The Shine Maker Foundation Young Adult/Kids Lit Track
Take an imaginative ride with top authors as they bring you into the brains and hearts of teenagers. You will ‘get the scoop’ on craft and publishing trends. Discover the myriad possibilities of working with the themes and subjects which speak to youthful minds, from middle-grade through high school.
Bill Konigsberg is the award-winning young adult author of three novels. His most recent novel, The Porcupine of Truth, won the Stonewall Book Award in 2016, made the YALSA’s 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and was on Booklist’s Best of 2015 list. Openly Straight won the Sid Fleischman Award for Humor, and was a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award and Lambda Literary Award in 2014. His debut novel, Out of Pocket won the Lambda Literary Award in 2009. Bill is an Assistant Professor of Practice at The Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University, where he coordinates and teaches in the Your Novel Year online certificate program. Prior to turning his attention to writing books for teens, Bill was a sports writer and editor for ESPN.com and The Associated Press. He lives in Chandler, Arizona, with his husband, Chuck, and their Australian Labradoodles, Mabel and Buford.