Sunday, June 3, 2012

A Writing Conference

Maybe you know this already, but I'm a writer. Not just a cute lesbian blogger.
Check out my writerly blog. This one post in particular since it has to do with breaking the silence: Voice For the Silenced

Okay everyone. I am getting desperate.
And as much as I hate that word, I really did just use it...get over it.

So, there's this Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference thingy-dingy coming up.
Like in two weeks coming up.
I'm an assistant for the advanced writing class with Greg Leitich Smith.
I'm supposed to have 12 people in my class. I don't quite have 12 right now. I need more people. Maybe you. Or your writerly friend.

This is what the conference is: week long writing conference with full day or half day options.
Morning sessions include awesome manuscript workshopping sessions in which you'll get critiques from fellow advanced writers as well as published author Greg Leitich Smith. You'll have the chance to really get to know other writers, to make connections with published authors, and meet a few literary agents and editors. The really cool part about attending conferences is that most of the editors and literary agents give you an opportunity to zip past the slush pile in your queries by adding in your submission that you attended such and such conference (they'll have their own guidelines and instructions, of course).
The afternoon sessions will be presentations or workshops by published authors on all kinds of writing-related topics you can imagine.

This is an awesome conference.
I know because I attended it last year.
I got to work with Kathleen Duey.

She's an awesome writer, and an even better writing mentor.
I'm positive Greg will be just as great.

Tell your friends about the conference. Come be better writers.

~live your own truth~


  1. I'm guessing depressing and cynical nonfiction about incurable mental illness probably wouldn't be a good fit at this conference?

    1. hmmm. no. But depressing and cynical nonfiction about incurable mental illness can easily be turned into a YA novel. That's all teens are these days anyway. I, for one, wouldn't mind having you in my class, but it might be a little bit of a shock to the rest of the class to read nonfiction--fiction writers are all about hiding behind the "fake" aspect of things so they don't have to own up to their own mental illnesses. :)

    2. $120? Ouch.

      Uh.....since I don't read YA....maybe it won't be a good fit....they don't need my drama.

      In response to your comment, I always enjoy having the fiction writers in my class write nonfiction and see how truly liberating it can be.

      good luck

    3. Yeah. It's an expensive conference. But it's a week long and there are a ton of writers plus two editors and two agents who come. It's a big deal.

      I'm much better at writing fiction than I am nonfiction, but I probably enjoy writing nonfiction a lot more. :)