MARK YOUR CALENDARS, JUNE 17th-21st 2013 (or just 18th-20th for illustrators)
We have a huge and amazing faculty including 2 literary agents, and an editor from Simon and Schuster. Here's the list...
2013 Writing and Illustrating Conference Faculty Include:
|Cheri Pray Earl||Introduction to Writing for Children Class|
|Sharlee Glenn||Picture Book Class|
|Steve Bjorkman||Illustration Class|
|J Scott Savage||Middle Grade Class|
|Kris Chandler||Novel Class|
|AE Cannon||Novel Class|
|Martine Leavitt||Specialty Novel Class (more info to come)|
|Matt Kirby||Advanced Class|
|Mette Ivie Harrison||Full Novel Class (Limited to 6 participants)|
|Carol Lynch Williams||Writer's Boot Camp|
|Utah State Poet Laureate Lance Larsen||Keynote Speaker|
|Alyson Heller||Editor for S&S|
|Ammi-Joan Paquette||Erin Murphy Literary Agent|
|Steven Fraser||Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency|
Being an illustrator myself, and having taught at this conference previously, I am soooooooooooo excited to announce that the talented Steve Bjorkman will be our illustration faculty this year. I think I may sneak in when I'm off-duty and learn a few illustration techniques from him myself. (I wish I could!) See what a fun illustrator he is....
And if you're wondering what this conference is all about and what goes on, see my previous posts about it.
But essentially, you can sign up for full day or half day attendance. Full day attendees get an awesome, intensive 5 day, 4 hour morning class with the faculty you sign up with. In addition, you get a chance to be chosen to show your work to the attending agent or editor (which is a big deal), and you get all the afternoon workshops as well (which are taught by even more faculty than is listed here). Half-day attendees get the afternoon workshops and keynote addresses. Everyone who registers will get permission and information to submit directly to the editor and agents post-conference (which is also a big deal). But best of all, you get to learn so much about your craft, the business, and the culture of the children's book industry.
There are so many well-known authors who have gotten their start at this very conference. You'll be sorry if you miss it. (last year we had attendees from all over...even as far as the Mid East...we were amazed)
So if your loved-one asks what you want for Christmas, tell him/her "REGISTER ME FOR WIFYR" which stands for Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers of course. Registration should be up in a few short weeks. I'll keep you posted.