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Theodora [userpic]
YA Literature Forums, by Dragon*Con YA Lit Track
by Theodora (hazelwitch)
at July 14th, 2008 (10:14 pm)

current mood: accomplished
current song: "We Save Ron's Life, Part 8"--Harry and the Potters

(Moderators, please let me know if this post is acceptable; if not, I will speedily remove it. Thank you.)

Dear YA Lit enthusiasts,

We at the Dragon*Con Young Adult Literature track would like to announce our next evolution--we've developed forums! Our forums will be the primary location for the most up-to-date con/YA Lit news, a place to ask questions about the track, panels, and guests--including ya_fsf_con's own Tamora Pierce--and to talk to each other and share your literary fandom excitement. We would love to see the forums develop into a year-round venture where we can talk about the latest YA developments as well as discuss the convention.

The forums can be found at: http://yalit.informe.com/forum/

Just go to the forum site above, click Register, and set up your account. If you have any trouble with this, please let me know.

SPECIAL NOTE: This year we will be making YA Lit Track T-shirts available before the con; please feel free to indicate your interest in the T-shirt forum if you'd like to participate. Additionally, we're looking for a few good witches and wizards who'd like to assist with making our Yule Ball spectacular this year--please let us know if you're interested in the Volunteers forum.

Once again, that's http://yalit.informe.com/forum/ for access to all things D*C YA Lit. It's folks like yourselves who are the reason for all we do, so we look forward to taking this next step together and sharing our fandom further.

Hoping to see you there soon,

Karen Smith
(Theodora on forums)
D*C YA Lit Staffer

FYI: Given my lovely sense of timing, the site is down until about 3am EDT, but please don't let that deter you.

filkferengi [userpic]
OT: Terry Pratchett article
by filkferengi (filkferengi)
at June 26th, 2008 (12:45 pm)

current mood: contemplative

here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1028222/I-create-gods-time--I-think-exist.html

with extra insights on epiphanies.


cathschaffstump [userpic]
Opportunity for Newly Published Writers!
by cathschaffstump (cathschaffstump)
at March 24th, 2008 (09:55 am)

The very kind moderators have given me the opportunity to place this announcement here. If you are a new(ish) author, please think about joining us at Portus for our YA Author Reading Series, a chance to gain new fans and share your work.

Call for ReadingsCollapse )

If you have any questions, feel free to email me, or ask here.


christinenorris [userpic]
This may be one to watch...
by christinenorris (christinenorris)
at March 18th, 2008 (12:45 pm)

To either schedule around, because there will be a TON of people attending (including ME if I can swing it), and to perhaps contact and see if they have any pointers.


I'm still onboard, if anyone needs me to do something. 

I -CON 28 April 3-5, 2009
by Blaine Atkins (blaineatkins)
at March 17th, 2008 (09:59 am)

The Authors Track

is pleased to announce

confirmed guests for ICON 28

Holly Black

(The Spiderwick Chronicles)

Jane Yolen

Theresa Nielsen Hayden

Patrick Nielsen Hayden

I-CON 28 April 3-5, 2009
by Blaine Atkins (blaineatkins)
at March 15th, 2008 (09:20 am)


Well our first confirmed guest is Holly Black, recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. if you have any suggestions for others send them to authors@iconsf.org


Janni Lee Simner [userpic]
A con within a con?
by Janni Lee Simner (janni)
at March 9th, 2008 (06:00 pm)

So another community I'm part of, fangs_fur_fey, is hosting a sort of con within a con at Conestoga, including a track of dedicated urban fantasy programming, and that got me to thinking ... would this be a way to get a YA con started? Start by finding another, larger con with the right sensibilities, and have a dedicated track of YA programming (aimed at both teens and adult readers of YA), and then look at maybe growing the thing from there?

Just a thought I figured I'd toss out there--seems that might be a little less overwhelming, at least to start!

dreaming0 [userpic]
by dreaming0 (dreaming0)
at March 3rd, 2008 (08:45 pm)


What do I need to do to volunteer to help out with this con?  I live in the Syracuse area, so it would be convenient for me.  I have tried sending emails twice to kitmf@livejournal.com but they keep getting blocked, probably by a spam filter.  Is there another email address I can try?


ellen_kushner [userpic]
by ellen_kushner (ellen_kushner)
at February 19th, 2008 (02:54 pm)

mattcody (whom I had the pleasure of teaching this summer at Clarion)'s blog sent me over here, and I'm all for it! With my work published as adult, but widely read by teens (especially The Privilege of the Sword) I feel like I've got a foot in both camps -- but if you'll have me, I'm yours. Plus, ya know, Some (well, Many) of my Best Friends are in YA....

Great Idea - Lemme Help!
by mattcody (mattcody)
at February 10th, 2008 (08:00 pm)

current mood: cheerful

Such a great idea!  I'm a YA author  and my first novel, Powerless, will be published by Knopf in 2009.  I'm a New Yorker, and I worked in non-profit Fundraising here for a year on the individual giving side, and so I have some experience there.  I'm also a graduate of the Clarion Workshop and let's see . . . I have the cutest new baby in the world?  I'd love to get involved in this so please email me at matthewjcody@gmail.com if I can help!

All the best,

Matthew Cody

I-CON Here
by Blaine Atkins (blaineatkins)
at February 4th, 2008 (03:30 pm)

Hi all this is Blaine from ICON Science Fiction, Inc. , Long Island NY. I am currently managing  the authors track for I-CON 27 (http://www.iconsf.org/).  I-CON itself is a large multi-media convention, supporting media, authors, gaming, anime, comics and many other interests. For next year I-CON 28, we are working on having a focus on YA authors. So we would be glad to help out in anyway possible..

Let us know!! and come to the Con..


Brian Sebby [userpic]
Think about working with anime cons
by Brian Sebby (brian_s)
at January 21st, 2008 (05:02 pm)


I'm the Vice Convention Chair of Ohayocon, which is a yearly anime convention in Columbus, Ohio.  I saw this mentioned on Boing Boing and thought this was a really good idea.

I've been to both anime conventions and literary science fiction conventions, and it seems that today, the kids are overwhelmingly going to the anime conventions.  Our convention attendee's average age is probably somewhere around 15-16.

I know there sometimes is tension between the two types of conventions (I've heard people in both types disparage the other), but I don't think there has to be.  There's a lot of things that both conventions have in common, and I think it would be in everyone's interest for anime and science fiction conventions to try to do more together.

One suggestion would be to find your local anime convention, and offer to host some young adult science fiction programming - talking about authors, various series, etc.  The deep dark secret about most anime conventions is that they're often starving for good programming.  If someone were to present an idea for programming that sounded interesting, and would be moderated by someone who is very familiar with the subject matter, I think it'd have a very good chance of being added to the schedule.  You could also contact the convention with the names of local authors, etc. and see if they might consider inviting them as guests.  You're less likely to get anime conventions to bring in sci-fi guests from other places since they'll be focused on getting guests from the anime industry, but a local guest might be doable.  (Just make sure you contact the CONVENTION and not the potential guest if you don't speak for the convention.)

If anyone from Ohio would be interested in trying some science fiction programming at the next Ohayocon, please let me know and I could see if I could get it added.  Unfortunately we just had this year's convention a couple of weeks ago, so the next one wouldn't be until 2009.

Jeff [userpic]
by Jeff (jeffreyab)
at January 21st, 2008 (12:52 am)

Scott Westerfeld and Justine Larbalestier, Author Guests of Honor were just guests of honour at High Voltage ConFusion.

Here is the website for more information on what happened: http://stilyagi.org/cons/2008/

Wayne Borean [userpic]
Hey neat
by Wayne Borean (urban_terrorist)
at January 20th, 2008 (04:41 pm)

current mood: happy

Wow - what a great idea! I'd love to see this happen - read tons of Andre Norton when I was a kid, and am still re-reading it though I'm over 50.

But I'd like to complicate your life.

This isn't "A" convention. This is a family of conventions, held at different times, in several major cities. If you hold a single convention it will have a very limited impact. The problem is at least North American in area - probably worldwide. What should be put together is a skeleton, on which local artists/writers/attendees can add their own variations.

And if there is one held in Toronto, I'll probably volunteer. I've worked Ad Astra, Toronto Trek, FilKONtario, and Torcon 3 in the past.


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