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10 Tips for Integrating Diversity into Your MG/YA Fiction

Saturday, August 3
9:00 am - 10:30 am
St. Helen’s B

Authors who write middle-grade and young adult fiction understand the importance of representing a variety of young people and issues in their stories. Readers deserve to see characters of various ethnicities and races, socio-economic backgrounds, physical and developmental abilities, states of mental health, and family and relationship dynamics.This presentation offers 10 tips for incorporating diversity into fiction respectfully, using examples from bestselling contemporary middle-grade and YA fiction.


Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) and Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016). She is a Contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine. Website: www.melissahart.com .

Melissa Hart