virtual event; open to the public and all mentees & mentors
Join YA author Melissa See as she discusses how to write first love in all its complexities. Through having a conversation about her upcoming novel, Love Letters for Joy, Melissa will also explore queer identity, disability, and the intersectionality of the two.
With writing prompts designed to spark chemistry between characters, we’ll explore the possibilities that come from creating stories about people who are too often overlooked and ignored.
At Friday Night Salons, guest artists share their personal and professional journeys, an excerpt of their work, and guide us through a series of inspirational writing prompts.
Melissa See is a disabled, queer author of young adult contemporary romances. She lives in New York City, where she works in children’s publishing. When not writing, she can be found reading, playing Dungeons & Dragons, or curled up with her cat, most likely watching Dimension 20.
About Love Letters for Joy:
Less than a year away from graduation, seventeen-year-old Joy is too busy overachieving to be worried about relationships. She’s determined to be Caldwell Prep’s first disabled valedictorian. And she only has one person to beat, her academic rival Nathaniel.
But it’s senior year and everyone seems to be obsessed with pairing up. One of her best friends may be developing feelings for her and the other uses Caldwell’s anonymous love-letter writer to snag the girl of her dreams. Joy starts to wonder if she has missed out on a quintessential high school experience. She is asexual, but that’s no reason she can’t experience first love, right?
She writes to Caldwell Cupid to help her sort out these new feelings and, over time, finds herself falling for the mysterious voice behind the letters. But falling in love might mean risking what she wants most, especially when the letter-writer turns out to be the last person she would ever expect.