Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest
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About Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest
Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest is a one of a kind event bringing critically acclaimed writers of Young Adult Fiction to one virtual space. Please join us for live sessions featuring authors who write in a variety of genres. Attendees will get a chance to ask questions, hear stories and even win autographed books from their favorite authors!
Schedule of Online Events
Pre-Festival Writing Workshop with Mindy McGinnis
Friday, October 2, 10:00 a.m. Register
Join Edgar Award-winning novelist, Mindy McGinnis for a writing workshop before the official start of of Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest. Mindy has written books across many genres including post-apocalyptic, historical, thriller, contemporary, mystery, and fantasy.
Opening Keynote Speaker – Kendare Blake
Friday, October 2, 11:00 a.m. Register
Kicking off the Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest is keynote by author Kendare Blake, #1 New York Times best-selling author of novels and short fiction. She has written across multiple genres and her work includes the series Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess and Three Dark Crowns. Blake recently signed a deal for two upcoming series, All These Bodies due out in 2021 and a fantasy series following a mystical order of female warriors due out in 2022.
Creating Worlds – Crafting Fantasy Tales
Friday, October 2, 12:00 p.m. Register
Attend the first author panel of Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest! This panel focuses on fantasy young adult novels and where the authors come up with inspiration to create these unique worlds. Danielle Paige (Mera: Tidebreaker) will moderate this panel of fellow authors Shaun David Hutchinson (We Are the Ants), Isabel Ibañez (Woven In Moonlight), Kelly Coon (Gravemaidens) & Kendare Blake (Three Dark Crowns).
Love Isn't Easy
Saturday, October 3, 10:00 a.m. Register
This panel focuses on romance and love featured in young adult novels and how the authors built these delicate and complex relationships. Katherine Locke (The Girl with the Red Balloon) will moderate this panel of fellow authors: Nina Moreno (Don't Date Rosa Santos), Lauren Gibaldi (This Tiny Perfect World), Trish Doller (In a Perfect World) & Kelly Coon (Gravemaidens).
Saturday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. Register
This panel focuses on tough topics in young adult novels including issues of racism, abuse, mental health, and war. Shaun David Hutchinson (We Are the Ants) will moderate this panel of fellow authors: Stacey Lee (The Downstairs Girl), Fred Aceves (The New David Espinoza), Isabel Ibañez (Woven in Moonlight) & Christina Hammonds Reed (The Black Kids).
Backstory – Researching a Book
Saturday, October 3, 12:00 p.m. Register
This panel focuses on how and where authors use research in young adult novels and why research is important in different genres. Stacey Lee (The Downstairs Girl) will moderate this panel of fellow authors: Katherine Locke (The Girl With the Red Balloon), Fred Aceves (The New David Espinoza), Danielle Paige (Mera: Tidebreaker) & Trish Doller (In a Perfect World).
Closing Keynote Speaker – Christina Hammonds Reed
Saturday, October 3, 1:00 p.m. Register
Bringing the Tampa Bay Teen Lit Fest to a close is keynote by debut author Christina Hammonds Reed. Reed released her first novel The Black Kids in 2020, receiving multiple starred reviews. The subject of her book is timely, as it delves into the racial upheaval of 1990's Los Angeles and the search for equality and justice. Christina Hammonds Reed holds an MFA from the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. A native of the Los Angeles area, her work has previously appeared in the Santa Monica Review and One Teen Story.