Are you teenager? Do you LOVE writing? I mean, almost as much as hanging with friends or eating tonsof junk food? (which you should always do when you are young, because I’m telling you, once you turn
thirty, it sticks to the hips).
The Teen Author Boot Camp could possibly be the most amazing writing conference ever. What makesit on beyond extraordinary is that it is a “no adults allowed,” “be as geeky as you wanna be,” “learn a
whole stinking lot about writing in one day” conference geared exclusively to teenagers. Seriously, no
one younger than thirteen or over the age of nineteen can make it through the doors.
For the first time ever, the founder of this conference, Writers Cubed, an amazing writing group basedin Utah, is opening the conference to anyone who wants to attend. Of course, it won’t be the same as
standing in the same room with New York Times Bestselling authors Shannon Hale or Kiersten White
and drinking as much free soda as your stomach will allow before it explodes, but it comes in a darn
With classes ranging from ‘Plotting like a villain’ to “Writing Dialogue that Pops” to a screenplay classtaught by the guy who actually designed the first iron man costume, there is something for everyone.
Not truly convinced yet? What if I told you that attending online is less than five bucks?
Seriously! I’m not kidding!
Interested in attending? Here are the Deets!
When: Saturday, March 16, 2013From: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (MST)
Where: Worldwide via the internet
Who: Teens, teachers, librarians, book lovers
Cost: $4.99 for the Live Broadcast; $9.99 for the All Pass
The keynote address by Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. A subscription to the entire LiveBroadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following: (Remember these are all Mountain Standard Times, so
adjust to where you live.)
9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome
9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)
10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (Janitors) Class: Imagine and Create.
10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother) Class: Bad dialogue can kill a story.
12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) Class: Plot Like a Villain.
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (Farworld) Class: Finding Your Voice.
2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel: Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, TessHilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett
3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings) Class: World-building is the invisiblefoundation to your book.
4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Closing remarks.
If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest of the conference(including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine--haha). That only costs $9.99 and,
as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can watch the whole conference whenever you want for
an entire year.
To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and clickon Livestream. It only takes a minute. While you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be
teaching at the conference under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”
Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for FREE on this blog.
Margie Jordan is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists who createdthe Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. In her spare time, like when she isn’t writing, she is a Literacy
specialist for her local school district. Please visit her website at www.writerscubed.com.