Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Teen Writers Conference & How Awesome I'm Going to Be

Hey! Hey! Read this! Seriously! No clicking 'next' I TOTALLY mean it!

I forgot to tell you about the Teen Writers Conference happening at Weber State ... um ... College? University? Empire of Higher Education? (they've all changed their names eleventy billion times since I moved 22 years ago, and yes I could Google it, but I don't have time to do anything that bores me today) in Ogden, Utah.

That's right, Utah County-ites. Cleeeeear up in Ogden. I told my writing partner, Jana Parkin, that her daughter would have to drive from Provo to Ogden, and she said-- I'm not making this up --"I'll have her stay overnight at her grandma's house in Salt Lake."

Yep, those Parkins are quite the pioneers. Hon.Est.Ly.

Anyway, there will be some awesome speakers including (she said modestly) ME!

This is me at another conference. I think I'm saying,
"Putting his hands like this helped Napoleon get Pedro elected class president.
It will make you a success, too."

I'll be speaking on writing post-apocalyptic dystopian pop-up books, the idea being you really should start kids early on that bleak outlook on the future of humanity.  These books are geared toward pre-readers, although no worries--with pop-up books those zombie vampire werewolves literally LEAP off the page.

Ha! I kid. Which is, in fact, what I'm really speaking on. Writing essays and humor. These are not your History teacher's essays, as I found out in Mr. Madsen's AP History class the time I got a big fat ZERO on my groundbreaking masterpiece, "If You're Not a Puritan, You're Just Not Doing It Right."

Anyway, here's the link.  And the thing you MUST know is that besides the likelihood that I will include some form of interpretive dance in my class, THE DEADLINE FOR POSTMARKED REGISTRATIONS IS THIS FRIDAY, JUNE 15, 2012!!

(Which, by the way, is just two days before my birthday. So you've got a lot to do in the next week, gang!)

See your ba-RILLIANT kids at Weber!

And Parkin kid 2, please remember that you can only pack 17 pounds of personal items on your handcart.


Becca said...

In an ironic twist of fate, the Wilhites are going to be postmodern pioneers that day. With every ounce of our 17 pounds of personal provisions on the cart.

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Kazzy said...

Sounds like a grand event. Make sure you use your powers for good while you are doing all of that influencing! :)

Christine Macdonald said...

Gemini Goddess!!!

So excited for you - and know you'll kick ass.

Can't wait to hear all about it.

Miss you!


The Damsel In Dis Dress said...

Super cool! Two of my students from my little teen writing class I teach are going. Be nice to them. You'll know them...they'll be the brilliant, talented ones. :)

The Damsel In Dis Dress @ www.mynewoldschool.com

Baltzers said...

We come to Utah every summer for a few weeks. Next year I will definitely check in with you to see if you are workshopping (it's not a word, I know, but I enjoy my non-word words). D would love seeing you. He misses your chats during lessons.