Monday, February 7, 2011

Conference Made of Awesome

I just found out about a totally awesome conference, Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers! So awesome, I thought I'd give you guys a heads-up. It takes place in Sandy, Utah (between Provo and Salt Lake), just down the road from where I grew up, ironically, and has presenters like:

Ally Condie
Holly Black
Martine Leavitt
Louise Plummer
A. E. Cannon
Editor Alyson Heller (Aladdin Books)
Lisa Yoskowits (Disney)
Agent Mary Kole (Andrea Brown)

So if you're in the area, or want to travel, check out the blurb below for more deets and a link. If I'm lucky, I'll see you there!

Registration is now open for the 2011 week-long Conference on Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. This year, the conference will take place at Waterford school in Sandy, Utah, June 13-17. Continuing its tradition of providing helpful instruction from published authors as well as presentations by industry professionals, this year’s conference features a keynote address by author Ally Condie, and workshops by national authors Holly Black, Martine Leavitt, Louise Plummer, Kathleen Duey, Mike Knudson, Claudia Mills, Emily Wing Smith, Sharlee Glenn, Trudy Harris, Kristyn Crow, and illustrator Kevin Hawkes. We are also providing a more intensive workshop for advanced writers led by A.E. Cannon called the Writer's Boot Camp. Several other nationally-recognized authors and illustrators will lead break-out discussions. Participating are editors Alyson Heller (Aladdin Books), Lisa Yoskowitz (Disney), and Associate Agent Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Agency). For more information, including registration instructions and author bios, go here!

17 comments:

Amanda said...

It's so great to have conferences in areas that are close or you're familiar with! There isn't much in my area. Have fun!

Kris said...

That sounds so interesting!

Nisa said...

Oh, I'll be in the States, but on the wrong side! Too bad! This sounds wonderful!

B.J. Anderson said...

Oh, wow, sounds like so much fun!!1

Angela Felsted said...

What a great conference. Are you going?

Conda V. Douglas said...

Wow! I live nearby (in western terms) so I'm checking it out!

Danyelle said...

Next year, my friend. Next year. :D

Myrna Foster said...

I went to this several years ago, when they still held it at BYU, and it was awesome!

Jemi Fraser said...

Wow! It sounds wonderful - but it's way too far away from me *sad face*

Alleged Author said...

Sounds like a great conference!

Alison said...

I've been to this one. Many times. Love it.

Rebecca said...

I learn so much from this every time I go. It's worth every penny--the afternoon workshops come out to about $26 a day!

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, it does sound amazing. Too bad I'm an east coaster.

Courtney Lowe said...

I had a BLAST at the 2010 conference! Not only did it help me hone my voice, but under Alane Ferguson's tutelage, I discovered an entirely new novel buried in the depths of my subconscious. You're not going to get a better experience anywhere on the west coast!

Cori said...

I'm going for the first time this year, and I'm ridiculously excited. One of the girls in my writing group (Heather Dixon) got her agent and a book contract through this conference, and is speaking during an afternoon session this year. There's an incredible lineup of authors this year -- it's going to be awesome!

Gabapple said...

Oh man, I went to this a couple of years ago and had Brandon Sanderson as my mentor for the week. WOW. What an amazing experience! It was intense and completely changed the way I thought about writing -- definitely for the better. :) Lovelovelove it.

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