Tag Archives | Conferences

ALA Wrap Up, Conference Tips & Book Giveaway

We had a blast at our first American Library Association (ALA) conference, and we thought it’d be fun to give some tips for people who wondered if this conference was for them. For librarians, ALA annual is the BIG Library Conference of the year, full of everything from the World of Manga to Educating with Robots. Stacey: With a book recently out, I attended as a signing author, as well as a panelist for the […]


Chapter One Young Writers Conference

The Chapter One Young Writers Conference. Every story needs a beginning. This is ours. Hey, guys! My name is Julia and I’m the founder of the Chapter One Young Writers Conference, an annual writing conference for and by teens and young adults. Our 2015 conference will take place Saturday, August 8th at the Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South hotel in Arlington Heights, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago—with the one and only Kat Zhang as our keynote […]


The Benefits of a Small Writers’ Conference

Attending a writers’ conference can be both exhilarating and terrifying, but it’s almost always rewarding. There’s something wonderful about being in a room where everyone around you has the same passion, and no matter who you happen to sit next to, you know you have something in common. I always come away from a conference re-energized and ready to write, but I know not all writers share my enthusiasm about being around that many people. […]


Conferences and Book Festivals

A few weekends ago, I had the chance to go to YALLfest, a YA book festival in Charleston, South Carolina. It was one of the first book festivals I had ever attended (I know, I know) and I was struck by how much fun I had. It sounds strange, but when I was an editor in a big publishing house, I rarely, if ever, had the chance to attend book festivals or conferences. Now, book fairs […]


Navigating Educational and Librarian Conferences

I just took a look at my calendar for the months ahead and realized one thing: conference season is starting back up again.  To help authors prepare, I thought I’d take a break from the usual Q-and-A format to cover some valuable tips I’ve picked up over the past three years of attending trade shows. Through my job, I participate in about six or seven conferences each year, all with their variety of acronyms (ALA, […]