Saturday, February 26, 2011

Shout-out for a Great Conference

I'm posting today to give a big woohoo to the wonderful Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference coming up this June in Sandy, Utah. I'm one of the lucky people who will be serving as faculty for the conference. I think this is my fifth time doing this. It's a truly amazing week of intensive critique and chance to grow as a writer. The organizer, Carol Lynch Williams, is THE single funniest human being on the planet, and also one of the most amazing writers ever, and also an extraordinarily kind and generous person. This is the conference where I met both my agent, Stephen Fraser, and one of my editors, Nancy Hinkel. I owe so much to this conference.

So here's some information about it and a link to the conference website in case I can tempt any of you to come join me.

Registration is open for Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers!

This popular week-long conference offers 20 hours of classroom critique,
afternoon classes on craft, and plenary sessions by New York editors and agents.

This year's award-winning faculty includes:

Sharlee Glenn (Beginning Writer class)
Trudy Harris (Picture Book class)
Kristyn Crow (Picture Book class)
Kevin Hawkes (Illustration class)
Mike Knudson (Chapter Book class)
Claudia Mills (Middle Grade Novel class)
Emily Wing Smith (Beginning Young Adult Novel class)
Louise Plummer (Young Adult Novel class)
Holly Black (Fantasy Novel class)
Kathleen Duey (Advanced Novel class)
Martine Leavitt (Advanced Novel class)
A.E. Cannon (Boot Camp class)

Our amazing editors are:
Alyson Heller, Aladdin Books
Lisa Yoskowitz, Disney

Our talented agent is Mary Kole from Andrea Brown Literary Agency

This year's keynote is by New York Times Bestseller Ally Condie, author of

Where: The Waterford School, Sandy UT
When: June 13-17, 2011

For more information, and to register, go to
For questions, email us at:

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