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Get Inked 2021 Teen Writing Conference

Get Inked 2021 Teen Writing Conference

Dec 4

Virtual Event
Saturday, Dec. 4 8:30 AM Register

A [Virtual] Writing Conference Just for Teens!


"Get Inked Teen Writing Conference"Do you know a teen in grades 7–12 who has an interest in writing? Or maybe a student who struggles with academic writing? If so, the Get Inked Teen Writing Conference is an amazing opportunity for them.

Get Inked is an inclusive, safe space for teens to work on their writing with like-minded peers and published authors. This year's conference features four young adult authors: Kekla Magoon, Lisa Deselm, Mary Ann Steinke-Moore, and Jean Alicia Elster. This year we are pleased to welcome editor, Jiwon Choi, who will discuss opportunities for teens to publish their work. Registration includes two autographed books and a Get Inked Writer's Notebook.

Cost is $70 per student and provides teen writers the experience of attending the type of event typically reserved for adults. From keynote speakers to hands-on breakout sessions, students will spend time with published authors while they improve their own writing skills.

At Get Inked you will:

• Experiment with style and form •
• Share work, ideas, and goals 
• Learn about the editing and publishing process 
• Connect with other teens who like to write 


Contact Katherine Higgs-Coulthard
for more information.

Email Us

Space is limited so sign up today!

Registration includes
two autographed books
and a Get Inked Writer's Notebook!

Register online!

Jiwon ChoiGuest Editor

Jiwon Choi

Jiwon Choi is a poet, early childhood educator, and urban gardener. She works with children and teachers on developing emergent curriculum at the Educational Alliance, a multi-generational non-profit. She is a long time gardener and coordinator at the Pacific Street Brooklyn Bear’s Garden near Downtown Brooklyn, where she collaborates with local and citywide organizations to bring educational gardening workshops, as well as cultural arts and music programming into the garden. She is the author of two poetry collections, One Daughter is Worth Ten Sons and I Used To Be Korean. Jiwon Choi is an associate editor at Hanging Loose Press. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.



Guest Authors

Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon is the author of many novels and nonfiction books for young readers, including The Season of Styx Malone, The Rock and the River, How It Went Down, and the Robyn Hoodlum Adventure series. She has received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the John Steptoe New Talent Award, three Coretta Scott King Honors, the Walter Award Honor, an NAACP Image Award, and been long listed for the National Book Award. Kekla conducts school and library visits nationwide and serves on the Writers’ Council for the National Writing Project. Kekla holds a BA from Northwestern University and an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she now serves on faculty. Visit her online at

Lisa Deselm

Lisa Deselm

Thanks to a steady childhood diet of fairytales, Lisa still dreams of running away to the woods to live amongst the fairy folk in her own enchanted bower. Until then, she happily lives with her husband and two daughters in the wilds of suburban South Bend, Indiana. When she’s not writing, you’ll find her working as an art director and designer, most likely daydreaming with a cup of tea in hand. She adds: “I’m also a wannabe foodie, love to get a new stamp on my passport (I am a third-culture-kid after all), and still re-read some of my favorite books from childhood every year. (If you look closely, the words of Laura Ingalls Wilder and L.M. Montgomery are tattooed on my soul.) Tea and chocolate are my love language.” Lisa is the author of The Puppetmaster’s Apprentice

Mary Ann Steinke-Moore

Mary Ann Steinke-Moore

Mary Ann Steinke-Moore is an author of young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Mandy’s Song was released in 2020. As a child she enjoyed characters like Mary Lennox in Secret Garden who struggled and found a way through troubles to unexpected joy. These characters were like extra friends who shared their mistakes and solutions for problems she had, too. By age ten she imagined characters and scenes and wrote stories of her own—often horse stories. Now her stories involve much more than horses, but there is still a constant. The characters in her novels discover ways to grow through the sorrows and joys of their lives, and she hopes young readers find healing friendship from knowing them.

Jean Alicia Elster

Jean Alicia Elster

A 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow and a former attorney, Jean Alicia Elster is a professional writer of fiction for children and young adults. She is the great- granddaughter of Addie Jackson, whose family story is the basis of her young adult novel How It Happens, published by Wayne State University Press and released in September 2021. Elster is the author of Who’s Jim Hines? and The Colored Car, which were also based on her family history and published by Wayne State University Press in 2008 and 2013, respectively; both were selected as Michigan Notable Books. Other awards include the Midwest Book Award in Children’s Fiction, Paterson Prize Honor Book - Books for Young People, and the Governors’ Emerging Artist Award – Art Serve Michigan. She is also the author of the “Joe Joe in the City” series, published by Judson Press: Just Call Me Joe Joe, I Have a Dream, Too!, I’ll Fly My Own Plane and I’ll Do the Right Thing.

In recognition of outstanding work, Elster was honored with a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellowship in Literary Arts, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. She has been awarded three residencies at the internationally acclaimed Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. In addition, Elster’s essays have appeared in national publications including Ms., World Vision, Black Child, and Christian Science Sentinel magazines.


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