Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA

Foreshadow: Stories to Celebrate the Magic of Reading and Writing YA


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13 Short Stories from Bold New YA Voices & Writing Advice from YA Icons

Created by New York Times bestselling authors Emily X.R. Pan and Nova Ren Suma, Foreshadow is so much more than a short story collection. A trove of unforgettable fiction makes up the beating heart of this book, and the accompanying essays offer an ode to young adult literature, as well as practical advice to writers.

Featured in print for the first time, the thirteen stories anthologized here were originally released via the buzzed-about online platform Foreshadow. Ranging from contemporary romance to mind-bending fantasy, the Foreshadow stories showcase underrepresented voices and highlight the beauty and power of YA fiction. Each piece is selected and introduced by a YA luminary, among them Gayle Forman, Laurie Halse Anderson, Jason Reynolds, and Sabaa Tahir.

What makes these memorable stories tick? What sparked them? How do authors build a world or refine a voice or weave in that deliciously creepy atmosphere to bring their writing to the next level? Addressing these questions and many more are essays and discussions on craft and process by Nova Ren Suma and Emily X.R. Pan.
This unique compilation reveals and celebrates the magic of reading and writing for young adults. A supplemental section of craft essays offers advice on subjects from technique to revision to publication.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781643750798
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/20/2020
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,123,574
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Nova Ren Suma is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling The Walls Around Us, which was an Edgar Award finalist. She also wrote Imaginary Girls and 17 & Gone and is co-creator of FORESHADOW: A Serial YA Anthology. She has an MFA in fiction from Columbia University and teaches writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts and the University of Pennsylvania. Originally from the Hudson Valley, she spent most of her adult life in New York City and now lives in Philadelphia.

Emily X.R. Pan is the New York Times bestselling author of The Astonishing Color of After, which won the APALA Honor Award and the Walter Honor Award, received six starred reviews, was an LA Times Book Prize finalist, and was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal. She lives in Brooklyn, New York. Visit Emily online at, and find her on Twitter and Instagram: @exrpan.

Table of Contents

{Introduction} Emily X.R. Pan xi

{Flight} Tanya Aydelott 1

Character Connection in Flight Nova Ren Suma 24

{Risk} Rachel Hylton 26

Voice in Risk Emily X.R. Pan 38

Story Prompt: Building Conflict 40

{Sweetmeats} Linda Cheng 41

Suspension of Disbelief in Sweetmeats Emily X.R. Pan 62

{Glow} Joanna Truman 64

Emotional Resonance in Glow Nova Ren Suma 78

Story Prompt: The End of the World 80

{Escape} Tanvi Berwah 81

The Twist in Escape Nova Ren Sums 100

{Pan Dulce} Flor Salcedo 102

Raising the Stakes In Pan Dulce Emily X.R. Pan 125

Story Prompt: Enigma 127

{Solace} Nora Elghazzawi 128

Mood in Solace Nova Ren Suma 149

{Princess} Maya Prasad 151

Worldbuilding in Princess Emily X.R. Pan 172

Story Prompt: Fleshing Out the World 174

{Fools} Gina Chen 175

Imagery in Fools Emily X.R. Pan 190

{Monsters} Adriana Marachlian 192

The Creep Factor in Monsters Nova Ren Suma 220

Story Prompt: Embodying a Fear 222

{Break} Sophie Meridien 223

Building the Romance in Break Emily X.R. Pan 249

{Resilient} Mayra Cuevas 252

Moment of Change in Resilient Nova Ren Suma 275

Story Prompt: Opening the Door 277

{Belly} Desiree S. Evans 278

The Motif in Belly Emiiy X.R. Pan 302

The Editor's Perspective: Q&A with the Foreshadow Fiction Editors 305

How a Story Is Born with the Foreshadow Authors 311

Story Prompt: The Last Word 316

{Afterword} Nova Ren Suma 319

The Magical Origin Story of Foreshadow 321

Masthead 323

Bios 325

Acknowledgments 331

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