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Young Adult Writing Workshop and Author Panel

Do you love YA books? Do you love to write? Ever wondered what it might be like to publish a book? Then sign up for our Young Adult Writing Workshop and Author Panel, to be held on Sunday from 3:30 - 6 pm at AR Workshop.

Both the workshop and the panel will be led by three talented YA writers: Shaila Patel, Joanne O'Sullivan, and Kristin Smith.


Shaila Patel is the author of a paranormal romance entitled Soulmated, in which new neighbors Liam and Laxshmi find themselves drawn to one another, despite their parents' objections. Liam's family is entangled in royal politics that hinge on his ability to find the proper mate, and Laxshmi's mother insists that she attend med school and submit to an arranged marriage. As tough as their parents are, Liam and Laxshmi soon learn that parental disappointment is the least of their worries as they are targeted by ancient and nefarious forces.


Although Joanne O'Sullivan has published a number of children's nonfiction books, her most recent release is a YA novel entitled Between Two Skies. With rave reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal, Between Two Skies is the lyrically written tale of Evangeline, a young woman whose life is upended by Hurricane Katrina, that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, Between Two Skies is a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.

Kristin Smith is the creator of The Deception Game, an action-packed series set in a crumbling, futuristic Las Vegas where the wealthy choose the characteristics of their children like ordering off a drive-thru menu. Here resides seventeen-year-old Sienna Preston who, as a normal girl surrounded by genetically modified teens, doesn't fit in. Following the death of her father, Sienna is forced to provide for her family, but without the good looks and talents of her peers, she must make money by breaking the law. Soon, her lawlessness catches up to her and she turns to an extremist group for help, but their help comes with strings attached.

At the hour-and-a-half-long workshop, attendees will respond to prompts, hone their writing skills, and learn the ins and outs of publishing a book. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased here:

Following the workshop and a brief snack break, our three authors will host a panel discussion where they will answer any remaining questions and speak on a variety of topics. The panel discussion is free and open to everyone.

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