Well just reached the halfway point in the tour. And let me say I have so much respect for teachers who do this 24/7. I am so exhausted after a day of assemblies. But at the same time, there is something so exhilarating about meeting so many amazing readers. The world is in good hands going forward.
I'm working on a longer blog with lots of fun details and things I've learned that I will post in the next couple of days. In the mean time, I wanted to mention an amazing conference I am taking part in this year. This is the most hand-on conference you will ever take part in. We are talking five days of hands on small group work with a dedicated instructor who is also a successful author in the genre you choose, combined with afternoon classes by some amazing teachers. Here is a blurb about it. Check out the link for more info.
Continuing its tradition of providing helpful instruction from published
authors and illustrators as well as presentations by industry professionals,
this year’s conference features a keynote address by Utah's Poet Laureate Lance
Larsen, workshops by national authors Matt Kirby, Martine Leavitt, Sharlee
Glenn, A.E. Cannon, Carol Lynch Williams, J. Scott Savage, Cheri Pray Earl,
Kris Chandler, and illustrator Steve Bjorkman. New this year: a full novel
class with Mette Ivie Harrison and day-long mini workshops covering a variety
of topics including an accredited teacher course, publication for the
discouraged writer, and screenwriting. Afternoon-only registration is also
available. This year editor Alyson Heller (Aladdin Books), agent Ammi-Joan
Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agent), and agent Steven Fraser (Jennifer
De Chiara Literary Agency) will present at the conference.
Another exciting event this year is the WIFYR Second Annual
Writing Contest and Award. The prize is $1,000 and this year, in addition, the
winning manuscript will be considered publication with Familius.
For more information, go to www.wifyr.com.