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This year’s theme for the 24th annual Young Authors Conference is Characters that POP!

Think of your favorite book. Chances are the first thing that comes to mind is its characters. Believable, authentic characters are crucial to great stories, novels, poems – writing of any kind. What writing techniques are required to will your characters to life, to make them POP? Join us in March or May to explore where hard-to-forget characters come from and try your hand at bringing your own characters to life!

Featuring keynote speaker, Geoff Herbach and hands-on breakout sessions led by published authors, illustrators, journalists, poets, and more, students in grades 4-8 will be challenged to take their writing to the next level.

YAC March 20, 2014

March & May Keynote

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Geoff Herbach

Geoff Herbach is the author of the award winning Stupid Fast young adult series. His books have won the Cybils Award for best YA novel, the Minnesota Book Award, have been selected for the Junior Library Guild, and have been listed in the year's best by the American Library Association, the American Booksellers Association, Booklist, and many state library associations. In the past, he’s written an adult novel, produced radio comedy shows and toured rock clubs telling weird stories. He has new YA titles coming out in 2014 and 2015. He lives in a log cabin with two kids and a very tall wife.

Herbach visits schools regularly. When he is not writing books or visiting schools, he teaches writing at Minnesota State Mankato.  

"Geoff Herbach is the perfect presenter for middle schoolers. His sense of humor and storytelling abilities captivated the students, as well as the staff. He left a smile on many faces and created memories that will be talked about for a lifetime." - 6th Grade Teacher

Over 4,600 students in grades four through eight attended SBC’s Young Authors Conference (YAC) in 2013.
Here are a few of their inspiring testimonials:

“I enjoyed exploring many different varieties of ‘hooking your reader.’ I previously attended last year, and this year was just as good as last year, if not better.”

“I learned more about being a writer today than in my whole 12 years of life!”


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“I feel I have learned valuable information that will help me grow with my writing. It was fun to be with so many great writers.”

Daniel Gabriel, who has been a presenter at YAC for 20+ years, blogged about his experience during the 2013 Young Authors Conference.

For 24 years, SBC’s Young Authors Conference (YAC) has given 4th-8th grade students the opportunity to learn from professionals with real writing experience. At the conference students attend a keynote address and three interactive writing sessions led by local fiction and non-fiction writers, poets, songwriters, playwrights, actors, and illustrators. The presenters encourage and challenge students to become better writers. Students leave YAC with a greater passion to write and a new set of strategies and ideas with which to experiment.

2014 YAC FAQ

2014 YAC Overview

2014 March YAC Participant Feedback

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2014 YAC Dates:
March 20, 2014 (grades 4-8) – Registration is closed!
May 27, 2014 (grades 6-8) Full
May 28, 2014 (grades 4-8)
May 29, 2014 (grades 4-8)
May 30, 2014 (grades 4-8)

Location:
Bethel University campus in Arden Hills, Minnesota.

Red Ballon Bookshop hosts a book fair for students each day of the Young Authors Conference. Students have the opportunity to browse and purchase many of the works of conference presenters.


Winter YAC Registration Deadlines

2014-2015 Information coming soon!

Conference date: March 20, 2014

Metro ECSU Member Rates & Registration Deadlines:
$37 Early Bird rate per student - register by December 20, 2013
$39 Regular rate per student - register by January 17, 2014

Non-Member Rates & Registration Deadlines:
$50
Early Bird rate per student - register by December 20, 2013
$52 Regular rate per student - register by January 17, 2014



Spring YAC Registration Deadlines

Conference dates: May 27, 28, 29 and 30, 2014

Registration is closed!

Metro ECSU Member Rates & Registration Deadlines:
$37
Early Bird rate per student - register by January 31, 2014
$39 Regular rate per student - register by February 14, 2014

Non-Member Rates & Registration Deadlines:
$50
Early Bird rate per student - register by January 31, 2014
$52 Regular rate per student - register by February 14, 2014

*The rate per student is based on Metro ECSU membership status and registration deadlines.

  • Students are inspired and encouraged by their interaction with successful, enthusiastic role models for writing.
  • Students learn the importance of effective written communication.
  • Students learn the power of the well-written word and the way in which it can inform, inspire and transform.

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Winter YAC: Betsy Narr, 612-638-1536 or betsy.narr@metroecsu.org

Spring YAC: Colleen Feller, 612-638-1511 or colleen.feller@metroecsu.org

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