Conference Updates & KidLit News, April 18

Spread the word! Summer writing workshops for teens are taking applications and registrations now! There are many great opportunities for serious young writers for residential workshops and day camps. Scroll down to see the new events listed this week, then hop over to the Young Writers Workshops page for more.

Here’s what’s new this week:

Local Events

Here’s what’s going on around the Greater Houston Area this week. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebar!

For Readers

APRIL 18, TUESDAY, 5:00 PM: MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX, MG AUTHORIN OVER THEIR HEADS Margaret Peterson Haddix

Blue Willow Bookshop 

Margaret Peterson Haddix will discuss and sign her novel for children, IN OVER THEIR HEADS. Nick and Eryn must figure out a way to save the world without sacrificing their newly discovered family in this follow-up to Under Their Skin. In Under Their Skin, twins Nick and Eryn successfully met their new stepsiblings, Ava and Jackson. But in doing so, the twins found themselves on a mission to discover how to prevent humanity from facing certain doom. Now, their two families are joined together to save not only themselves, but everyone–human and robotic. Can they figure out how before it’s too late?

APRIL 19, WEDNESDAY, 7:00 PM BECKY ALBERTALLI, KATIE COTUGNO AND SARA ZARR, YA AUTHORS

Blue Willow Bookshop FIREWORKS

Becky Albertalli, Katie Cotugno and Sara Zarr will visit Blue Willow to talk about their new books for teens.

Katie Cotugno: FIREWORKS It was always meant to be Olivia. She’s the talented one, the one who’s been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, is the levelheaded one, always on the sidelines, cheering Olivia on. But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED by Becky Albertalliconstant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift…and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Becky Albertalli: THE UPSIDE OF UNREQUITED Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love. No matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful. Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness–except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. If Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back. There’s only one problem: Molly’s
coworker, Reid. He’s a chubby Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren GEM AND DIXIE by Sara ZarrFaire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?

Sara Zarr: GEM & DIXIE Gem has never known what it is to have security. She’s never known an adult she can truly rely on. But the one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table, and definitely not their father, whose intermittent presence is the only thing worse than his frequent absence. Even as Gem and Dixie have grown apart, they’ve always had each other.

When their dad returns home for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie–on their own in Seattle and beyond. But this short trip soon becomes something more, as Gem discovers that that to save herself, she may have to sever the one bond she’s tried so hard to keep.

APRIL 23, SUNDAY, 3:00 PM: INPRINT COOL BRAINS SERIES PRESENTS DIANNE K. SALERNI

THE MORRIGAN'S CURSE by Dianne K. Salerni

Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Drive, Houston
Doors open 2:15 PM
COST: FREE

Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling middle-grade author Dianne K. Salerni. Ms. Salerni will make a presentation about Book 3 in The Eighth Day series THE MORRIGAN’S CURSE. Salerni’s debut middle-grade book The Eighth Day was the first in a series about a secret day of the week tied to Arthurian legend, the war over the Eighth Day continues in Book 2, The Inquisitor’s Mark, and now in Book 3, The Morrigan’s Curse. Adventure and magic collide in the latest installment—and there’s more at stake than ever before.

For Writers

To see future events, head over to Houston Area Writer & Illustrator Events.

APRIL 18, TUESDAY, SOCIAL 6:00 PM, MEETING: 6:30 PM: JENNIFER BRAY-WEBER: CREATING APLHA MEN AND WOMEN

Kirkmont MUD Center, 10102 Blackhawk, Houston
COST: FREE

APRIL 20, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION: BRIAN BEARDEN WORKSHOP

HEB Community Room, Katy Freeway
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00

BUILD A PROFITABLE WEBSITE: After more than 17 years in the online marketing industry, Brian Bearden published an Amazon Top Selling book by the title, 52 Tips to Turn Your Website Into a Sales Machine.  At this meeting, Brian will share what we need to do to increase our profits from our business and our published books.

APRIL 22, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-NOON: CLEAR LAKE WRITERS MEETING

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Library
COST: FREE

APRIL 22, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORM: KRISTEN OLIPHANT WORKSHOP

The Woodlands/Shenandoah Lupe Tortilla
COST: ? For membership information, contact chapter president Kathrese McKee at wots.acfw@gmail.com

Kirsten Elephant presents a workshop on The Importance of (Being) Inbox: Building Your E-mail List.

Conference Updates

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Agents & Editors @ Conferences

JULY 16-21: MONTROSE CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, MONTROSE, PANew!

EDITOR: Vie Herlocker/Sonfire Media

JULY 26-29: GREATER PHILLY CHRISTIAN WRITERS CONFERENCE, PHILADELPHIA, PANew!

AGENT: Cyle Young/Hartline Literary Agency

AUGUST 3: MENDOCINO COAST WRITERS’ CONFERENCE, FORT BRAGG, CANew!

AGENT: Jessica Sinsheimer/Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency

Workshops for Young Writers

JUNE 19-22: HAMLINE YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, SAINT PAUL, MNNew!

Day Camp, Hamline University
Applications open! Deadline May 1

A Creative Writing Day Camp for ages 15-18. The Hamline Young Writers Workshop is a chance for high school students who are passionate about creative writing to explore the craft, prepare for college, connect with other young writers in the Twin Cities, and work closely with Hamline Creative Writing faculty and published authors.

JULY 16-20: MESSIAH COLLEGE’S YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, HARRISBURG, PANew!

Residential, Messiah College, or Day Camp
Applications open! Open to students entering grades 9-12 grade in Fall 2017.

*Writing courses taught by published Messiah faculty. *Readings and interaction with published writers. *Unique and practical session about how to write a college admissions essay. *Fieldtrip to the Susquehanna Art Museum for a workshop on art and creative writing and a trip to Harrisburg’s Midtown Scholar Bookstore. *Personalized attention and small class sizes limited to 15 students.

 JULY 17-21: THE JOHN CARROLL YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OHNew!

Day Camp, for students grades 8-12
Applications open! Deadline June 1

Students participate in a rigorous and inspiring program that provides an introduction to the art and craft of poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. In morning and afternoon sessions, students study with acclaimed writers, engaging in writing-intensive exercises designed to address the elements of craft: form, voice, character, image, scene, and setting. In addition, students will participate in lively workshop sessions in which they will read and discuss each other’s work with an eye toward revision. Students will also read and discuss the work of established authors, investigating the strategies they use to craft their poetry and prose.

JULY 31–AUGUST 4: COLGATE UNIVERSITY YOUNG WRITERS WORKSHOP, HAMILTON, NYNew!

Day Camp
Registration open! For students entering grades 6–12

The Young Writers’ Workshop provides a stimulating and supportive environment in which young writers experiment in poetry, fiction, and other genres of creative and imaginative expression. Young writers work closely with certified teachers and college mentors in writing groups set by grade level. Visiting professional writers from different genres each year start each day with readings of their published work, then lead the students in craft exercises. In addition to writing, students participate in a variety of afternoon recreational activities, including games, swimming, and hiking.

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