Is it your dream to write the next Harry Potter series? Find out how these three impressive Los Angeles Young Adult authors did it. Join us for a lively conversation about how they wrote and published their first novels. You’ll get the inside scoop on how they channel their inner teens/tweens, what their daily writing practices are, and get advice on how to be a successful YA or children’s book author.


Panelists: Ron Koertge, Jessica Brody, Derek Taylor Kent
Friday, July 29, 2011
8:00 – 10:00 p.m.
$10 (Includes snacks and delicious sangria)


Ron Koertge photo_credit Sonya SonesRon Koertge writes fiction for Young Adults and poetry for everybody. He won multiple ALA awards for YA fiction. He also received the P.E.N. prize for his book Stoner and Spaz, a N.E.A. fellowship for poetry, and his poetry has been included twice in The Best American Poetry. His latest YA is “Stoner and Spaz II” (Candlewick Press). His latest books of poetry are “Fever” (Red Hen Press) and “Indigo” (Red Hen Press).




jessicabrodyIn four short years, Jessica has sold five novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and three young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) “The Fidelity Files,” “Love Under Cover,” and “The Karma Club,” Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 with her next YA release, “My Life Undecided” slated for June 2011. She recently sold five more young adult titles to her publisher, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. “52 Reasons to Hate My Father” (which was recently optioned for film) will be out in Spring 2012 and “Unremembered,” (also optioned for film), the first book in a new sci-fi series, will be released in Fall 2012. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Smith College.


derek taylor kentDerek has a three book deal with Harper Collins for a series of comedic children’s novels entitled “Scary School,” scheduled for release this June and in 2012 and 2013. His other children’s book series, Rudy and The Beast, was recently optioned by renowned producer Colin Callendar. Derek also wrote the feature comedy script Cupids which is currently under option at Liberty Films. He wrote a musical-comedy called “King Kalimari: The Musical,” which had a sold-out run in 2007 and garnered rave reviews and the short musical film “Rock Obama: The Barack Obama Musical” which was a hit at film festivals and is featured in a documentary about the Barack Obama campaign. Derek also recently wrapped shooting a comedic web pilot for Comedy Central premiering in February 2010. Derek has taught writing and drama throughout Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Writing and Theater from UCLA School and is a graduate of the writing program at Second City.