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Sunday, April 22 • 10:00am - 11:15am
Dark magic— Writing fantasy for YA and adults

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Four young adult novelists will discuss their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable characters who happen to be teenagers and happen to be oh, yeah, living in a fantasy world.  You'll learn about the key ingredients that make a YA fantasy novel shine (or sparkle) and the mistake that some less successful novelists make in their quest to be the next Suzanne Collins or JK Rowling.  Moderated by UWGB's medieval, Arthurian and Anglo-saxon literature specialist, Dr. Stefan Hall. 

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Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Jessica’s motto is: Adventure first, then write! When not running around exploring nature and chasing after two smaller versions of herself, she also…feeds the bunny. Somehow in there she has found time to author the award winning children’s book, The Golden Rule, as well as... Read More →
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Valerie Biel

Valerie Biel is a public relations professional as well as the author of the award-winning Circle of Nine series, stories of magic steeped in the Celtic mythology of Ireland’s ancient stone circles. She holds a degree in Journalism (Public Relations/Broadcast News) and Political... Read More →
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Kelly Risser

Kelly Risser knew at a young age what she wanted to be when she grew up. Unfortunately, Fairytale Princess was not a lucrative career. Leaving the castle behind, she entered the world of creative business writing where she worked in advertising, marketing, and education.When not immersed... Read More →
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Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling middle grade fantasy series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the YA novel DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Her next MG series, THE COLLECTORS, will be released by Greenwillow/HarperCollins in fall 2018. Her debut, THE SHADOWS (THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE... Read More →