Young Authors Conference

Thank you to our friend of SBC, Katherine Bloom O’Connell, for producing this video.

Words Have Power. That was the theme of last year’s Virtual Young Authors Conference, but the truth of those words has never been more true. Some of our extraordinary presenters reflect on how powerful your words are. Get ready. This inspiring video will give you the chills.

We invite you to join us this March or May to “Write with Courage” during our virtual or in-person YAC events.

    Virtual YAC – February 1 – March 31, 2022


  • 6 blogs (3 in February, 3 in March)
    • Abby Cooper – The Courage to Revise
    • Janet Graber – I Brought a Mouse to School!
    • Heidi Grosch – Language All Around Us
    • Naomi Kinsman – What Will You Write Next?
    • David LaRochelle – Pumpkin Carving Creativity!
    • Zarlasht Niaz – My Writing Journey
  • 4 recorded sessions (released in February)
    • Naomi Kinsman – Courageous Characters
    • Jacqueline West – Get a Clue: Starting Your Own Mystery
    • Heidi Grosch – Stop, Look, and See: Finding the Poem in Pictures
    • Dr. Artika Tyner – Writing for Justice
  • 3 live sessions
    • Kao Kalia Yang – The Writer’s Origin (February 9, 2022 from 4:00 – 5:00pm)
    • Danielle Daniel – Paint Pictures With Words (February 24, 2022 from 4:30 – 5:30pm)
    • Ty Chapman – The Courage to Tell Your Story (March 3, 2022 from 4:30 – 5:30pm)

The Young Authors Conference (lovingly, YAC) is a one-day field trip for grades 4-8 that takes place at Bethel University’s main campus in March and May. Students spend a day learning from and writing with professional Minnesota authors. They leave with new strategies, ideas, and skills to become better writers.

Breakout sessions are engaging, interactive, and informative. A variety of topics are offered, including poetry, journalism, spoken word, short stories, memoir, playwriting, songwriting, and more. Students attend a keynote and three breakout sessions. Live music, an open mic, and a book fair keeps students busy and engaged during lunch.

Registration

Registration fees are based on Metro ECSU membership status. To find out if your school/district is a member, check the updated list here.

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March Young Authors ConferenceEarly Bird – Register by December 10, 2021
$39/student – Metro ECSU member school/district groups ($41 on or after December 11)
$53/student – Non-Metro ECSU member school/district groups ($55 on or after December 11)
Individuals (registered by their parent/guardian)
$55/student

8:30am – 1:35pmBethel University,
Arden Hills

Deadline to Register:

January 14, 2022
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May Young Authors ConferenceEarly Bird – Register by February 8, 2022
$39/student – Metro ECSU member school/district groups ($41 on or after February 9)
$53/student – Non-Metro ECSU member school/district groups ($55 on or after February 9)
Individuals (registered by their parent/guardian)
$55/student
8:30am – 1:35pmBethel University,
Arden Hills

Deadline to Register:
February 25, 2022
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virtual Young Authors ConferenceCost – Registration Closes March 31, 2022
$20/student – Metro ECSU member school/district groups
$30/student – Non-Metro ECSU member school/district groups and individual students (registered by their parent/guardian)


February 1 – March 31Virtually


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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!


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March 2022 Keynote – Danielle K. Brown

Danielle K. Brown is the John & Elizabeth Bates Cowles Professor of Journalism, Diversity and Equality in the Hubbard School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She writes research about news media, inequality and social justice. Before becoming a professor, Danielle wrote and took pictures for news organizations, magazines and other media spaces in Texas, where she grew up.

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May 2022 Keynote – Myron Medcalf

Myron Medcalf is currently a senior college basketball reporter and nationally syndicated radio host with ESPN. He also writes a semi-monthly column for the Star Tribune. A Minnesota State University, Mankato graduate, Medcalf has lived in Minnesota for 20 years. Myron keynoted at YAC in 2012. He is very excited to bring another decade of writing experience to the conference in 2022.


At 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.

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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