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Writing Conference for Teens and Tweens

on March 19, 2009

“The Write Time:A Writing Conference for Teens and Tweens” (Ages 13-30)

Postponed to Fall 2009.

The Write Time Teens ‘N Twenties Writers Conference (TNT) is an inaugural conference which brings together authors, agents, editors and publishers from throughout the country to share their vast knowledge with the writers who will chronicle and change the world — authors between the ages of 13 and 30. Writers conferences are one of the best possible ways for writers to connect to the publishing world. Between workshops, conversations with other authors and discussions with faculty members, writers conferences provide vital networking and social support and encouragement for the often solitary world of writing. You might meet your future editor, publisher or agent!

The conference will open with a motivating keynote address by Robert Yehling, author of The Write Time. Following the keynote, participants will head to one of four workshops that will take place in each of four 75-minute sessions. Over the course of this single day, participants will take in presentations that include the secrets of getting published, working with agents, freelance writing, novel building, universalizing personal experiences, songwriting, playwriting, using writing as leadership and service, socially conscious poetry, and crafting a writing career. Workshop facilitators will offer their lifetime of experience and share their love of writing, while providing invaluable tips and materials.

During the day, agent Verna Dreisbach will be available for private appointments with young authors who have material ready to be considered for publication. Participants and faculty are invited to the Post-Conference Meet & Greet, from 5 to 7 p.m. Authors Bob Hammel, Bob Yehling and others will sign their books, an open mic will be held, food consumed, and a Bloomington North High School jazz combo will provide live music.

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