The registration for the Writing and Illustrating For Young Readers (WIFYR) conference recently opened up, and I just have to mention it here. I’ve gone to this conference for the past two years, and the experience is amazing. I can’t wait for June to get here so I can go again!
WIFYR is a week-long conference in June and the price is phenomenal for what you get. If you sign up to be in the morning classes, you’ll be in a class with a published author and 14 other aspiring authors, and you critique each other’s first chapters. In the two years I’ve been, I’ve gotten some great feedback and ideas, and I’ve been able to network with people who love writing as much as I do.
In the afternoons, there are keynote speakers and then breakout sessions with the authors, agent, and editors who come. This year (get excited) the keynote speaker is Ally Condie, author of Matched. And let me tell you, she’s amazing. And Holly Black, author of White Cat and co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, will be there. Her morning session is sold out, but I’m sure she’ll be doing at least one breakout session in the afternoon. And agent Mary Kole is coming again this year too! She’s awesome.
Sold yet? 🙂 Seriously, I think that if you have money to spare, this conference is THE one to go to if you live in or around Utah. I’ve come out a better writer after each conference, and I get to know some great people in the process. So go check out the website linked above.
Also here are my posts from last year’s conference:
A Conference to Remember (with a video of the fun we had!)