Kweli Journal, a leading online journal of multicultural literature, recently announced the exciting programming for its 2016 “Color of Children’s Literature” conference for writers and artists of color, to be held April 9, 2016 in New York City. At a time when only 10 percent of all children’s and YA books are written by or feature people of color, the conference will connect new writers with top professionals across the publishing industry.
Edwidge Danticat, author of the Oprah’s Book Club pick Breath, Eyes, Memory, will give the keynote address. Her speech will be followed by panels on “Publishing 101,” trends in the publishing landscape, writing children’s picture books and middle-grade and YA novels, and advice on submitting manuscripts to agents and working with editors, among other topics. More than twenty agents and editors are expected to attend in search of new talent, alongside established authors like Daniel Jose Older, whose YA novel Shadowshaper was recently nominated for the Kirkus Prize and the Andre Norton Award; Nnedi Okorafor, author of Who Fears Death, winner of the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel; Sheela Chari, whose middle-grade novel Vanished was featured on the Today Show; and Joseph Bruchac, the Abenaki author of more than 120 books for children and adults.
For more information or to register, visit http://www.kwelijournal.org/2016-childrens-book-writers-conference