Society of
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My Process Shop Talks 2023 Edition

Date(s) - 03/21/2023 - 12/17/2023
12:00 am


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Back by popular demand, the 2023 edition of My Process Shop Talks!



Inspired by Elizabeth George’s craft book, Mastering the Process: From Idea to Novel, we’ve asked our PAL and Independently Published Creators to share their process. They will answer questions about their process in about an hour long shop talk via zoom to our members.

We want to thank last year’s inaugural presenters Stephanie Bearce, Wendy Leach, and Nicki Jacobsmeyer, Aaron Fox, Jennifer Adam, Violet Lemay,  Jody Feldman, and Jess Townes for their incredible presentations and wish them luck with their current and future projects!





Our 2023 Schedule is:

Feb. 21, 2023, 6 pm: Jenn Bailey, Early Reader adapted from a published PB

March 21, 2023, 6 pm: Shana Youngdahl, YA

May 16, 2023, 6 pm: Shannon Thompson, MG in verse

June 20, 2023, 6 pm: Polly Alice McCann, Work for hire


Next Up…


On Tuesday, March 21st  from 6- 7 pm, join us and author Shana Youngdahl as she shares the process of writing her debut novel for teens As Many Nows As I Can Get. Come with your burning questions for our Q&A session.


Please REGISTER for this FREE hour-long webinar so we can send you the Zoom link. A recording will be available for the event for registered attendees only. If you sign up for one, you sign up for all!






Shana Youngdahl is a poet, professor, and fiction writer. Shana loves helping young people embrace the stories they need to tell. The author of several poetry chapbooks and two volumes of poems, her debut novel for teens As Many Nows As I Can Get, was a Kirkus Best Book of 2019, and a New York Public Library top-ten book of 2019 (Dial/Penguin Teen). Her second novel A Catalog of Burnt Objects is expected in 2024 (Dial/Penguin). Shana teaches in the MFA program at Lindenwood University. Connect with her online at, twitter @shanayoungdahl or instagram @shanayoungdahl






Young Adult

In one impulsive moment the summer before they leave for college, overachievers Scarlett and David plunge into an irresistible swirl of romance, particle physics, and questionable decisions.

Scarlett and David have known each other all their lives in small-town Graceville, Colorado, where David is just another mountain in the background, until, one day, he is suddenly so much more than part of the landscape. Magnetic, poetic, spontaneous, David is a gravitational force. And Scarlett, pragmatic, wry, eye on the future, welcomes the whirlwind even as she resists it.

Moving between the present and the past, this is the story of a seemingly grounded girl who’s pulled into a lightning-strike romance with an electric-charged boy, and the enormity of the aftermath. Smart, bold, and unconventionally romantic, this book explores grief, guilt, and reconciling who you think you need to be with the person you’ve been all along. It’s an aching, transporting reminder that between the past that shapes us and the unknowable future, we have only the present to forgive ourselves and forge ahead.