I'm so excited to be part of this YA Thriller conference next week with 24 other YA writers from all over the world. All video events will be broadcast live to YouTube.
From the newly launched site:
"About YA Thriller ConYA Thriller Con Online is a two-day event, running from July 10th to July 11th 2020, to celebrate and talk about all things YA Thriller.
How did it begin?
The idea for this exclusively online con began when I (Madeline Dyer) was looking for online cons dedicated exclusively to YA thrillers, but I couldn't find any. So, of course, I decided to set up my own. I'd already been hosting Writers In Conversation videos on YouTube, so I thought how hard can an online con be?
Turns out--very hard! There's A LOT of organising involved!
I reached out to the other authors I knew, sharing my idea for this con, and the response was great! Within a month, we had over 24 authors signed up to speak across six panels, as well as interviews, Q&As, and readings set up!
Keeping the con online was important to me--with being a disabled writer, I've faced problems before attending in-person events, and I'm very much restricted to events in my own country, the UK. Therefore, even if there wasn't currently a global pandemic, this would still be a 100% online event.
Will it be an annual event?
I'd love to make it an annual event--I love organising things like this--but I'll have to see. I've spent weeks planning this year's YA Thriller Con, and it's involved a lot of very late nights! We'll see how well this year's goes--but of course I'd love to put together something similar next year too."
Thanks so much YA author and creative Madeline Dyer for putting all of this together and for inviting me to moderate a panel. Want to meet the authors? Check out the books? Find out the schedule? Hope to see you there.
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