Events for writers

Finding the Right Audience for Your Children’s Book

Stamper Commons, 1:00-2:15

Panelists: Angie Zapata, Javaka Steptoe, Deborah Zemke

Moderator: Kimberly Moeller, MU Libraries

One of the most significant considerations every children’s author and illustrator must keep in mind is audience. This panel of authors, illustrators, and academics will provide perspective and advice on this complicated subject, which encompasses issues of age, diversity, style, materiality, subject matter, and more. Prepare to be illuminated!


The Craft and Graft of Fiction: Your Questions Answered

Stamper Commons, 2:30-3:45

Panelists: Jenna Blum, Christopher Castellani, Crystal Wilkinson

Moderator: Alex George

Telling stories is hard. Do you have a question about the craft of fiction writing? Perhaps you struggle with plot, or characterization, or pacing – or a hundred other things. Our panelists are not just successful writers, but also accomplished educators of creative writing. Come with your queries. Their big brains are here to be picked.