Saskatchewan Writer's Guild: Talkin' Fresh
Time & Location
About the event
Today’s Young Adult (YA) fiction includes stories and characters who are increasingly diverse. Who are these new heroes, and the writers behind them? Why is it important to share these stories? Join Young Adult (YA) fiction writers Paul Coccia, Natasha Deen and Melanie Florence, along with host Jacqueline Guest, as they discuss their work, the heroes and characters explored in their work, and why increasing diversity in YA fiction benefits all readers. Paul Coccia is the author of Cub, The Player and an upcoming novel co-authored with Eric Walters (March 2022.) Paul has a specialist in English Literature from the University of Toronto and a MFA in Creative Writing from the University of British Columbia. Guyanese-Canadian author Natasha Deen writes for kids, teens, and adults. Her books have been CCBC Best Picks and JLG selections. Natasha’s YA novel, In the Key of Nira Ghani was a Red Maple Honour Book and the winner of the 2020 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award. Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Indigenous themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimama, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Hosted by Jacqueline Guest. Jacqueline is an award-winning author with twenty professionally published novels including The Comic Book War, Belle of Batoche and Death by Dinosaur. Full bios of our presenters and host are available at www.skwriter.com. Events will be recorded and shared on the SWG’s Youtube channel, and live text captioning is available in all events through otter.ai.