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Young Writers' Conference

Hosted annually by Fresno State's Department of English, the YWC gathers hundreds of Central California's brightest young writers and their teachers on campus for a day of creative writing and imagination.

This year's event:

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
8:15 a.m. to 2 p.m.

On campus: Satellite Student Union
Online: Zoom (register for livestream)

Manuscript deadline:

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Registration deadline:

Monday, April 8, 2024

Keynote Speaker: Navdeep Singh Dhillon

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Navdeep Singh Dhillon is the author of Sunny G’s Series of Rash Decisions, a young-adult novel published by Penguin Teen about a cosplaying, crocheting Punjabi teen on a prom-night adventure through Fresno with a Hmong cosplaying love interest, as he comes to terms with grief, identity, and life after high school. Sunny G has appeared on most-anticipated lists at Buzzfeed, Bookshop, Brightly, Pop Goes the Reader, Beyond the Bookends, Book Riot, and elsewhere.

Sunny G received a starred review at Booklist Review, which said: “Perfect for fandom lovers and for fans of John Green and Sandhya Menon, Sunny G is a cerebral novel full of heart. It’s not one to miss.”

Born in England, raised in Tanzania, Nigeria, Dubai, and Fresno, Navdeep is a Punjabi boy at heart. He was a linguist in the U.S. Navy, worked as a lifeguard at Wild Water Adventure Park for many years, and his strangest job was selling overpriced knives as a door-to-door salesman. He is a proud alumnus of Fresno State and while he spends most of the year in the NYC area, he spends his summers in Fresno.