Junior Authors Writers Conference
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Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sandman Signature Hotel & Resort
Richmond, BC, Canada
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
$79 Early Bird – Register before June 30th, 2013
$89 Regular Registration after June 30th
Sibling discount – Your first child pays full price. Get a $10 discount off the early bird or regular price for each additional child.
- 6 Interactive workshops (Please see our line up of wonderful speakers below)
- Personalized certificate of participation
- Goody bag
- Entry in door prizes with chances to win Laura’s new book for young writers which is launching the same day
- Pastries, hot drinks (coffee, tea, hot chocolate) and assorted juices in the morning
- Delicious catered lunch with salad, assorted sandwiches, fresh fruit, dessert squares, and beverages
- Parent workshop and Q&A session with Laura from 4:45 – 5:15 on how to support and encourage your young writer (included in the registration fee)
- A chance to be part of the exciting 2013 Junior Authors Contest awards presentation
- Be part of the launch party for Laura’s new book Polly Wants to be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published
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About the Organizer
Laura is a professional writer with 20 years experience. She has been mentoring young writers in workshops, camps and courses since 2007. She has worked equally with homeschoolers and students in public and private schools, including those in gifted programs. Some of her students have gone on to have stories and poetry published in prestigious magazines like Stone Soup. She is also a mother with two young children and a professional children’s storyteller, who was storyteller in residence at Science World, Vancouver for 2012. Laura also has experience working with writers with special needs, including autism spectrum and ADHD. More recently Laura formed a communications company through which she has the privilege of mentoring and hiring young writers to work as freelance copywriters and ghost-writers.
About the Conference
The Junior Authors Conference is specially designed to recognize, affirm, inspire, and delight young writers ages 9 through 21. The workshops will be kept short. There will be lots of breaks, good food and opportunities to meet other young writers and some industry professionals. The workshops are interactive and fun. All presenters have experience working with children and youth and will deliver workshops that are appropriate for this age group. Please note that seating at the conference is limited.
Specially designed for young writers
Meet other young writers and industry professionals
Fast-paced with lots of breaks
Great location on Highway 99 with free parking, easy drop off and pick up
Open to ages 9 – 21 only
Be part of the 2013 Junior Authors Contest Awards Ceremony
Be part of the launch party for Laura’s new book Polly Wants to be a Writer: The Junior Authors Guide to Writing and Getting Published
NOTE: Students with special needs may bring a support person with them at no additional charge. Complimentary meals included for support persons.
Our Fabulous Speakers
9:30 – 10:15 am
What She Said: Writing Effective Dialogue
with Michelle Barker, Author & Editor
What your characters say and how they say it can go a long way towards advancing your story, so can showing (rather than telling) the reader who your characters are. In this workshop Michelle will share examples of both good and bad dialogue, and then lets the participants practice writing some of their own.
Michelle Barker (www.michellebarker.ca) was born in Vancouver, BC. She received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of BC and went on to work as an editor and researcher before turning to writing full time. She has published short fiction, non-fiction and poetry in literary reviews, magazines and newspapers. In 2002, she won a gold National Magazine Award in personal journalism. Her chapbook, Old Growth, Clear-Cut: Poems of Haida Gwaii, was published by Leaf Press in 2012. Also in the same year, a mini-chapbook called Glimpsing the Stars came out with “The Centrifugal Eye.” Her poetry appeared in The Best Canadian Poetry in English (2011). Her first novel, The Beggar King is a young adult fantasy and has just been published by Thistledown Press.
10:30 – 11:15 am
How to Write a Great Article and Get it Published
with Deneka Michaud, Journalist & Communications Professional
Have you ever had an awesome story idea that you want to write for your local newspaper, magazine or online publication but you just aren’t sure how to go about it? Deneka will cover the main components of a news article, including a strong lead, the inverted pyramid structure and article citation. Participants will also practice creating news hooks in order to successfully pitch their story ideas, as well as discuss ways to navigate the system to ensure your idea gets to the right person.
Deneka Michaud is an experienced journalist and communicator. For her undergraduate degree she studied at Carleton University in Ottawa where she received a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) with a minor in political science. Following graduation she worked as a journalist for seven years, both in print and broadcast news. Deneka has had hundreds of articles published and more than a 1,000 television stories aired. In 2011, she made the switch from journalism to communications where her writing has shifted from articles to press releases, speeches, letters, employee communication items, and the like. She recently completed her Graduate Certificate in Professional Communication Management from Royal Roads University in Victoria.
11:30 – 12:15 pm
A Story to Learn, Tell & Share
with Lois Peterson, Author & Storyteller
Long before there was TV, books, newspapers, the Internet, movies, and comics, there were stories. Often told around a campfire as a way to lean more about the world, share information and wonder about the unknown. In this highly interactive workshop, participants will hear a told creation story, discover and discuss what elements help bring a story to life in the listener’s imagination as they learn about the basic elements of a good story.
Lois Peterson (www.loispeterson.blog.com) has published seven novels for children and youth with Orca Books in Victoria, BC, along with a popular handbook called 101-and more-Writing Exercises to Get You Started and Keep You Going. Her books have been nominated for awards in BC, Ontario and Saskatchewan are are included on many recommended reading lists. Lois works closely with teachers, librarians and community leaders to create presentations that help participants improve their writing skills.
1:30 – 2:15 pm
Writing More Than You See
with Darlene Foster, Author
This workshop is about setting and how pictures can be used to write a scene. The importance of using more than the sense of sight to describe setting will be explored. Participants will practice descriptive writing by observing a picture of a place and describing it using more than one sense. This will be a fun, interactive workshop with an opportunity to share writing with other participants and learn from each other.
Darlene Foster (www.darlenefoster.ca) is a writer of children’s stories, an employment counsellor, an ESL tutor, a wife, mother and grandmother. She loves travel, reading, shoes, cooking, sewing, music, chocolate, walking on the beach and making new friends. Her grandson calls her “super-mega-woman-supreme.” Darlene has always had a desire to write and has won awards for her short stories, one of which has been included in an anthology, Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada. She has published three books for middle-grade readers, Amanda in Arabia – The Perfume Flask and Amanda in Spain – The Girl in The Painting and Amanda in England – The Missing Novel, recently released. She believes everyone is capable of making their dreams come true!
2:30 – 3:15 pm
Move Your Body, Clear the Cobwebs, Become Inspired
with Jes von Henzke, (Laura’s Favourite) Yoga Instructor
This workshop will allow you to refocus on your project, simply by moving and breathing! After sitting for a long period of time, the mind becomes blurry and the body gets stiff. Getting up and moving in all ranges of motion, along with deep breathing, will help you revive your creativity and get your head back into the game of writing brilliantly! We will explore the power you possess to reignite the flame of inspiration for all of your writing projects.
Jes von Henzke (www.sadayayoga.com) explores her creativity through movement, breath, laughter, and connecting to nature. She has been teaching yoga to people of all ages and shapes since 2009 and believes that yoga can heal the mind, body, and soul, one baby step at a time.
3:30 – 4:15 pm
If You Were the Publisher
George Opacic, President Federation of BC Writers, Author, Publisher
The workshop will touch on important aspects of digital publishing, self-publishing, and main-stream publishing, focusing on their different expectations of an author. A publisher’s understanding of the elements of professionalism are discussed so that participants will better understand the difference between yourself and writing for a large audience.
George Opacic is President of the Federation of BC Writers (www.bcwriters.ca). During his writing career he has co-founded a magazine for builders of private aircraft and written numerous short stories and 12 film scripts. He is also a professional ghost-writer. His current project is an ambitious novel called The Antichrist of Stanley Park, which takes place in Nunavut and Vancouver.
For more information, please contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
Before September 19th – Refund less a 35% administration fee
After September 19th – No refunds