March 7-11, 2018, Tampa, FL, Association of Writers & Writing Programs Conference

I'll be on the following panel. So excited to talk female friendship!

From Best Friends Forever to Toxic Bonds: Digging Deep into Complex Female Friendships in Young Adult Literature (Amy Reed, Marcy Beller Paul, Anica Mrose Rissi, Sarah Nicole Smetana, Kit Frick)
Five YA authors from debut to established discuss the complex, three-dimensional friendships that populate their work: Blurred boundaries between friendship and obsession; shattered friend groups; lasting friendships tested by difficult new relationships; girls from diverse backgrounds uniting to fight misogynist culture. Panelists discuss one another’s work and the choices that have inspired theirs when writing fiercely good and withstanding to fiercely fraught and destructive teen friendships.