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November 2020

Melissa Hart

The changing face of writing conferences

By Melissa Hart

In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, event staff face a difficult decision: Cancel and hope for better luck next year or move online. Luckily for writers around the country, more and more conferences are choosing the latter. Here’s how conference directors are successfully adapting live events into virtual ones.


Five ‘terrible’ YA tropes

By Ryan G. Van Cleave

Five ‘terrible’ YA tropes
(…And how to fix them.)

Young blood in young adult: An interview with Chloe Gong

By Zora Squish Pruitt

Debut author Chloe Gong shares what it’s like writing for young adults as a young adult yourself.

Speaking of horror

By Tim Waggoner

All the things I wish I’d known as a beginner horror writer.


From the Front Lines

Show don’t tell (and tell and tell)

By Yi Shun Lai

Emotional white space is part of good writing.

Literary Spotlight


By Melissa Hart

Conference Insider

Northern Colorado Writers Conference

By Melissa Hart