F218. Be Brave: Writing YA Literature in an Angry World

Room 1, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


Young Adult audiences recognize they live in a world of obstacles created by angry and polarized groups within communities and schools and exacerbated by political and cultural strife. Many stories seek to help readers reflect upon differences and to resolve disputes or to seek positive change. Panelists will review a variety of novels and nonfiction they've written and taught and to explore discussion methods that overcome polarity and anger and that encourage understanding across divisions.


Sarah Aronson is the founder and organizer of the Writing Novels for Young People retreat at VCFA. She holds an MFA from VCFA and leads workshops for writers.com and The Highlights Foundation. Her newest book for young readers is The Wish List 1, The Worst Fairy Godmother Ever!

Heather Lee Schroeder is a poet, fiction writer, essayist, and English Department faculty member at Pelllissippi State Community College. Her writing focuses on environmental concerns, motherhood, and the effects of violence on the human psyche. Her work has appeared in numerous journals.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside