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Alternate World vs. Imaginary World

March 22, 2013

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum
For ages 13 to 18 years

The 2013 NYC Teen Author Festival presents "Alternate World vs. Imaginary World." Of these authors, some have written stories involving alternate or parallel versions of our world, some have made up imaginary worlds for their characters, and still others have written books that do each.  We’ll discuss the decision to either connect the world of a book to our world, or to take it out of the historical context of our world.  How do each strategies help in telling story and developing character?  Is one easier than the other? Is the stepping off point always reality, or can it sometimes be another fictional world?

Sarah Beth Durst
Jeff Hirsch
Emmy Laybourne
Lauren Miller
E. C. Myers
Diana Peterfreund
Mary Thompson

Moderator:  Chris Shoemaker