Calgary Young Writers’ Conference

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go!

The Calgary Young Writers’ Conference is about to begin!

Dozens of kids’ book authors and illustrators will be arriving in Calgary tomorrow, so get ready to write! Sponsored by the Calgary School Board and run by a group of dedicated volunteers, this conference has been wildly successful.  In fact, it’s turning 32 this year! 1500 keen young writers devoting a full Saturday to work with professional writers and illustrators is proof that kids love books and writing.

A keynote address by Ian Wallace, one of Canada’s finest author/illustrators will start the day off. Then, morning and afternoon  sessions will follow.  Sessions range from:

Write Like a Gorilla, with Jamie Bastedo, a biologist turned storyteller from the NWT, to

Who’s Driving the Story, with the infamous and superbly funny, Marty Chan, to

Read This Or Else, by one of my favorite children’s author’s, Hazel Huchins , to

my session, How To Turn Real Stuff Into Fiction.

The  only thing I don’t like about the conference is that they keep us so busy that we never get a chance to sit in on other sessions. But that’s a pretty minor complaint, and the freshly baked strawberry shortcake with real whipping cream served at lunch time almost makes up for it!

See you soon Calgary.

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