S144. The Value of Redemption When Writing YA Literature About Protest and Violence

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Recognizing the conflict inherent in protest and how protest ignored can lead to violence and war, writers instinctively examine the redemptive qualities found in protest and transform their communities by opening readers to diverse ideas and challenges. This panel of writers and writing teachers provides a powerful opportunity to help participants recognize the many ways that protest can effect redemptive resolutions through the written word.


Debra Brenegan is the author of the novel Shame the Devil, and her short fiction and poetry have been widely published in national literary journals. She directs the MA writing program at Mount Mary University and codirects Untold Stories, a writing workshop for survivors of gender-based violence.

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.

Artress Bethany White is the author of the poetry collection Fast Fat Girls in Pink Hot Pants. Her poetry has appeared in Harvard Review, Ecotone, and Poet Lore. Her nonfiction has appeared in Blood Orange Review and The Hopkins Review. She is a past Sewanee Writers' Conference and Hambidge fellow.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside