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Writing From Life: How to Turn Your Reality Into Gripping Fiction (ages 12-18) (By RSVP)

20 July 2019 @ 16 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min

For ages 12-18



Award-winning author Katherine Marsh turned the experience of her family’s three years as ex-pats in Brussels, Belgium into Nowhere Boy, her fifth novel for young readers. A New York Times Notable and Washington Post Best Book of 2018, Nowhere Boy tells the story of 13-year-old American Max and 14-year-old Syrian Ahmed who meet in Brussels in 2015 at the height of the Refugee Crisis. Marsh will discuss how she turned such real news events as the Refugee Crisis and Brussels lockdown and terror attacks into a page-turning story and also how she turned more personal experiences, like her children’s immersion in a French-Belgian school, into fiction. She will also guide young adult authors through writing exercises that allow them to identify their most unique and powerful life material and help them to convert it into fiction that speaks to an international audience. She will also discuss her own publishing journey and how to tackle the process as an aspiring young author.


About Katherine Marsh: Katherine is the author of Nowhere Boy, which is being translated into sixteen languages; The Night Tourist, winner of the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery and a sequel The Twilight PrisonerJepp, Who Defied the Stars, a New York Times Notable and The Door by the Staircase, a Junior Library Guild Selection. She is a former managing editor of The New Republic and a former contributing editor at Rolling Stone. She currently lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, two cats and three chickens. Find out more about Katherine here.

Advance registration is required for Teen Nights (sign-up HERE), and each teen attending must bring a signed permission slip (available HERE). Send an email to Celeste, our children’s and teens’ services manager, with questions. Participation in teen events is free for Library members and 10€ for non-members.






20 July 2019
16 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min
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