YARWA’S Day of YA 2017

ATTENTION: The Day Of YA is very near capacity. If you would still like to attend this great event, please contact Mary Karlik at president@yarwa.com.***


YARWA is proud to announce our fifth annual Day of YA at RWA Nationals in Orlando, Florida. Join us for this fun-filled event that’s all YA!

  • When: Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m
  • Where: Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort, Americas Seminar Room, Orlando, FL.
  • Fee: $40 for members and Non-members.

Schedule of Events (Scheduled to change):

7:30am – 8:25am Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:25am – 8:30am Welcome and Board Introductions, Mary Karlik, YARWA President

8:30am – 9:00am Keynote Address – Jennifer L. Armentrout Jennifer is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of: Young Adult, New Adult, Contemporary Romance, and Romantic Suspense.

9:00am – 11:00am Craft Workshop – Damon Suede: STAR TURNS: Making Protagonists Shine!
Today’s readers have no time for cookie-cutter casting. What makes a main character sparkle? How do you identify the best lead to navigate your story? Unforgettable protagonists anchor bestsellers and steer your writing process. This two-hour character class will teach you to embrace and expand popular tropes to focus on showcasing your voice, setting your story’s hook, and creating leads worth following.

11:00am – 11:15am Break

11:15am – 12:15pm First Pages Agent and Editor Critique Session
A first page can either grab an agent or editor’s attention or scream hard pass. Find out what makes a first page stand out—both the good and the bad—as our industry experts read aloud a selection of anonymously submitted first pages. Panelists will share their thoughts on what stands out, both positive and negative, offer constructive feedback, and tell us why they’d keep reading or set the manuscript aside.

  • Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary Agency
  • Mary Altman, Sourcebooks
  • Whitney Ross, Tor/Macmillan
  • Bess Cozby, Tor/Macmillan
  • Nicole Resciniti, The Seymour Agency

12:15pm – 12:30pm Athena and Rosemary Awards Announcement – Monica Jones

12:30pm – 12:45pm YARWA Annual Meeting – Mary Karlik – All members welcome



Don’t wait, space is limited!

*Event is open to those 18 and over.

Questions? Contact Mary Karlik at president@yarwa.com. We hope to see you there!

***Interested in joining YARWA? Pro-rated memberships are just $15 after March 1, 2017.***