Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Teen Author Boot Camp
My name is Tahsha, and I’m a member of Writers Cubed. I’m here to talk about
something I think is downright amazing:
Particularly teenage authors.
Did you know that there are tons of teen writers out there? There are. And guess what?
They are freaking good at writing! Good chance is you are one of those teen writers, or
maybe you want to be but you’re hiding behind your facade of coolness, not believing
that you actually have the skills to be a writer.
That was true for me (though I’m not a teenager-even though I act like one half
the time.) I always wanted to be a writer, but I didn’t believe I could. In fact, I was
embarrassed to admit that I wanted to be. Silly, I know.
Then I found an awesome writing group, (feel free to pause and go to our website if
you want to know just how cool we are--I’ll wait for you.) and we started learning how to
write together. We attended classes and conferences that taught us that there is more
to writing then just romantic tension.
Guess what we discovered through the process? There wasn’t much available to help
the super talented teenage writers that we were friends with. So, with our combined
brain power, super awesomeness, and freaking hard work…
TEEN AUTHOR BOOT CAMP WAS BORN!!!
The boot camp, held in Orem, UT, has been so popular in the past, that this year
Writers Cubed wanted everyone out there a chance to be a part of it, even if you live in
the middle-of-no-where and even if you are just a teenage wanna-be like me. So we are
introducing the first EVER LiveStream of Teen Author Boot Camp.
The keynote address by Newbery Winning Author Shannon Hale will be free for anyone
to watch. It will be on March, 16th, 2013 at 9 a.m. MST. A subscription to the Live
Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following:
9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome
9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess
10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (Janitors) Class: Imagine and Create.
10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother) Class: Bad dialogue
can kill a story.
12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) Class: Plot
Like a Villain.
1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (Farworld) Class: Finding Your Voice.
2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel: Agent Amy Jameson & authors
Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett
3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings) Class: World-building
is the invisible foundation to your book.
4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Winner of the First Chapter Contest and closing
If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest
of the conference (including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine-
-haha). That only costs $9.99 and, as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can
watch the whole conference whenever you want for an entire year.
To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit
www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and click on Livestream. It only takes a minute. While
you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be teaching at the conference
under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”
Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for
FREE on this blog.
Tahsha Wilson is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists
who created the Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. Please visit her website at