The DFW Writers’ Conference strives to have a little something for everyone; that includes writing for children. This year we are super excited to have middle grade and teen author P.J. Hoover joining us. P. J. first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P. J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. When not writing, P. J. spends time with her husband and two kids and enjoys practicing kung fu, solving Rubik’s cubes, and watching Star Trek. Her first novel for teens, Solstice (Tor Teen, June 2013), takes place in a global warming future and explores the parallel world of mythology beside our own. Her middle grade novel, Tut (Tor Children’s, 2014), tells the story of a young immortal King Tut, who’s been stuck in middle school for over 3,000 years and must defeat an ancient enemy with the help of a dorky kid from school, a mysterious Egyptian princess, and a one-eyed cat. P. J. is also a member of THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS & SCOUNDRELS and THE ENCHANTED INKPOT. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website www.pjhoover.com.
We asked P.J. to come up with something to cover writing just for kids. This is what she has to say about her class: Separating the Kids from the Teens: Writing for both Middle Grade and Young Adult Readers
Navigating the world of books for kids and teens can make even the most savvy writers confused. Guidelines like age of protagonist, subject matter, and reading level are just that: guidelines. By understanding early on where a manuscript falls, the writing, revising, pitching, and marketing of a book can become much less frustrating and much clearer. This class is aimed at writers who want to write for both the middle grade and young adult levels.