Techincally, there were two panels–one for middle grade authors and one for YA authors. Even though you could have just attended one or the other, I was glad to see both. Panelists tackled different issues, like how setting was used or how the line between weakness and strength is blurred or how reading allows for greater empathy. It was inspiring to hear so many fantastic MG/YA authors talk about their work, and to hear about an organization dedicated to helping women become active leaders in their communities and the world.
The conversation got me thinking about the different ways in which my characters are strong and weak, and how these qualities are manifested b their actions.
Other fun stuff:
- Hearing about people’s inner nerdiness.
- My new Fight Like a Girl t-shirt.
- Meeting new writer friends, seeing old writer friends get to be friends.
- Being prompted to ask my question in the YA Q&A session (since I tend to freak out about raising my hand).
- Swag bags.
- Hearing about Boston GLOW’s 2013 IGNITE Change Leadership Contest.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this event so inspiring and so much fun! I’m feeling stronger already.