Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Tackling Mature Themes in Children’s Literature With Author Janae Marks

Date(s) - 07/28/2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

More and more young adult novels are tackling mature themes, such as systemic racism, the #MeToo movement, and drug addiction. What may come as a surprise is that these themes are becoming more common within middle grade novels as well. Many tough topics are acceptable in children’s literature, as long as they are handled with sensitivity and care. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what is taboo-and what isn’t-when writing for these age groups, and how to incorporate mature themes into your own YA/MG novels in an age-appropriate manner.

Janae Marks has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children from The New School. She grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband. From The Desk Of Zoe Washington is her debut novel.

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