megan whalen turner stuff!!!!!!
so i went to a conference megan whalen turner was the guest of honor at, and i thought i would share some notes in case anyone was interested!
- her keynote address focused on writing YA and the issue of censoring books
- the most important thing was to teach children to judge books and to judge them well, and understand that you are empowering them by allowing to make these decisions for themselves
- children/young adults are intelligent and we should trust them to make reading choices
- the freedom to say no to a book is as important as the freedom to say yes. it’s good to figure out what you are and are not comfortable reading. the point is that you are giving young readers the right to discover these things themselves
queen’s thief stuff!!!
- she doesn’t have a timeline for when the next book will be out. subscribe to her updates on author tracker and you will be notified as soon as there is any news
- her publisher has pushed her to create a map of the peninsula, but she doesn’t like the idea of it because she wants readers to be able to create their own experience, plus she feels like most maps look too middle-earthy by default
- she things the most important thing is to challenge your readers and let them piece together details of the story. this is why she hasn’t explicitly stated gen’s age, and she never will say his age.
- she also doesn’t specify how you should pronounce character’s names (she says yew-GEN-uh-dees but she’s like, everyone live your dreams)
- she loved readers coming together in online communities and working things out, asking others to help them understand passages, etc.
- she says she’s browsed the lj community sounis and most readers are able to come to the conclusions she has come to (ie gen’s age, etc) but she loves that people are able to determine these things on their own