F243. Writing the Mind: Mental Health in YA Novels

Meeting Room 1, Marriott Waterside, Second Floor
Friday, March 9, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Mental health is becoming an increasingly predominant and urgent topic in our current day and age—however, the topic continues to carry stigma, as well as misconceptions, in many circles. These panelists will discuss their own experiences and approaches with writing about mental health, as well as why they find the young adult novel medium to be such a powerful tool for discussing this vital topic.



Ann Jacobus

Natalka Burian received an MA from Columbia University where she studied Eastern European literature. She is the co-owner of two bars in Brooklyn, Elsa and Ramona, and the cofounder of the Freya Project, a feminist fundraising reading series. Welcome to the Slipstream is her first novel.

Sonia Belasco has spent much of her professional life working with teenagers as a mentor, tutor, and therapist, and she is often inspired by their passion, creativity, and strength. She received her MFA from California College of the Arts, and her debut novel is entitled Speak of Me As I Am.

S.F. Henson was born and raised in the deep south with a passion for sweet tea and writing about dark, nefarious subjects. Her debut novel is Devils Within. www.sfhenson.com and Twitter @sfhwrites.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center