S222. Crossovers: Writing for Both Teens and Adults

C125-126, Oregon Convention Center, Level 1
Saturday, March 30, 2019
1:30 pm to 2:45 pm


YA crossover is an appealing idea: a book sold to both teens and adults, read more widely because its meaning shape shifts across age groups. This panel brings together writers who write for both teens and adults within the same project; for a YA audience sometimes and for adults at others; and writers who don’t think about age at all when they write. The panel asks what lessons we learn as early readers and explores why writers should never underestimate their readers, no matter their ages.



Sarah Blakley-Cartwright is the author of Red Riding Hood, a New York Times #1 bestseller. She is Associate Editor of A Public Space.

Lilliam Rivera is an award-winning writer and author of The Education of Margot Sanchez, a contemporary young adult novel. Recently named a "2017 Face to Watch" by the Los Angeles Times, Lilliam is also a 2016 Pushcart Prize winner. Her next YA novel, Dealing in Dreams, is forthcoming.

Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me. His work has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, the Iowa Review, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant. A former editor at Granta, Patrick is the editor of One Story.

Megan Cummins is a writer and editor in Brooklyn, New York.

Sarah Nicole Smetana is the author of The Midnights. She received her BFA in Creative Writing from Chapman University and her MFA in Fiction from The New School. 


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