Virtual Young Authors Conference

February 1 – March 31, 2022

Live Sessions
KaoKaliaYang

Kao Kalia Yang

The Writer’s Origin

Live session: February 9 at 4:00pm

Every writer has an origin story. The story of how you become a writer is as important as the stories you write. Join Kao Kalia Yang in a reflection of her story and how it served as a foundation for her life’s work.

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning author of books for children and adults. Her work includes: The Latehomecomer, The Song Poet, Somewhere in the Unknown World, A Map Into the World, The Most Beautiful Thing, The Shared Room, Yang Warriors, and From the Tops of the Trees.


DanielleDaniel

Danielle Daniel

Paint Pictures With Words

Live session: February 24 at 4:30pm

Good descriptive writing includes many vivid details that paint a picture and appeal to all of the reader’s senses. In this session, we will have fun discovering new ways to look at objects, places and characters.

Danielle is an actress, creative writer, teaching artist and storyteller. Her storytelling programs and workshops have been presented in Europe and the U.S. She is the author of a children’s book, The Ghost of Old Man Willie and three plays. Danielle’s workshops are fun and engaging.


TyChapman

Ty Chapman

The Courage to Tell Your Story

Live session: March 3 at 4:30pm

Together we will work on brainstorming new characters, presenting our characters with compelling challenges to overcome, and generating new stories that participants can continue to hone later.

Ty Chapman’s recent accomplishments include being named a Loft Literary Center Mirrors and Windows fellow, Mentor Series fellow, and being longlisted for Button Poetry’s 2020 Chapbook Contest. His debut picture book Sarah Rising is set to release in May 2022, through Beaming Books.

Recorded Sessions
DrArtikaTyner

Dr. Artika Tyner

Writing for Justice

In this session, Dr. Tyner will provide participants with practical tools to write for justice. She will introduce both her fiction and nonfiction books. She will model her research and writing process through interactive activities. She will also share about her books have impacted policies, systems change, and community engagement.

Dr. Artika R. Tyner (a.k.a. Miss Freedom Fighter, Esquire) is a passionate educator, an award-winning author, a civil rights attorney, a sought-after speaker, and an advocate for justice who is committed to helping children discover their leadership potential and serve as change agents in the global community. She is the founder/CEO of the Planting People, Growing Justice Leadership Institute.


HeidiGrosch

Heidi Grosch

Stop, Look, and See: Finding the Poem in Pictures

Poetry is all around us, if only we stop to look. This session will give you many ways to play with language, as well as some poetry writing recipes, so you can use your unique voice to paint what you observe with words.

Heidi Haavan Grosch spends her days empowering soon to be English teachers and loves to play with words through drama, singing, digital texts… and of course poetry! Originally from Minnesota, Heidi now lives on a Christmas tree and wild flower seed farm on a fjord in the middle of Norway.


JacquelineWest

Jacqueline West

Get a Clue: Starting Your Own Mystery

Using brainstorming and writing activities that lead us from one element to the next (just like clues in a mystery!), we’ll start creating the pieces of a mystery story–setting, sleuth, suspects, and clues–that will hook readers and keep them turning pages.

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT-bestselling series, The Books of Elsewhere; the Schneider Family Award Honor Book, The Collectors; the MG mystery, Digging Up Danger; and the YA thriller, Last Things. Her latest, the MG ghost story, Long Lost, was both an Indie Next List and JLG selection.


Naomi Kinsman

Courageous Characters

How do writers create characters that capture a reader’s heart? Why do some characters demand that we keep turning pages until we see how their stories turn out? One way is to put our characters in situations where courage is required. In this workshop, we’ll create memorable characters who face challenges with grit and creativity.

Author of the From Sadie’s Sketchbook Series, Naomi Kinsman also created the award-winning Spilled Ink, A Writer’s Notebook. Naomi is Founder and Executive Director of Society of Young Inklings, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and YA from Hamline University.

Blog Videos (Released at 10am on the designated date)
JanetGraber

Janet Graber

I Brought a Mouse to School!

Blog release date: February 1st

Janet Graber was born in the middle of WWII in Northern England. She traveled widely, ended up in the United States, married, raised a family, and eventually followed her dream of writing stories. After publishing picture books and novels for teens, honors followed, including a McKnight Artist Fellowship in Children’s Literature, The Association of Educational Publishers Distinguished Achievement Award, and A Junior Library Guild Selection. She was also a Minnesota Book Award Finalist in the Young Adult Category. She teaches occasionally at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, and mentors writers in her home. Janet is the author of Malcom Mouse, Explorer; Sting of Love; and her newest book, The Secret Chamber of Gwendoline Riston.


ZarlashtNiaz

Zarlasht Niaz

My Writing Journey

Blog release date: February 8th

Zarlasht Niaz is a writer and organizer from Minneapolis, Minnesota whose work focuses on immigrants’ and womens’ rights. Her work is published in the anthology What We Hunger For: Refugee and Immigrant Stories about Food and Family. In 2019, she was a Mirrors and Windows fellow with the Loft Literary Center. Currently she is a founding member of the nonprofit Afghan Refugee aid as well as a C. Glenn Cambor fellow in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing MFA program in poetry.


Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper

The Courage to Revise

Blog release date: February 15th

Abby Cooper is the author of Minnesota Book Award Finalist Sticks & Stones, Bubbles, and Friend or Fiction. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband, her new baby, her poodle, and a whole bunch of books. Visit her online at AbbyCooperAuthor.com or @_ACoops_.


DavidLaRochelle

David LaRochelle

Pumpkin Carving Creativity!

Blog release date: March 1st

David LaRochelle has been creating books for young people for over 30 years. His picture book titles include Moo!, How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans, and See the Cat: Three Stories About a Dog which won the 2021 Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. When he’s not writing or visiting schools, you can find him playing games (Dominion is his favorite), geocaching, and carving pumpkins, which you can view at his website davidlarochelle.com.


HeidiGrosch

Heidi Grosch

Language All Around Us

Blog release date: March 8th

Heidi Haavan Grosch spends her days empowering soon to be English teachers and loves to play with words through drama, singing, digital texts… and of course poetry! Originally from Minnesota, Heidi now lives on a Christmas tree and wild flower seed farm on a fjord in the middle of Norway.


Naomi Kinsman

What Will You Write Next?

Blog release date: March 15th

Author of the From Sadie’s Sketchbook Series, Naomi Kinsman also created the award-winning Spilled Ink, A Writer’s Notebook. Naomi is Founder and Executive Director of Society of Young Inklings, and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and YA from Hamline University.

Extras

Virtual YAC extras will include:

  • Book title word search,
  • “Gallery” Page for students to share their writing,
  • Authors sharing their experiences of times that they needed courage to write,
  • …and more!

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2021-2022 Theme: Write With Courage

Writers are brave people. Every sentence takes courage. It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or an experienced author–a blank page can be intimidating. All writers wonder how readers will react and if their words can actually make a difference. Yes, they can! Be bold. Be fearless. Write with courage!


Questions?

For more information about how your students can participate or if you are interested in presenting, contact Katie Wenzel at 612-638-1554.

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