Riverland by Fran Wilde



Sal and Gabi by Carlos Hernandez

The Children Will Hear You: Navigating Emotional, Challenging Topics in Middle Grade Fiction

Thursday June 20, 2019
07:00 pm

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“I remember my own childhood vividly...I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them.” --Maurice Sendak

How do you write authentic, powerful fiction for younger readers that captures the vitality and danger of their world? Award winning authors and teachers, 
Fran Wilde and Carlos Hernandez, will help us craft stories that capture the vitality, wisdom, and danger that inundates younger readers and truly speak to the needs. Moderated by Rob Cameron, Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers relaunches its ground breaking Expert Series at its new home in the Center for Fiction. 


Since 2010, Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers has been the largest, most active, and diverse speculative fiction writers group in New York City.  We cater to fantasy & sci-fi writers serious about publication, and hold professional events and critique sessions all over Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens.  BSFW current members include Shannon Chakraborty (CITY OF BRASS), Phenderson Djeli Clark (BLACK GOD'S DRUM), Marcy Arlin (2003 OBIE), Mimi Mondal (LOCUS winner), Sam Schreiber, Teri Clarke and many others.



Fran Wilde's novels and short stories have been finalists for four Nebula Awards, a World Fantasy Award, and two Hugo Awards, and include her Nebula- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel Updraft, its sequels Cloudbound, and Horizon, her 2019 debut Middle Grade novel Riverland, and the Nebula-, Hugo-, and Locus-nominated novelette The Jewel and Her Lapidary. Her short stories appear in Asimov’sTor.comBeneath Ceaseless SkiesShimmerNature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She writes for publications including The Washington, and and is the incoming Director of the University of Western Colorado's Genre Writing MFA. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at



Carlos Hernandez is the author of the critically acclaimed short story collection The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria (Rosarium 2016), and, most recently, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, a book from the Rick Riordan Presents imprint of Disney Hyperion.He's also written over 40 works of SFF, including drama and poetry. By day, he's a CUNY Associate Professor of English and a game writer and designer. Look for Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe in 2020!

Rob Cameron



Rob Cameron's latest short story “Squeeze” can be found in Mike Allen's Anthology Clockwork Phoenix 5, and his story "Tatterdemallion at the End of the Universe" will be used as curriculum material for the Carterhaugh School of Folklore and the Fantastic. He is the lead organizer for the Brooklyn Speculative Fiction Writers, guest host & curator for the New York Review of Science Fiction Series, and managing editor of the Rob is a linguist and public school ENL teacher in Brooklyn. When not finishing rewrites for his very patient agent, he is teaching his daughter the fine art that is hide-and-seek.