Writing the Future: KidLit and Young Adult

Ottawa Public Library Main Branch

Dec 1, 2018
2:00 PM

As a society, instilling a love of reading and literature in children and young adults is deemed important. But too often, young readers can’t find characters that look like them, or storylines they can relate to.

Publishing a diverse range of appealing KidLit and TeenLit is good for everyone – good for young readers whose minds are rapidly opening up to the world around them, good for writers looking to access the fastest growing market sector in publishing, and good for publishers building successful businesses. So, what are the structural challenges that inhibit progress being made for black, Indigenous and writers of colour? How is it different or similar on both sides of our border? A mix of authors from the United States and Canada compare and contrast the differences and similarities in trends, industry and experiences and open up a spotlight on the future.

Speakers include writers L.L. McKinney, Tochi Onyebuchi, Nadia Hohn and Zoraida Córdova; literary agent Carolyn Forde (Westwood Creative Artists) and more.

Free to the public, registration through Eventbrite preferred but not required, on a first-come-first-serve basis.


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