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Crafting Bold Heroines in Young Adult Fiction

Event date: 
Thursday, August 19, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm

This event takes place on crowdcast, Charis' virtual event platform. Register here.

Charis presents Crafting Bold Heroines in Young Adult Fiction, a panel organized by Tor Teen.

The panel features Elayne Audrey Becker (moderator), author of Forestborn, Charlotte Nicole Davis (Sisters of Reckoning), Susan Dennard (Witchshadow), Bethany C. Morrow (A Chorus Rises), and Shannon Price (Endless Skies).

Ever wonder how your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, and speculative fiction YA authors write exciting and "real" heroines in worlds both familiar and wildly different from our own? Join us for this exciting panel of Tor Teen writers who are known for their feminist takes on tales of magic, power, family, redemption, and revenge. This virtual event is perfect for people of all ages, but we especially encourage young writers who are seeking to learn more about craft to attend and ask questions.

This event is co-sponsored by Outlantacon, Atlanta's LGBTQ+ convention for Sci-fi, Pop-culture, Multi-media, & Gaming! Learn more about the 2022 con here:

ELAYNE AUDREY BECKER is a storyteller with a passion for history, myth, mountains, and magic. She holds a BA from Vassar College and an MSc from the University of Aberdeen and has worked as an editor at a New York publisher. Born and raised in Georgia, she grew up with a lake and woods as her backyard, spending long days outside and visiting national parks with her family.

Charlotte Nicole Davis is the critically acclaimed author of The Good Luck Girls and loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. A graduate of The New School's Writing for Children MFA program, she currently lives in Brooklyn.

SUSAN DENNARD is the author of the New York Times bestselling Witchlands series as well as the Something Strange and Deadly series. She has come a long way from small-town Georgia. Working in marine biology, she got to travel the world—six out of seven continents (she’ll get to Asia one of these days!)—before she settled down as a full-time novelist and writing instructor. When not writing, she can be found hiking with her dogs, slaying darkspawn on her Xbox, or earning bruises at the dojo.
Visit her website at or follow her on Twitter or Instagram @stdennard.

Bethany C. Morrow is a recovering expat recently returning from six years in Montreal, Quebec, to live and write in north country New York. A California native, Bethany graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a BA in Sociology. Following undergrad, she studied Clinical Psychological Research at the University of Wales, Bangor, in Great Britain before returning to North America to focus on her literary work. She is the author of the adult novel Mem (Unnamed Press) and the editor of the young adult anthology Take the Mic (Arthur A. Levine Books).

SHANNON PRICE is a proud Filipina-American and Bay Area native. She once led an a cappella group for three years despite not knowing how to read music, and she carries that same level of confidence in every area of her life. When not writing, she can be found watching baking shows, exploring old bookstores, and going to the beach as often as she can. A Thousand Fires is her first novel.

This event is free and open to all people, especially to those who have no income or low income right now, but we encourage and appreciate a solidarity donation in support of the work of Charis Circle, our programming non-profit. Charis Circle's mission is to foster sustainable feminist communities, work for social justice, and encourage the expression of diverse and marginalized voices.

We will be archiving this event and adding closed captioning as soon as possible after airing so that it will be accessible to deaf and HOH people. If you have other accessibility needs or if you are someone who has skills in making digital events more accessible please don't hesitate to reach out to We are actively learning the best practices for this technology and we welcome your feedback as we begin this new way of connecting across distances.

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Forestborn By Elayne Audrey Becker Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250752161
Published: Tor Teen - August 31st, 2021

A young, orphaned shapeshifter in a world that fears magic must risk everything if she hopes to save her only friend in Elayne Audrey Becker's Forestborn, first in a new fantasy series with a timeless feel.


The Sisters of Reckoning (The Good Luck Girls #2) By Charlotte Nicole Davis Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250299741
Published: Tor Teen - August 10th, 2021

The Sisters of Reckoning is the blockbuster sequel to Charlotte Nicole Davis's alternate Old West-set fantasy adventure.

Witchshadow: The Witchlands By Susan Dennard Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765379344
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Published: Tor Teen - June 22nd, 2021

Susan Dennard's New York Times bestselling, young adult epic fantasy Witchlands series continues with Witchshadow, the story of the Threadwitch Iseult.

War has come to the Witchlands . . . and nothing will be the same again.

A Chorus Rises: A Song Below Water novel By Bethany C. Morrow Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250316035
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tor Teen - June 1st, 2021


Meet Naema Bradshaw: a beautiful Eloko, once Portland-famous, now infamous, as she navigates a personal and public reckoning where confronting the limits of her privilege will show Naema what her magic really is, and who it makes her.

The Endless Skies By Shannon Price Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250302014
Published: Tor Teen - August 17th, 2021

Shannon Price's The Endless Skies is a breakout standalone epic fantasy about shapeshifting warriors perfect for fans of Adrienne Young and Wonder Woman.

High above the sea, floats the pristine city of the Heliana. Home to winged-lion shapeshifters—the Leonodai—and protected from the world of humans by an elite group of warriors, the Heliana has only known peace.

Event Summary: 
Charis presents Crafting Bold Heroines in Young Adult Fiction, a panel organized by Tor Teen. The panel features Elayne Audrey Becker, Charlotte Nicole Davis, Susan Dennard, Bethany C. Morrow, and Shannon Price.