SBC Alum

Here at Success Beyond the Classroom, we’ve run into numerous people who have told us that they attended one of our field trips/participated in our competitions. We wanted a place to tell their stories and share the impact that our programs can have later in life!

Audrey A.

“From a young age, I always enjoyed reading and writing and tried to find activities and programs in those areas. I attended the Young Authors Conference as a middle school student after learning about the event at my school. Before that, the primary job suggested to a reading and writer lover like myself was a teacher. YAC opened my eyes to all of the other possible jobs where you can use English skills! The sessions I attended allowed me to gain first-hand knowledge about creative writing, editing, and more. That experience empowered me to explore what the path to a career in editing would look like. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I was hired at SmartBrief, a media company specializing in curated business news, where I am now a Food & Beverage Editor!”

“I remember being selected to attend the Young Authors Conference” as a young teenager. It had a big impact on my validity as an avid writer and reader. I’ll never forget meeting one of my favorite authors and hearing from her as a panel speaker. Her willingness to sign my book can be compared to the likes of getting a signature from a celebrity…especially to a teenager who was aspiring to be an author. It is one of my most prevalent school memories and when my own teenage daughter was recently selected to attend, I jumped at the chance to chaperone! In 2022, I started my next [YAC] journey as a presenter!”

Callie Trautmiller

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Abby Cooper

“My name is Abby Cooper and I am a middle grade writer – my first book, STICKS AND STONES, will be published by Macmillan this July. I don’t know if it’s too far in advance to ask, but I was wondering if you need anyone for the Young Authors Conference – I attended when I was in middle school, and now that I’m going to be a published author myself, I think it would be so cool to come back!”

“I wasn’t having much luck with job applications after college, so I decided to do some volunteering. I came across the Young Authors Conference on a volunteer website and remembered that I attended this same kind of conference in NW Minnesota. After volunteering for three days in May, I told the SBC team to let me know if they ever had a job opening. Come fall, I learned that SBC also coordinated Knowledge Bowl, which I participated in during high school, so I got to see the other side of KB. The team told me when they were hiring and I’ve LOVED every second of these last 4 years!”

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Madi Grove – SBC Team Member!

“I volunteered at the Young Author’s Conference in 2019. It was a great experience for me – seeing the kids get so excited about writing was priceless! I attended the camp as a 6th grader, and it is an experience I still treasure.”

Carly – Wells Fargo

“I want to thank you very much for supporting young authors! Many years ago, my son was so inspired by his experience at the Young Authors Conference. He is now an English professor.”

Ann – Banaadir Academy Teacher

Megan, intern from UMN starting fall 2019, attended YAC. Ask her for feedback. Got feedback from Abby Cooper who attended while in middle school – now a published author!

Megan – Former SBC Intern, Current High School English Teacher

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