There is a famous line from a movie that says, “I was always a band geek. I just never joined the band.” I could relate. When I was in high school I was a president of the dance team, a singer in the choir, a hang-out-with-my-boyfriend-until-mom-and-dad-forced-me-home kind of person. But in my heart, I was a writer. This is why I tell people all the time, “I was always a writer. I just always hated English.”
Because I was a closet writer, I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of, no one to tell me when I stank, no one to teach me how to craft a really great story. My teachers were the millions of books I read (not in a closet—but hidden away when my friends were around). And I WISHED I could have had someone to talk to about my hidden obsession.
If this sounds like you... Then I’m happy to say there is a solution.
The Teen Author Boot Camp, founded by the Utah-based group Writers Cubed and sponsored by Utah Valley University is one of only a few writing conferences nationwide geared solely for teenagers who have a love for the written word. For the first time ever, Writers Cubed is offering the conference to anyone who wants to attend through Live Stream.
Interested? Here are the deets!
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
From: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST)
Where: Worldwide via the internet
Who: Teens, teachers, librarians, book lovers
Cost: $4.99 for the Live Broadcast; $9.99 for the All Pass
The keynote address by Newbery Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:
- 9:00 - 9:15 a.m.: Writers Cubed: Welcome
- 9:15 - 9:55 a.m.: Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)
- 10:00 - 10:45 a.m.: Tyler Whitesides (Janitors)
Class: Imagine and Create.
- 10:55 - 11:40 a.m.: Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother)
Class: Bad dialogue can kill a story.
- 12:50 - 1:35 p.m.: NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) Class: Plot Like a Villain.
- 1:45 - 2:30 p.m.: J. Scott Savage (Farworld)
Class: Finding Your Voice.
- 2:50 - 3:25 p.m.: Journey to Publication Panel
Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett
- 3:35 - 4:20 p.m.: NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings)
Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.
- 4:30 - 4:45 p.m.:
Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and closing remarks.
If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest of the conference (including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine--haha). That only costs $9.99 and, as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can watch the whole conference whenever you want for an entire year.
To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and click on Livestream. It only takes a minute. While you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be teaching at the conference under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”
Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for FREE on WORD for Teens!
Margie Jordan is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists who created the Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. In her spare time, like when she isn’t writing, she is a Literacy specialist for her local school district. Please visit her website at Writers Cubed.
Okay, WORDites! I know you're as interested in this as I am. (I mean, come on, it sounds awesome. Look at that author lineup!)
Here's the deal: one winner will receive a free subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast; if the winner decides they would like to upgrade to the All-Pass subscription, then they will receive a $5 off coupon to the cost of an all-pass!
 TABC Live Broadcast pass
 winner, international
ends March 11
How to Win:
[mandatory] fill out the form below
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