Welcome to YARWA!

Here we celebrate all things YA— readers, writers, authors, books, and conventions. We share information, hold online classes, and support each other on the road to publication and beyond. Networking opportunities and a strong, active membership make YARWA a powerful force in the young adult writing community.

So have a look around. . .check out our members pages and how you can become one. Browse through upcoming workshops and latest event news. At YARWA, we’ve always got the creative juices flowing, and this is the place to take your sip! Get inspired and get involved in the wonderful world of young adult literature.

A message from your New President…

A New Year!

I am thrilled and honored to be your new President here at YARWA! If we haven’t met, my name is Sarra Cannon, and I write Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy and Paranormal fiction. I’ve been passionate about YA fiction since my own high school years, when I could always be seen with a Christopher Pike novel in my hands. I started my publishing journey back in 2010 when I self-published my debut novel, Beautiful Demons, and I have since written and published more than 25 books.

Now that I’ve introduced myself, I hope that you’ll say hello in the YARWA Facebook Group or feel free to get in touch through email, so I can get to know you, as well. I wanted to say a huge thank you to Mary Karlik, our outgoing President, for her amazing service to our chapter over the past few years. Thank you, also, to all our outgoing Board Members. Your time is so appreciated.

This is going to be an amazing year for YARWA. I hope you’ll take a moment to browse through the list of our upcoming workshops for this year, as we have some incredible presenters lined up for you. We are also busy preparing our annual Day of YA at the RWA National Conference in NYC, and I can tell you, it’s going to be one of the best! You won’t want to miss it!

In addition to these events, your Board Members have been discussing some new and exciting online events for the chapter that we believe will be educational, fun, and valuable for us all. Stay tuned as more information unfolds.

We are so grateful to have all of you as members of this wonderful chapter. Thank you for your time and participation, and I am looking forward to making 2019 one of our best years yet.

Thank you,


YARWA President

YARWA Workshops

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2020  Rosemary Contest

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Calling All Published Authors!

The Athena Contest awards excellence in published Young Adult & New Adult fiction

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YARWA Chapter pins

Chapter PinRequests have been coming in for our adorable YARWA pin, so instead of waiting for Nationals, we’ve decided to offer them now!

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