kansas
Giselle Liza Anatol has edited three collections of analytical essays on popular literature for children and young adults: *Reading Harry Potter* (Greenwood, 2003), *Reading Harry Potter Again* (ABC-CLIO, 2009), and *Bringing Light to Twilight: Perspectives on the Pop Culture Phenomenon... Read More →


Saturday November 16, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Conference Room 2

Attendees (22)