Mean to teens?

Why are writers of young adult fiction so mean to their teenage characters? That was the question posed at a workshop which I co-hosted in Durham last week at the National Association of Writers in Education annual conference.nawe-logo Well over a hundred delegates from all over the UK, Europe and as far afield as the U.S. and Australia attended the three-day gathering at the city’s Radisson Blu hotel.

This was my first time at a NAWE conference. And it was a pleasure to make my debut alongside the children’s and YA author Liz Flanagan, whose Creative Writing PhD I’m supervising at Leeds Trinity University, in delivering the session to an engaged and lively group of fellow writers and teachers. Liz recounts the workshop much better than I could on her excellent blog, so please click on this link to find out what we had to say on the topic.

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