F138. Hybrid Genres and Hybrid Forms: How YA Literature Is Breaking All the Rules

Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Friday, February 10, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Whether writing a novel in verse or merging contemporary realism with historical fiction or fantasy, publishing hybrid fiction poses a wide range of challenges and benefits. Panelists discuss pros and cons of blending forms and genres and examine ways hybrid novels can be used to engage reluctant readers and broaden an author's audience. They also provide a list of young adult hybrid “must reads” and share craft techniques for those interested in experimenting with the hybrid form.



Bryan Bliss is the author of No Parking at the End Times, Meet Me Here, and the forthcoming We'll Fly Away. A graduate of Vanderbilt Divinity School, he also holds an MFA in fiction from Seattle Pacific University.

Micol Ostow has written many books for teens, including the Sydney Taylor Notable So Punk Rock. She spent eight years as a young adult editor, and has taught YA writing at MediaBistro.com, Miami Dade College, and The Highlights Foundation. She received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Christine Heppermann is the author of two books for young adults, the novel-in-verse Ask Me How I Got Here and the poetry collection Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty. She regularly reviews young adult literature for the Chicago Tribune.

Kristen-Paige Madonia is the author of Invisible Fault Lines and Fingerprints of You. She is a member of the MFA faculty in fiction at the University of Nebraska, Omaha and also teaches at James Madison University, the University of Virginia, the Key West Literary Seminar, and WriterHouse.

Corey Ann Haydu is the YA and MG author of OCD Love Story, Rules for Stealing Stars, The Careful Undressing of Love, and others. In 2013, she was chosen as one of Publishers Weekly's Flying Starts. Her books have been Junior Library Guild, Bank Street Children's Books, and Indie Next Selections.


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