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ArtsNow: Authors share tips for writing young adult fiction

ArtsNow Writers Roundtables provide aspiring and emerging writers opportunities to hear from and interact with literary agents, publishers, and other industry professionals in a relaxed intimate setting.

The fall Writers Roundtable is “Rewind and Update: Writing Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction from Memory” with authors Terri Farley and Suzanne Morgan Williams, 7-9:30 p.m., Thurs., Nov. 5, at the Edmonds Conference Center, 401 Fourth Ave. N, Edmonds.

In this active workshop, Farley points the way to mining your memory for experiences that will make your characters, conflicts and settings sparkle. Next, Williams shows you how to update, research, and blend those memories into fiction that will hook today’s young readers.

Farley is the author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers, which has sold more than a million copies. "Seven Tears into the Sea," her Celtic fantasy, was nominated for the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults list. Her new series, Wild Horse Island, spotlights adventure in Hawaii.

Williams is the author of "Bull Rider" (Margaret K.McElderry Books, 2009) and 11 multicultural and historic nonfiction children's books including "Nevada" (Sea to Shining Sea Series), "The Inuit," and the forthcoming "China's Daughters." "Pinatas and Smiling Skeletons," co-authored with Zoe Harris, won the 1999 Independent Publishers Book Award for multicultural nonfiction.

Roundtable tickets are $25. For tickets, call 425.640.1448.


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