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WIR 2022 – Workshop: Why YA?

2022/10/01 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


PRPL’s 2022 Writer in Residence presents: Why YA? What Young Adult Is, Isn’t, and Why You Should Write It (or not)

Award-winning YA author Gabrielle Prendergast invites writers and readers to learn about Young Adult (YA) Fiction by exploring many of the common misconceptions surrounding this popular (and lucrative) part of the book industry.

Gabrielle’s workshop will include YA guidelines, and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of writing YA. Participants will discuss YA Tropes and controversial issues in YA such as sexuality and diversity. Participants will leave with a good understanding of the YA category, as well as insider knowledge about this dynamic market.

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PRPL’s 2022 Writer in Residence – Gabrielle Prendergast

Gabrielle Prendergast is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and teens. Gabrielle has been nominated for the White Pine Award and the CLA Award, The Vancouver Book Award, The Myrca, Diamond Willow and Red Cedar prizes. Gabrielle has an MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and has taught writing at Sydney University, San Francisco State University, UBC and Royal Canadian College as well as at numerous conferences and in school classrooms.

Gabrielle was Writer in Residence at Vancouver Public Library in 2014 and has expertise in mentoring and supporting authors writing for adults, including those who are interested in self-publishing.

2022 is the inaugural year of PRPL’s Writer in Residence program, for more information go to


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Mel Edgar, Teen Services Coordinator