YALLWEST was a day packed with swag (goodies provided by publishers), panels (discussing creativity, the writing process, the publishing industry, ) free pizza and inspiration. Daniel Jose Older blew the roof off the venue with his honest and bold style on panels like “Write the Resistance” covering the topic of writing realistic characters that are standing up to injustice. Danielle Paige and Victoria Aveyard’s discussion on women who influenced their writing and on the importance of strong female characters was brilliant. Tracey Baptiste showed her creative chops by sharing a story from her childhood, inspiring writers in attendance to dig into their own childhood for tales to re-spin.
If you are a fan of middle grade or young adult literature, you should attend YALLWEST. Writers of MG or YA need to come to this an annual event and get an infusion of creativity.