Young Authors Conference

See what a local educator has to say about SBC’s Virtual Young Authors Conference:
“Geoff Herbach’s and Marie Olofsdotter’s videos were exceptional and so appropriate for these young–yet often experienced writers.

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Young Authors Conference (lovingly, YAC) was a one-day field trip that took place at the Bethel University main campus in March and May. Students attended a keynote address and interactive writing sessions led by local authors and writing professionals.

This year (2020-2021), the Young Authors Conference is going online! From October to May, Virtual YAC will feature unique content each month, including:

  • A mix of 3 live/recorded sessions led by professional writers. Live sessions will be recorded and posted.;
  • Q&A with local writers that is topic-specific (for example, developing characters, sports writing, dialogue, the writing life);
  • Weekly blog featuring videos created by members of the Minnesota writing community sharing their creative writing passions, tips and tricks, and highlighting new and bestselling YA and children titles;
  • Teacher/Parent Resource – Virtual Book Club with Desdamona, YAC’s open mic emcee, Spoken Word Artist and performer; and
  • Space for SBC to feature the work of our young writers (online writing gallery curated by SBC).

Watch Below!

Young Authors Conference author, Geoff Herbach, introduces Virtual YAC and shares a great story related to our theme, Words Have Power.

To learn more about the Virtual Young Authors Conference Subscription, including cost, session topics, and registration information, click below.

2020-2021 Theme: Words Have Power

Words and stories hold tremendous power: they spark imagination, inspire confidence, help heal, honor family, show gratitude, demonstrate kindness, and share truth.

With the Young Authors Conference, students…

Are challenged and encouraged to be better writers.

Leave with new strategies, ideas, and skills to become a better writer.

Learn that strong writing skills are important in life.


For more information about how your students can participate or if you are interested in presenting, contact Colleen Feller at 612-638-1511.

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