I just wanted to make you all aware of a GREAT conference for you or anyone you know who is interested in writing or illustrating for the Young Adult or Picture Book Market. This conference has traditionally been held at BYU for years and years. However, because of the growing nature of the conference, it had to be moved to another facility. It's still run by the same great organizers and still has an amazing list of presenters.

Here's the information on the conference. I just want to encourage you to spread the word to those that may be interested. It's an AMAZING opportunity. Now, I'm especially talking to you illustrators on this list: You've got to sign up for Kevin Hawke's morning workshop classes. He's an amazing illustrator and is ready to teach us all so much. And all you writers, just look at the list of faculty you have to choose from!

Hope to see you there!

Read on...


The For Young Readers annual writing and Illustrating workshop brings together writers, illustrators, agents, and editors to explore craft, genre, and current publishing practices.
Full-day participants spend their mornings in small workshops led by award-winning faculty (see the list below or go to the website for full bios). Both full- and half-day participants enjoy afternoon plenary sessions by national children's book editors and an agent, as well as breakout sessions by our workshop faculty and guest presenters. The keynote address and book signing are open to all conference attendees.

Join us June 14 - 18 at the Waterford School in Sandy, Utah for a better than ever conference experience. Register online! www.foryoungreaders.com

Mary E. Pearson, Author - Keynote speech presenter

Kate Angelella, Assistant Editor at Simon and Schuster

Jennifer Hunt, Editorial Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Mary Kole, Associate Agent at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc.

Bonny Becker, Author - picture book workshop

Kristyn Crow, Author - picture book workshop

Cheri Pray Earl beginning writing class

Ann Dee Ellis, Author - contemporary novel workshop

Alane Ferguson, Author - novel workshop for intermediate/advanced writers

Kevin Hawkes, Illustrator and Author - illustration workshop

Mike Knudson, Author - chapter book workshop

Brandon Mull, Author- fantasy/sci fi workshop

Emily Wing Smith, Author - beginning novel workshop

Rick Walton, Author - beginning writing class

Dave Wolverton, Author - fantasy/sci fi workshop

Sara Zarr, Author - novel workshop for intermediate/advanced writers

Ally Condie writer

Heather Dixon writer

Guy Francis illustrator

Matthew Kirby writer

Sydney Salter writer

Kirk L. Shaw editor

Will Terry illustrator

1 comment:

  1. I'm really looking forward to going again this year. It will be my third time.

    It's the best Kid Lit Conference west of the Mississippi (I done heard tell.)


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