Writing Conferences: Overall Tips

Now that you've hear all of the wonderful, wonderful pitching tips Maddy had, I'm wrapping up this series with some overall tips! Check out part 1, Logistics of Pitching, here and part 2, Writing Your Pitch, here and part 3, Pitch Templates, here and part 4, Pitch Practice, here and part 5, Pitching!, here. OVERALL … Continue reading Writing Conferences: Overall Tips


Writing Conferences: Pitch Practice

Up today, part 4 of the Writing Conferences series, brought to you by my wonderful guest blogger, Maddy! Check out part 1, Logistics of Pitching, here and part 2, Writing Your Pitch, here and part 3, Pitch Templates, here. PRACTICE Now that you have a polished pitch (hopefully three), it’s time to grab a willing … Continue reading Writing Conferences: Pitch Practice

Chicago Reads: Anderson’s YA Literature Conference

If any of you need any writing motivation, here’s my blog post from ChiYA about the Anderson’s Bookshop YA conference. It’s chock-full of wisdom, jokes, and inspiration from some of the best YA writers out there! Happy writing, everyone!


I was lucky enough to attend Anderson’s Bookshop’s YA Literature Conference last month in Naperville, Illinois. And I am so happy that I got to go with my ChiYA sisters, Ronni and Samira!


The lineup of authors was fantastic (keynotes in bold): Frank Beddor, Anne Greenwood Brown, Kym Brunner, Julie Buxbaum, Sharon Cameron, Traci Chee, C. Desir, Paula Garner, Kathleen Glasgow, Goeff Herbach, Ellen Hopkins, Miranda Kenneally, Brendan Kiely, Sarah Darer Littman, Chris Lynch, Adriana Mather, Anna Michels, Susan Moger, Jennifer Niven, Kenneth Oppel, Joy Preble, Adam Selzer, Adam Silvera, Sherri L. Smith, Jordan Sonnenblick, Ann Stampler, Laura Stampler, Aaron Starmer, Paula Stokes, Krystal Sutherland, Kara Thomas, Maggie Thrash, and Jeff Zentner.

On Saturday, the conference consisted of panels and keynotes. The panels were:

  • Get Real
  • Guys Write YA!
  • Love Contemporary Style
  • Mystery! Thriller! Suspense!
  • Navigating the Issues—Yesterday & Today
  • Sci-fi, Fantasy, & Witches…

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I'm honored to be a Speaker at WriteOnCon 2017, the interactive online writer's conference to take place Thursday February 2-Saturday, February 4. The only writer's conference you can attend in your pajamas (well, without any repercussion). The conference is for writers and illustrators of PB, MG, YA, and NA. There will be blog posts, vlogs, … Continue reading WriteOnCon