The Cape Cod Teen Writer Conference will also feature an author panel night on the final evening of the conference. Students will have their writing work displayed for their families on this evening as well, meshing both professional writers with our new teen writers.
The event is also open to the public and will be held at the Barnstable United School in Marstons Mills, not far from our Marstons Mills Public Library. Books will be available for purchase and signing after the event. This is a fabulous chance to talk with the pros!
We are building our list of authors, so check back often!
~ AMY EWING ~
Amy Ewing is the author of the New York Times bestselling Lone City Trilogy. She grew up in a small town outside Boston, where her librarian mother instilled a deep love of reading at a young age. Amy moved to New York City in 2000 to study theater at New York University. Unfortunately, her acting career didn’t quite pan out. She worked in restaurants, as an administrative assistant, a nanny, and as a sales representative for a wine distributor before the lack of creativity in her life drove her to begin writing.
Amy received her MFA in Creative Writing for Children from The New School, where she was lucky enough to meet a fabulous community of YA writers who keep her sane on a daily basis. She lives in Harlem, where she spends her days writing, eating cheese, and occasionally binge watching Stranger Things.
~ EMILY ROSS ~
Emily Ross received a 2014 Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award in fiction for HALF IN LOVE WITH DEATH. Her fiction and nonfiction have been published in Boston Magazine, Menda City Review, and The Smoking Poet. She is an editor and contributor at Dead Darlings, a website dedicated to discussing the craft of novel writing. She attended Sarah Lawrence College and the University of Massachusetts Boston, and is a 2012 graduate of Grub Street’s Novel Incubator program.
She supports her writing habit by working as a software developer, and has been coding since before the existence of the Internet, the iPhone, or any tech gadget that is remotely cool. She loves dark mysteries, television shows like True Detective, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad, and anything noir. She is the mother of two millennials and lives in Quincy Massachusetts with her husband, Dave, and her elusive cat, Beau.
~ HUNTLEY FITZPATRICK ~
Born to parents who read anything and everything, the young, shy and nearsighted Huntley Fitzpatrick found herself searching for books that let her fall in love… with the story and the boy. It was only natural that one day she would decide to pursue a career in writing. In whole-hearted support, her father presented her with a typewriter, a package of Lucky Strike cigarettes, a bottle of Scotch and a note advising her to “Be Bold, Be Bold, Be Bold.” For her tenth birthday.
Skipping the Scotch and the smokes, she began to write. Her first story involved a family with twenty children who lived by the ocean. The parents were twenty-two. To this day, some things remain constant in Huntley’s life: her love of family, salt air, summer and beaches and a shaky grasp of math.
In her teenage years, Huntley’s writing involved forcing friends to listen to her stories. At times this involved a twenty-page analysis of a two minute conversation with her current crush and included such phrases as “Pause. Silence. Much audible blushing.” Already, she was well on the path to exploring the paradoxical emotions involved in first love and true love. Sometimes we get lucky and they are the same thing.
Huntley spent her college years majoring in Shakespeare and completing a minor in daydreaming, following which she spent time working as a waitress, a caterer, a publicist’s minion, a bartender, an account firm assistant, romance novel editor, and co-owner of a café.
Along the way she, too, fell in love.
Today, Huntley lives on the coast of Massachusetts with her encouraging husband and their six energetic children who, thankfully, let her pick their brains, advising her on whatever is currently cool and reminding her of what always matters. In between – and sometimes during – the moments of chaos that surround her large family, Huntley can often be seen dashing to her computer or scribbling with whatever writing implements are on hand—lipstick or eyebrow pencil on an ATM receipt is fair game. Thoughts of young love are never far from her mind. And she’d love to hear yours so EMAIL her.
~ KRISTY ACEVEDO ~
Kristy Acevedo is a YA & MG author, high school English teacher, and huge Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Harry Potterfan. When she was a child, her “big sister” from the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program fostered her love of books by bringing her to the public library every Wednesday for seven years.A member of SCBWI and The Sweet Sixteens, she has her M.A.T. in English and graduated summa cum laude from Bridgewater State University. Consider, her debut novel, won the 2015 She also founded the Monthly Twitter Writing Challenge in 2014. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, two daughters, and two cats. Represented by Kathleen Rushall of Andrea Brown Literary.
~ K.R. CONWAY ~
K.R. (Kate) Conway is a sarcastic bugger who likes to torment Cape Cod’s summertime tourists, taunting them about sneaky sharks and traffic-free backroads. She’s been a professional journalist since 1999 when several newspaper editors lost their minds and hired her as a feature writer. She is best known, however, for her Urban Fantasy series, Undertow, which reads like a mash-up of Jaws and The Goonies. Awards, nominations, and features include Barnes and Noble’s Seven Terrifying Summer Reads for Teens (2015), Teen Ink Magazine’s Best Picks, Girl’s Life Magazine Cool Winter Reads, newspapers, magazines, and radio. Nominations include Indie Recon Live (Best New YA, Best Opening Line, Best Book Boyfriend), YALSA, Cybil, Goodreads, IRDA, and others.
The series has spawned fan fiction, fan art, jewelry, clothing, and even tattoos. Conway, who is a member of SCBWI, teaches fiction craft at writer conferences, high schools, and libraries. She lives on Cape Cod with her equally weird family and a strange assortment of critters. When not writing, Conway drives a forty-foot Loser Cruiser that smells like forgotten Pony sneakers from the 80s. She is the founder of the Teen Conference.
~ HILLARY MONAHAN / EVA DARROWS ~
Hillary Monahan: Talking about myself isn’t nearly as much fun as I thought it’d be, so I’ll try to keep it simple. I’m in my thirties and I live in a lovely little suburb just south of Boston with my horror dork husband. We have two basset hounds and three cats. We’re suckers for punishment. At least, I am. The husband just gives me what I want because listening to me piss and moan is no fun.
At night, when the lights are dim and the creepy crawlies scuttle around in the dark, I throw words at my computer. Sometimes they’re even good words. My YA horror MARY: The Summoning was published 9/2/2014 by Disney Hyperion. The sequel, MARY: Unleashed hit 9/8/2015. My lit agent is Miriam Kriss of the Irene Goodman Agency.
I tend to blog about writing. And horror movies. And whatever other random thing is on my brain at the moment because I have the attention span of a goldfish. Questions or comments, feel free to reach out to me at hillaryjmonahan at gmail dot com. I don’t bite often, so it’s relatively safe!
~ MEG KASSEL ~
~ KATHRYN KNIGHT ~
Kathryn Knight spends a great deal of time in her fictional world, where mundane chores don’t exist and daily life involves steamy romance, dangerous secrets, and spooky suspense.
Kathryn writes contemporary romance spiked with mysterious hauntings as well as YA paranormal romance filled with forbidden love. Her novels are award-winning #1 Kindle bestsellers and RomCon Reader Rated picks.
When she’s not reading or writing, Kathryn spends her time catching up on those mundane chores, driving kids around, and teaching writing classes. Two of her ghost story/romance titles, Gull Harbor and Haunted Souls, are set on beautiful Cape Cod, where she lives with her husband, their two sons, and a number of rescued pets.
~ MICHAEL BAILEY ~
Michael Bailey is a professional writer from Falmouth, Massachusetts who kind of hates writing bios. Over the years Michael has contributed several more articles to Renaissance Magazine and other local publications, and has since 2004 been a staff writer for two New England-based renaissance faire production companies: Pastimes Entertainment and the Connecticut Renaissance Faire.
Michael is the author of the Action Figures young adult series and the humorous fantasy series The Adventures of Strongarm & Lightfoot. He currently lives in Worcester with his wife Veronica, their bulldog Beatrix, and four cats.
~ ALEX LIDELL ~
Alex Lidell is the Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books. Alex is represented by Leigh Feldman of Leigh Feldman Literary. She lives in Washington, DC.
~ Katie Bayerl ~
Katie fell in love with books before she can remember and with teaching when she was just a teen. The writing books for teens part came a bit later. She jumped right in and hasn’t looked back.
Katie has degrees in education studies from Brown, teaching from Tufts, and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has taught teens in a range of settings, worked as editor of a teen-generated magazine, led the communications efforts of a Boston nonprofit, and helped dozens of schools and nonprofits tell their stories. She currently leads the VCFA Young Writers Networkand teaches classes for teens at GrubStreet. Her young adult fiction has won early honors, including the PEN New England Children’s Book Discovery Award and the Flying Pig Bookstore/Vermont College Humor Award. A Psalm for Lost Girls (spring 2017, Putnam) is her first novel.
I was born and raised in Massachusetts, on the South Shore, which sounds beachy, even luxe. Think Winnebagos and chicken coops. My three brothers, 16, 10, and 8 years older, were teens by the time I became a person. Happiest around adults, who often forgot I was there, I spent days eavesdropping on gossipy moms in lawn chairs and nights listening under the table during tipsy Scrabble parties.
My dad read to me nightly. Eventually and early, I read to myself, everywhere. On top of an enormous freezer chest stuffed with meat. On drives until I grew nauseous. In bed until my eyes gave out. I read anything I could get my hands on. V.C. Andrews and Dickens. Black Beauty and the Bible. The Economist. Madeline L’Engle and Margaret Atwood. National Geographic.
I got a bachelor’s degree in English from Stonehill College and a Master’s in Journalism from Northeastern University. For a while, I worked as a business journalist. Instead of waiting for the Federal Reserve to release the Beige Book, I pitched story ideas along the lines of “Stigmatized Properties: When Murder Kills Property Values”. You see where things were headed.
Today, I live with my family northwest of Boston in a town a lot like Shiverton, near the real Fells reservation of AFTER THE WOODS. Born with dysgeographica—I’m directionally challenged—the fear of getting lost in that lovely, dark forest lives close to my skin.
(all participants will get to circulate through all the micro-panels!):
Heroes, Villains, and Loveable Losers
Road Map to the Unknown: Plotting
Fact Versus Fiction
Going Long: Series Writing