11 March, 2013

Blog Tour: Teen Author Boot Camp (+ Giveaway Of An Online Conference Pass)

Hello, blogosphere! This is somewhat of a different post from what I normally blog about. While I know there's a good chance you, dear reader, are an adult and not a teen, I was contacted by the Teen Author Boot Camp and asked if I'd be willing to do some promotion for them.

Since I'm a young adult myself and thought TABC sounded like a really cool event, I thought I'd jump onboard and spread the word. The TABC was also kind enough to offer to giveaway a pass to their live online broadcast (or $5 off the normally-$10 All-Pass, which gives you access to more than just the live broadcast) whose keynote speaker is Shannon Hale.

The Rafflecopter giveaway is below, after this guest post by writer Margie Jordan, of Writers Cubed.


There is a famous line from a movie that says, “I was always a band geek. I just never joined the band.” I could relate. When I was in high school I was a president of the dance team, a singer in the choir, a hang-out-with-my-boyfriend-until-mom-and-dad-forced-me-home kind of person. But in my heart, I was a writer. This is why I tell people all the time, “I was always a writer. I just always hated English.”

Because I was a closet writer, I didn’t have anyone to bounce ideas off of, no one to tell me when I stank, no one to teach me how to craft a really great story. My teachers were the millions of books I read (not in a closet—but hidden away when my friends were around).  And I WISHED I could have had someone to talk to about my hidden obsession.

If this sounds like you…. Then I’m happy to say there is a solution.

The Teen Author Boot Camp, founded by the Utah-based group Writers Cubed and sponsored by Utah Valley University is one of only a few writing conferences nationwide geared solely for teenagers who have a love for the written word.  For the first time ever, Writers Cubed is offering the conference to anyone who wants to attend through Live Stream.

Interested? Here are the deets!

When: Saturday, March 16, 2013
From: 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 Newbery Honor Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:
9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome
9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Honor 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, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett
3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings)   Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.
4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and 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 click on 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 created
the 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.


And here's the giveaway:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

-----The Golden Eagle


Nick Wilford said...

That sounds like a great conference! As a teen I didn't really put myself out there as a writer, I hope it gives encouragement.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

All online! Very cool.

Old Kitty said...

What a great way to get these writerly teens out of the writerly closet! Yay!! Take care

L. Diane Wolfe said...

What a wonderful idea.

C. Lee McKenzie said...

Great idea, indeed. I see why you jumped on it.

Deniz Bevan said...

What a great idea! I would have loved something like this as a teen!

Nicki Elson said...

I heard about this somewhere else too - it's a brilliant idea! y'know I feel the same way about my high school years - I was a pom-pom girl, spent weekends w/ my boyfriend watching MTV when I really would've rather been writing...probably via Dungeons & Dragons at the time...but alas...

You've figured it out much earlier than I did though. Have fun at the camp!

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a great idea, when I look back I can see a bit of writer there, but still hadn't much of a clue until I started my lair.

Charles Gramlich said...

Wish there'd been something like this around when I was a teenager!

Trisha F said...

I loved English in high school - it was my favourite apart from Art.

Carol Kilgore said...

Sounds like a great deal. Good for you for passing on the information :)

Donna Hole said...

This is awesome Goldy. Many adult authors have children who are aspiring authors too, and teachers can also pass along this to their students. This is a good forum for the info.


Rachna Chhabria said...

Sounds like a super idea.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Sounds pretty sweet :)

mshatch said...

I wrote as a teen but I was lucky enough to have a very encouraging ninth grade teacher, Mr. Wallace. He was awesome :)

Summer Ross said...

Awesome thing for teens who are into writing! Thank you for sharing this.

DWei said...

I'm not a teen anymore so I can't really jump onto this. :P

....Petty Witter said...

Wow, an on-line conference, such a wonderful idea and perfect for those who don't usually get to attend such things which tend to happen in major cities and be very expensive to attend.

The Golden Eagle said...

Nick: Me, too. :)

Alex: There are a lot of cool things online these days.

Old Kitty: I agree!

Diane: Yup.

Lee: Hopefully some other young writers will come across this post as well.

Deniz: Well, you can still check out the conference now. :)

Nicki: Thank you!

Pat: You seem to have found your calling, oh king of rhymes.

Charles: I guess I'm lucky. There are a lot of resources on the web these days.

Trisha: Cool! :)

Carol: Thanks. I'm hoping someone will actually enter the giveaway, though. :P

Donna: I'm happy to help!

Rachna: Agreed.

Jamie: :)

Mshatch: It must have been helpful to have a good teacher!

Summer: You're welcome.

DWei: You can still sign up (or enter the giveaway) if you want to. As Margie mentioned in her guest post, it's not only teens.

Petty Witter: Indeed!