Navigating Age-Based Audiences: Adult to Picture Book & Everything In Between

Room 2102B, Kansas City Convention Center, Street Level
Thursday, February 8, 2024
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Publishing writers working in kid lit talk truthfully about figuring out which age-based market their story fits into. Some intentionally wrote for one even if their story bent typical rules, others subbed stories in YA and A, some wrote the story and then figured it out. All have learned from their experiences and grown as writers. Panelists will have a lively conversation about what age-based markets mean, and how, over the course of a writing career, to move between them.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: AWP_Event_Outline_Navigating_Age-Based_Audiences2024_(1).pdf



Shana Youngdahl teaches in the mostly asynchronous MFA program at Lindenwood University. She is the author of the novels As Many Nows As I Can Get and A CATALOG OF BURNT OBJECTS (forthcoming) as well as two poetry collections, most recently A Cage To Welcome.

Jennifer Moffett writes fiction and poetry for adults and is the author of the YA novel Those Who Prey and a forthcoming YA thriller with Atheneum/Simon & Schuster. She teaches creative writing and screenwriting at Southern New Hampshire University.

Patricia Park is the author of the adult novel, Re Jane and the YA novels Imposter Syndrome & Other Confessions of Alejandra Kim and the forthcoming What's Eating Jackie Oh? (2024). She is an associate professor of creative writing at American University.

A two-time National Book Award finalist, Laura Ruby writes poetry and fiction for adults, teens, and children, including the novels Bone Gap and Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All. She is on the faculty of Hamline University's MFAC program and Queens University's MFA program.

Linda Urban's award-winning picture books, chapter books, and novels for middle grade and YA readers include Mouse Was Mad, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, and Talk Santa to Me. She is currently cochair of the Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children and Young Adults program.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center