Saturday, July 14, 2012

The NextGen Writers Conference is soon!

A brief weekend interruption to remind you guys that the NextGen Writer's Conference, a free, on-line conference for writers 19 and under, is quickly approaching. The conference runs August 2nd through August 3rd, and it's super helpful to our lovely hostess - Shellie Neumier - if you register sooner rather than later.

The deadline for the NextGen backcover copy contest is TOMORROW. So get your entries in pronto! You have 150 words to tell our judges - all published writers - about your story ... and doing a good job might mean an editor requesting your proposal. Just sayin'. You can find out more details about the backcover copy contest here. And you can get a peek at what the judges will be using for scoring here.

And if you're still on the fence about participating in the conference, check out this amazing line up of presenters and classes:

                    DAY ONE

Stephanie Morrill       Writing Middles 8/2, 8 am cst

Patti Shene                    Opening the Door to Publication  8/2,  10 am cst

Caleb Breakey              Beat Resistance & Write Like Crazy  8/2,    12 pm cst

Melanie Dickerson     Persevering to Publication: Encouragement for Every Writer  8/2,    2 pm cst

Roseanna White          Writing in Your Voice  8/2, 4 pm cst

Jill Williamson             How to Format a Novel (Podcast) 8/2, 6 pm cst

John Otte                       What Can Video Games Teach Us about Backstory?  8/2, 8pm cst

Nicole O’Dell                 Live Interview with Your Characters 8/2, 10 pm cst  live chat


                    DAY TWO

Lisa Lickel                      What Editors Want  8/3, 8 am cst

Kerry McQuisten         How to Mess up a Submission  8/3, 10 am cst
(Black Lyon Publishers)

Robert Liparulo          Making Fantasy Fiction Work for Everyone  8/3, 12 pm cst

Lisa T. Bergren            How to Write a Proposal   8/3, 2 pm cst

Rachel Coker              Writing Something You Love, That Others Will Buy.  8/3, 4 pm cst

Chris Miles                    Being a Teen at a Traditional Writer’s Conference  8/3, 6 pm cst

Laura Kurk                    A Wise Man Quietly Holds It Back: Creating Authentic Emotional Moments  8/3, 6pm cst

Shellie Neumeier        2012 Finale, Writing for the Next Generation 8/3,      10 pm cst   LIVE CHAT

23 comments:

  1. Dude, I totally forgot about the contest, I wanted to do that. Maybe I can whip something up tonight.

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  2. It´s such a pity, that I already am 21...Otherwise I would participate on the conference with such a pleasure. Never mind. Enjoy it, okej?

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  3. Entered the contest! :) Oh, oops, Stephanie... I just realized it might not say I am registered for the conference, but I am, just under "Victoria" instead... is that still okay, or do you need me to resend the contest entry?

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    1. Should be fine, but thanks for the head's up!

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  4. Ah! I can't wait for it to start! :D

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  5. Sadly, I will be out of town for it. :'( I signed up and then realized it. Can I still see the posts, though, if it's a couple of days later?

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    1. Yay! Okay, then, I'll have my mom send in my permission email. What exactly does she need to put on that?

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    2. So glad to know that! I wasn't going to sign up because I'll be away at camp without Internet access those days. Now I'm registering! :D (Oh, and will it still be ok to enter the backcover copy contest, even though I won't be involved in the conference while it's actually happening?)

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    3. Yes, Laurie! Send it on in.

      Becki, aren't you over 18? Shellie should have sent your parents an email saying you'd registered for the conference. All they need to do is write back and say it's cool for Becki Badger to join in all the NextGen fun.

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    4. :D No, I'm only 16. I'll 17 at the end of the summer. I do all my mom's emails, though, so I'll have her give her permission and get that sent in.

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  6. I am so excited for this! It totally blew me away last year at how much I learned and enjoyed it. I was glued to my computer for two days straight! ;-) Looking forward to this year! :)

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  7. I signed up, but it didn't send me or my mom any confirmation emails. It sounds awesome, so I really hope I'm registered!

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    1. Shellie has been out of town, so it's possible she just hasn't had a chance to send them yet.

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  8. {I think you mean Rachel Coker, not Cocker.} :)

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    1. Lol - that was copy and pasted from the NextGen site. I'll mention that to Shellie. Great catch, Rachelle!

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  9. Hey Stephanie, did you get my entry? I sent another email asking if you did, too. Sorry about being so paranoid, but I'm away from home and don't have much Internet access.

    Looking forward to the conference, though I'll be away from home for part of it. :( They email us our passcodes on August 1st, right? (I think I asked this already, but I can't remember the answer...)

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    1. I did, Jessica! I'll send you a follow up email here in a sec.

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  10. I registered and can't wait! It'll be my first time. :) Hoping to learn some exciting new aspects about writing and publishing...

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  11. Yay! I'm registered and sent in my contest entry. I'm still waiting for my parent email thing, and my confirmation email. Cant wait to do it!:)

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  12. I've been exploring this site, and the conference looks like tons of fun! I will hopefully be listening in! I think it's so cool what you guys have been doing; you have no idea how helpful it is for a teen like me to have someplace to go to for my writing. Thx! :)

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  13. It really rots that I couldn't enter that contest... :-/ I still haven't gotten my code thingy yet, some screwups with email things on my part. *sigh* At least I have the conference to look forward to :)

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