November 2020 Virtual YA Workshop

WHEN: November 7th, 2020 – 10 am (PST) to TBD


COST: $135

Writing And Publishing For Young Audiences!

Join children’s authors Maya Pasad, Christine Taylor Butler and Dustin Hansen for a one-day Zoom conference on writing both fiction and nonfiction aimed at young audiences, from small children through middle grade and young adult! Christine is the author of the A True Book series of historical and scientific books for middle readers and the Lost Tribes novels for young adult readers. Dustin is the author and artist of My Video Game Ate My Homework, a graphic novel from DC Comics, and Game On!, a history of video games in prose.

Scholarships are available for this workshop.

Scholarship details can be found here.


Christine Taylor-Butler grew up in Ohio, near one of the best libraries in the world. Her passion for writing developed early but her writing career took a circuitous route that included a New England boarding school, two MIT degrees and a series of jobs that included working for a start-up software company followed by several years at Harvard University and more than a decade as a Graphic Arts Manager at Hallmark Cards. She recognized the lack of diversity in publishing and the resultant representation, so lent her voice to help bring changes that would benefit all children. She has since written sixty-five commercial publications, learning a great deal about writing, publishing, and children along the way.

Maya Prasad is a South Asian writer, a Caltech graduate, and a former Silicon Valley software engineer. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest, where she enjoys hiking, canoeing, and raising her budding bookworm daughter.

Her YA short story “Princess” is featured in the anthology Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA (Algonquin Young Readers, October 2020). It was originally a New Voice selection in issue 03 of the digital platform, Foreshadow: A Serial YA Anthology. The prequel “Weeds” was included on the Cast of Wonders podcast for Banned Books Week (episode 375). A recipient of the We Need Diverse Books mentorship program, Maya is passionate about creating brown girl leads in children’s literature.

Visit her website at or find her on Instagram or Twitter @msmayaprasad.

Dustin Hansen, author of Game On! and the Microsaurs series, was raised in rural Utah, where he spent many days hiking red rock canyons that once belonged to the dinosaurs. But even the beautiful mountains couldn’t keep him away from his love of pixels and controllers. He has been writing and creating art for the video game industry for more than two decades. Dustin and his family live in rural Utah once again, where he is the current king of the family Mario Kart circuit.

Schedule (coming soon!)