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YA Literature Forums, by Dragon*Con YA Lit Track

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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:

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 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.
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A con within a con?

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!



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 but they keep getting blocked, probably by a spam filter.  Is there another email address I can try?


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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!

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 if I can help!

All the best,

Matthew Cody
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