If you have a dream, or deep desire of something, you have to put in the passion, the practice, and the work to make it a reality. James Dashner, Maze Runner Series author (amongst many other book titles) was even an accountant as he pushed through all the barriers to become the author he is now. This incredibly inspiring session will leave you believing in the power of dedication and self-belief. Check out two of James's favorite current young adult authors (that he mentions), Leigh Bardugo and Brandon Sanderson. Are you an inspiring writer and looking to get recognition and opportunities? Check out New York Public Library's Writing Contest Page.