awp-logoMy VCFA colleagues just got word that we’ll be doing a panel next February at the annual AWP Conference. This will be my first AWP, and I’m really looking forward to it. Here’s the description of the panel. Thanks to Nova, Kekla, and Will for letting me tag along.

Mystery in the Writing Process: Discovery, Revelation and Withholding for Writers and Their Readers. (Kekla Magoon, William Alexander, Nova Ren Suma, David Macinnis Gill)

Cultivating a sense of mystery is at the core of what writers do. In the drafting process, we work to solve the mysteries of our story, while striving to keep the same sense of mystery alive for our readers in the final piece. The result is a compelling creative puzzle, in which we strive to know all but share only what is relevant. How much to reveal, and how much to withhold? Four middle grade and YA novelists explore this balance of suspense, discovery, and the careful reveal of information.