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YA Panel: Creating Characters for the 21st Century Young Adult Novel

Waterstones, King Street, Lancaster LA1 1JN
Danielle Jawando, Pete Kalu,Tariq Mehmood
Lancaster Words: Lancaster University Department of English & Creative Writing


In this challenge to the audience, Danielle Jawando, Pete Kalu and Tariq Mehmood will discuss how to invent characters and plots that are truly diverse.

Several potential pitfalls will be outlined and the debate extended to the hot topics of authenticity, cultural appropriation, representation and artistic freedom.

By the end of the session, participants may have a better idea of how to craft YA plots which have a deep consideration of diversity and inclusion at their core.

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