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.

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 have been offered over the years, 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.

Save the Dates – March 17 & May 29 – June 2, 2023

Registration will open in Fall 2022. 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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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!


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.


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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