UVU's Teen Author Boot Camp

Happy March! We are not having a traditional seminar this month. I had an original program planned for Saturday, March 16, but the presenter could not make it. I’ve been hunting around for an alternative and what I’ve come up with is going to be quite the experiment, and I hope you’ll be able to join us!

On Saturday, March 16 from 12:30pm – 3:30pm, we will be LIVE STREAMING the Utah Valley University Teen Author Boot Camp. This is a full day’s conference that would normally cost you about $500 to attend once you add in all the airfare and hotel costs. However, thanks to modern technology, you can watch select classes and panels from the conference for FREE in the Ovitt Family Community Library’s cozy meeting room. Bring snacks, bring friends, and most importantly, bring a notepad because these classes are going to offer so much information that writers of ANY genre can use! While we won’t be able to have the library room for the FULL day, you will be able to watch three of the classes. Here’s the schedule for the day:

12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – J. Scott Savage (Farworld) Class: Finding Your Voice. Agents want it. Good authors are said to have it. But what is it? This class will examine what voice is, the difference between YA, MG, and adult voice, and how to make yours stand out from the rest.

1:50 p.m. to 2:25 p.m. – Journey to Publication Panel – Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett

2:35 p.m. to 3:20 p.m. – NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings) Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book. Unlike some believe, it’s not just for fantasy. From a wholly-imagined realm to the house next door, world-building must be believable. Learn how to write it that way.

Worried that you’re just going to be watching a screen the whole time? UVU is making this an interactive event with live chats during each session. You’ll get to ask questions to the presenters as if they were really here in our meeting room.

Worried that this is just for writers of YA Fiction? Not at all! Anyone writing novels will be able to take something away from these classes. The main difference is that these classes will be presented by YA authors.

Come for one session, come for all three. This is just an experiment and a chance for all of us to learn and grow together!

As always, it’s free. If you have any questions at all, feel free to call Lovy at[masked] ext. 4117.

I know this is yet ONE more thing that we have for you to choose from this Saturday, but variety is the spice of life!

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