Junior Authors Writers Conference

Saturday, October 19, 2013
Sandman Signature Hotel & Resort,Richmond, B.C.
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.

Price includes…

  • 6 Interactive workshops
  • Goody bag
  • Entry in door prizes
  • 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 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

About the Organizer
Laura 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. She is also a well-respected ESL tutor in her community.

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

  • Good food

  • Great location on Highway 99 with free parking, easy drop off and pick up

  • Open to ages 9 – 21 only

  • NOTE: Students with special needs may bring a support person with them at no additional charge. Meals included at no charge for support persons.

To REGISTER or for more information, please contact Laura at laura@laurathomascommunications.com or leave a comment below.

Before September 19th – Refund less a 35% administration fee
After September 19th – No refunds

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Comments (14)

  • October 16, 2012 at 2:52 am |

    would love to be on mailing list and to get information about the vancouver fall 2013 event

    • October 16, 2012 at 1:23 pm |

      Done! Thanks for your interest! Conference date and preliminary details will be posted soon. Early bird registration will open in January when the contest opens.

      • danielle
        November 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm |

        I would like to be on the list to get in as well as some more information.

        • November 16, 2012 at 5:44 pm |

          Hi Danielle. I have added you to the update list. Thanks for your interest in the conference. And, since you are teacher, please let me know if you or someone you know might be a good presenter. I have room for 6 workshops of 45 minutes each. Email me at laura@laurathomascommunications.com.

  • satya
    October 17, 2012 at 9:34 pm |

    I was wondering what the maximum and minimum words for a short story also should I skip lines?

    • October 18, 2012 at 12:42 am |

      Hi Satya. The maximum number of words is 1,000. There is no minimum. And, if by “skip lines” you mean double space, then it’s up to you. If you would like even more information about how the judges score stories for this contest, please consider attending the online workshop with me on November 14th. It’s only 10 dollars and you will learn a lot in that time with me that will help you with this contest and much more.

  • Anna
    November 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm |

    Could you still win the contest if you don’t go to the writer’s conference?

    • November 28, 2012 at 2:47 am |

      Of course. The winners will be announced at the conference, but those who are not there will still win their prizes and hear from me right away!

  • [...] and ADHD. She is also a well-respected ESL tutor in her community.  She is currently organizing a Junior Author’s Conference in the fall of [...]

    • December 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm |

      Thank you for taking the time to interview me, Darlene. I am truly honoured.

  • December 6, 2012 at 9:30 pm |

    I did drop you a note through your contact page, but did not hear back. Are you accpeting workshop proposals for the October conference? I would like to pitch two possible presentations. Tx. LP

    • December 6, 2012 at 10:36 pm |

      Hi Lois. I sent you an email last week but I guess it did not go through. Thanks so much for contacting me. I am still making decisions about presenters for the conference. The time slot is only 45 minutes long and I will be paying an honorarium, plus lunch and promo. If that works for you please send me the following info: a bio, a blurb about your workshop, the learning objectives of your workshop, and your audio visual and photocopy needs.

  • Taylor
    January 6, 2013 at 8:22 am |

    8:30 in the morning? whew that is early XD I talked with one of my friends from where i used to live and she loves the idea :) she was even thinking about entering the 2013 writing competition. I hope she is able to make it, i think it would be an awesome way to spend time with her :)

    • January 6, 2013 at 10:05 pm |

      What a great idea, Taylor. Is 8:30 early? I just don’t know anymore. I’m usually up by 6:00 because it’s the only quiet time I have for my own writing!

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