2017 Authors & Workshops
Literary sleuth, world creator and cosplay madman Frank Beddor dared to expose the true story of Wonderland in the New York Times–bestselling young adult trilogy The Looking Glass Wars. To satisfy the awakened curiosity of his readers he continued to tell the story of Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan’s adventures during his search for the lost princess, in the Eisner-nominated graphic novel series Hatter M. The Looking Glass Wars won the Benjamin Franklin Award for best YA audiobook in 2007. Frank’s latest investigation into his alternate Wonderland is his new book, Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the H.A.T.B.O.X., following thirteen year-old cadet Hatter Madigan and his fellow cadets on their adventures at the Millinery Academy. Frank lives and cosplays in Los Angeles where he is now developing the Broadway musical of The Looking Glass Wars.es in Los Angeles.
The Social Media Story Telling Revolution
Famed author Frank Beddor is putting together a revolutionary way to deliver his story telling talents to today’s digitally obsessed teenagers. Knowing his audience no longer prefers to consume media through traditional methods, like books, he is adapting to meet their preferences.
Hatter Madigan: Ghost in the Hatbox (MS)
Looking Glass Wars: Crossfire (MS/HS)
Ally Condie doesn't know how to whistle or snap her fingers properly. She loves Michael Phelps and wishes he were her brother. Her real brother is a foot and a half taller than she is and likes to hold things over her head (literally) so she can't reach them. She loves running and traveling and is kind of bad at both because she's injured and hates airplanes. One time author Brendan Reichs laughed at her when she fell on her face walking on an ice-covered sidewalk in Vermont, but she didn't even care because she held on to her lunch leftovers and saved their lives and ate them later.
My workshop is about the elements of story and how to put them together using the things you love anyway--like sports, music, art, etc. Write what you know AND what you love!
Lorie Ann Grover
When Lorie Ann Grover grew to six feet tall, everyone knew male dancers in the ballet company would have a hard time lifting her off the floor. Instead of plies and pirouettes, she now Repulses the Monkey, becomes the White Tiger Who Plays With Tail and stands as the Immortal Fairy Who Points the Way when she practices weapons tai chi. In her Doc Martens. Sitting down to write novels and board books, she commiserates with teens and laughs with babies. And vice versa.
Hit with Gratitude: From Fact to Fiction
When trials hit, how do we run in triumph? When we have a blind spot for blessings, how do we embrace gratitude? Novelist Lorie Ann Grover leads those interested in writing stories arising from their own life experiences. With young adult novels springing from her own history, she'll guide workshop attendees in capturing their memories, then assist them in turning their writing into fiction, and finally experiment with the verse format.
Jennifer Longo lacks something super important for most fiction authors - a great imagination. Or any imagination. At all. Luckily, she's getting really good at slightly modifying the events of her own life and those of the people in it just enough so that her novels are often described as "completely unrealistic" - because they are mostly true. This makes going home for Thanksgiving with the people whose lives she's used for material kind of awkward but honestly, when she remembers to change people's names it works out pretty well. Except for when her dad was all, "What?! I'm totally not a communist!" and Jen was like, "No, Fred, you are not - but Wade is." Also, that dad character is most readers' favorite - so everyone wins!
Finding Fiction in The Fascinating Truth of Your Life
The best inspiration for amazing stories is often in the places, people, and events in your own, every day life. Just don't forget to change the names.
Six Feet Over It (MS/HS)
Up To This Pointe (MS/HS)
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of 24 novels including the series: THE IMMORTALS, RILEY BLOOM, SOUL SEEKERS, and BEAUTIFUL IDOLS.
Alyson’s books are often inspired from her own life experiences, and she’s undergone past-life hypnosis, a shamanic journey to the Lowerworld, and enrolled in psychic development classes all in the name of research.
When she’s not writing, she’s usually reading, traveling the world, catching up on her favorite TV shows on her DVR, or contemplating a new haircut. She lives in Southern California with her husband, where she is currently working on her next book. Learn more about Alyson and her books at: www.alysonnoel.com
Follow her on Twitter: @AlysonNoel
How To Write a Book
An interactive workshop with lots of Q&A-- in this session Alyson will share the story of how she wrote her first novel and the 25 that followed.
Five Days of Famous (MG)
My husband builds robots and I love cats, so now I live in a house with two cats and four robots and they fight all the time. So far the cats are winning.
To be announced
Black Widow: Red Vengeance (MS/HS)
Ally Carter writes about spies, thieves, and teenagers who are always trying to save the world. She grew up on a farm in Oklahoma and knows more about cows than maybe any YA author in the world.
Plot a Movie, Write a Book
There are some things that all good stories have in common. We'll use examples from popular movies to help you understand your story and get a first draft on paper.
The Gallagher Girls Series (YA)
Embassy Row Series (YA)
Ann Dee Ellis
Ann Dee Ellis was born in Provo, Utah. She has eight older brothers and sisters who made her get them ice water every ten minutes and scratch their backs for a nickel an hour. In fifth grade she entered a writing contest and lost. She also had a boyfriend named Ryan*. He didn’t know he was her boyfriend and he liked a girl named Lori and they started “going together.” This was sad. In junior high, Ann Dee had another boyfriend named Luke*. Like Ryan, he also didn’t know he was her boyfriend. They were together all the way through high school. When he finally found out about the relationship, they broke up. Besides having a steady boyfriend who didn’t know he was her boyfriend, Ann Dee played soccer and basketball. After high school, Ann Dee went to Brigham Young University where she studied English and had several other fake boyfriends. She also went to graduate school and decided she wanted to be a writer. After a long time, Ann Dee met a boy named Cameron. He can break dance. He was her first boyfriend who knew he was her boyfriend and didn’t break up with her. It was true love. And so they were married. She now has five children. She also occasionally teaches writing classes and she's scared of seaweed and very large dogs. Her first book is called This is What I Did: and it’s about a boy. Her second book is called Everything Is Fine and it’s about a girl. Her third book is called The End or Something Like That and it’s about life and death and her fourth book coming on Summer of 2017 is about a girl named Olivia who loves tuna fish and Dorito sandwiches.
*Names have not been changed.
How the worst moments of your life can become the best moments of your novel.
The End of Something Like That (YA)
Everthing Is Fine (YA)
This Is What I Did (YA)
Three important things about author Deborah Hopkinson:
1. She has a dog named after a character in the Hunger Games;
2. She uses her dogs in books, but not people she knows;
3. When she gets writer's block or needs inspiration, she takes her dogs for a walk. (Yes, she will share pictures of dogs in her workshops.)
Imagining Past Lives: Titanic Writing Workshop
What was it really like to be on board the Titanic? What was it like to lose a loved one -- and then have to break the news to family far away? Join author Deborah Hopkinson for this writing workshop where we imagine what it would be like to be on board the ship everyone called "unsinkable." Whether students like to write fiction or nonfiction, this exercise in putting yourself in someone else's shoes will help young authors hone key writing skills.
The Great Trouble (MS)
Titanic: Voices from the Disaster (MS/HS)
A Bandit's Tale (MS)
Courage & Defiance (MS/HS)
Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned--among other things--that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She's studied art, screenwriting, and film production, but realized her real passion was writing stories for children. She's the NYT and USA Today bestselling author of the middle grade series, KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES, and the SKY FALL series for young adults. Her books have been featured on multiple state reading lists, published in numerous countries, and translated into many different languages. She lives in Southern California with her husband and an embarrassing number of cats. Find her online at shannonmessenger.com.
World Domination: How to breathe life into a world of your own creation!
Whether you write Sci-Fi, Fantasy, or Contemporary, your story has a world. And the more vibrant that world is, the richer your story will be. But how do you start? And where do you find ideas? And how do you write it without falling into the trap of "info dump"? This workshop will give you some handy tricks to make an ordinary setting feel extraordinary.
The Keeper of the Lost Cities (MG/YA)
Suzanne Young is the New York Times bestselling author of The Program series. Originally from Utica, New York, Suzanne moved to Arizona to pursue her dream of not freezing to death. She is a novelist and an English teacher, but not always in that order. Suzanne is the author of THE PROGRAM, THE TREATMENT, THE REMEDY, THE EPIDEMIC, THE ADJUSTMENT and ALL IN PIECES.
The Program series (HS)
All in Pieces (HS)
Allen Zadoff is the author of the THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN series, a page-turning thriller about a teenage assassin that has been optioned for film by Sony Pictures. Kirkus Reviews called I AM THE WEAPON "fast, furious, and fun." Allen, on the other hand, is "slow, irritable, and mildly entertaining at parties". You can visit him on the web at www.allenzadoff.com.
Action, Suspense, and Thrills!
How to create great stories using the techniques of thriller writers.
I AM THE WEAPON-THE UNKNOWN ASSASSIN #1 (HS)
When Soman was ten years-old, he randomly predicted a fire in his uncle's house and ever since then, his parents have been a little scared of him. When he is not predicting house fires, Soman enjoys playing tennis -- a sport he thought he would play professionally until all the other boys got bigger than him. Now he has a complex about being skinny and works out too much. If you meet him, ask him about his secret TWILIGHT obsession because he's afraid to talk about it in public.
The Dark Side of Fantasy
Have a taste for darkness, wickedness, and lust in your magic? Do you secretly root for the Voldemort and Darth Vaders to win at the end of their stories? Then this is the workshop for you -- an exploration of how to break free of hero/villain conventions, embrace the deepest darkness within your characters, and ultimately find a new balance of Good and Evil.
The School for Good and Evil (MS/HS)
- Elizabeth Eulberg grew up the youngest of four kids. She spent a lot of her childhood making up stories in her head to keep her company. Now she gets to do that for a living. She can play the piano, guitar, clarinet and drums...just not all at the same time. She loves music as much as she loves reading and will often break into song. You've been warned.
Important aspects of character development and developing plot/outlining.
The Great Shelby Holmes (MG)
Just Another Girl (YA) - Released 3/27
I'm a twin. I love green and red gummi bears. Before becoming a writer, I worked as a structural engineer designing bridges.
Finding Your Voice
This workshop is designed to help you find your unique voice. We'll use some fun written exercises to cover topics including point of view, tense, style and word choice.
The Great Greene Heist (MG)
To Catch a Cheat (MG)
Spirit Animals The Return (MG)
Things the world needs more of, according to Jennifer A. Nielsen: Peace, Naps, Mtn Dew, Books. Things the world needs less of: Spiders. Avoiding nasty tropical spiders is pretty much the reason she lives in Northern Utah. Oh, also, that's where her husband and three kids are. That's important too.
"The Unputdownable Page"
Maybe "unputdownable" isn't a word, but it sure sounds like something that should describe your story, right? Let's talk about some of the elements that will keep your readers awake all night, eagerly turning the pages of your story!
The Scourge (YA)
Mark of the Thief (YA)
A Night Divided (YA)
I am very uncomfortable around cakes, clowns, and people who start singing without any warning. Like, don't do that. I laughed my head off when Ally Condie slipped on ice in Vermont and landed in a pile of her leftover crepes. Last year for an MFA costume party I dressed as Boba Fett and carried a hairdryer as a weapon. I cried when I was rejected for The Amazing Race. I have over a hundred episodes of Mystery Science Theater 3000 on VHS and still watch them on a VCR.
What Not To Do
A very practical workshop on the "Don'ts" to avoid when writing a first novel.
Sarah Rees Brennan
I grew up in Ireland and the first thing my schoolteachers taught me to say in Irish was 'Can I go to the bathroom?' I'll tell you how to say it, if you like! I fear seaweed and I only like books which have some humor in them--if the characters never laugh, I don't care if they cry.
How to find inspiration in everyday life
This workshop will walk students through the process of writing Sarah's own novels. Included in the workshop - a very interactive session with a lot of Q&A to answer the audience's concerns and interests.
Tell the Wind and Fire (HS)