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Friday, July 8 • 10:00am - 11:00am
YA Fantasy Worlds

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What makes a great YA fantasy world and how do you craft one? What are the tropes & character archetypes we're seeing in YA fantasy--and writing in your own--and why do readers love them?

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Victoria Aveyard

Victoria is the author of the New York Times bestselling RED QUEEN, the first in a trilogy about a society where the color of your blood means everything–if you’re a Red, you have nothing, and if you’re a Silver, you have everything… including superpowers. Victoria was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts, a small town known... Read More →
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Kamilla Benko

Editor, Paper Lantern Lit
Kamilla Benko spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. When she grew up, she moved to NYC and entered into the world of children’s publishing. She now wrangles manuscripts as an editor for Paper... Read More →
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Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi is a South Asian fantasy writer. Her short stories have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Strange Horizons, Book Smugglers Publishing and Shimmer Magazine. Her first YA fantasy novel, THE STAR TOUCHED QUEEN (MacMillan, May 2016), is a re-envisioning of the Hades and Persephone... Read More →
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Lindsay Cummings

Lindsay Cummings writes Young Adult and Middle Grade fantasy and science fiction at HarperCollins. Her debut YA novel, THE MURDER COMPLEX, was published in June 2014, quickly followed by her first middle grade series, THE BALANCE KEEPERS in September. She’s the creator of the... Read More →
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Stephanie Diaz

Twenty-two-year-old Stephanie Diaz wrote her first novel, EXTRACTION, when she should’ve been studying and making short films at San Diego State University. She has since written the next two books in the Extraction series, REBELLION and the forthcoming EVOLUTION, out September 8, 2015. When she isn’t lost in books, she can be found singing, marveling... Read More →
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Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author of the THRONE OF GLASS series (Queen of Shadows, the fourth book, will release globally on September 1st, 2015) and the A COURT OF THORN AND ROSES series. She currently resides with her husband and loyal canine companion in Pennsylvania. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies. Sarah is represented by Tamar Rydzinski of the Laura Dail Literary Agency... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2016 10:00am - 11:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom II