“What boys are reading and if boys are reading are perennial topics of conversation and sources of concern, but to hear three authors discuss the topic at the Writing Genre for Boys panel at BEA last Friday, maybe we don’t need to worry so much. The conversation drifted from what the participating authors – Jack Gantos, Jon Scieszka, and Kevin Emerson – read when they were kids to the way they use humor in their writing, “reluctant readers,” and the very idea of writing “for” boys (or girls) to begin with.
This is a topic of some concern to me, though I’d like to see a version of this topic specifically on writing for queer youth. In the mean time, I guess the consesus seems to be "Write well, and the readers will find it no matter what sort of underpants they were"
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