Get Inked 2022 Teen Writing Conference

Get Inked 2022 Teen Writing Conference

Dec 3

Madeleva Hall, Carroll Auditorium
Saturday, Dec. 3 8:30 AM Register

A Writing Conference Just for Teens! Attend In-person or Virtually

"Get Inked Teen Writing Conference"


On Saturday, December 3, young writers are invited to attend the Get Inked Teen Writing Conference. Hosted by Saint Mary’s College, participants will spend the day connecting with published authors in writing workshops and small-group breakout sessions. Students will experiment with style and form, share ideas, improve their writing skills, and make valuable connections with industry professionals and other young writers.

This year's conference features New York Times Notable Books author Jeff Zentner, along with Amanda DeWitt, Patrick Flores-Scott, Kristin Bartley-Lenz, and Katherine Higgs-Coulthard.

Limited to 70 in-person participants and 100 remote participants. Registration is $70 and includes two autographed books and a Get Inked Writer's Notebook. Lunch is provided for in-person participants.

Students with financial need are invited to apply for assistance with fees through the 2022 Patricia S. & Thomas W. Hill Scholarship for Young Writers. For more information on this scholarship, contact Katherine Higgs-Coulthard at

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.

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Guest Authors

Jeff ZentnerJeff Zentner

Jeff Zentner is the author of New York Times Notable Books The Serpent King and In the Wild Light, as well as Goodbye Days and Rayne & Delilah’s Midnite Matinee. Among other honors, he has won the ALA’s William C. Morris Award, the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award twice, the Muriel Becker Award, the International Literacy Association Award, and been longlisted twice for the Carnegie Medal. He’s a two-time Southern Book Prize finalist; and was a finalist for the Indies Choice Award. He was selected as a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and an Indies Introduce pick. His books have been translated into 15 languages. Before becoming a writer, he was a musician who recorded with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Debbie Harry. He lives in Nashville. 

He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

Twitter: @jeffzentner
Instagram: @jeffzentner
Facebook: Jeff Zentner–Author

Amanda DeWittAmanda DeWitt

Amanda DeWitt is the author of Aces Wild. Working in a public library by day and writing books at all hours, Amanda DeWitt is always surrounded by books. When she’s not writing, she enjoys drawing, Dungeons & Dragon-ing, and also writing, just not whatever it is she really should be writing. When she is writing, she’s always looking to try something new—but anything funny is a good bet.  She holds a Master’s in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida. Amanda lives in Clearwater, Florida with her two dogs, two cats, and a handful of chickens. She’s represented by Cate Hart at Harvey Klinger Literary Agency.

Twitter: @AmandaMDeWitt   
Instagram: @am.dewitt

Patrick Flores-ScottPatrick Scott-Flores

Patrick Flores-Scott was a long-time public school teacher in Seattle, Washington. He’s now a reading tutor and early morning writer in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Patrick’s first novel, Jumped In, was named to the 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list, a Walden Award finalist, a Washington Book Award winner, an NCSS/CBC Notable Book for the Social Studies, and a Bank Street College Best Books of 2014. His second novel, American Road Trip, received multiple starred reviews and is a 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick, and a TAYSHAS Texas reading list selection.  


Kristin Bartley LenzKristin Bartley Lenz

Kristin Bartley Lenz is a writer and social worker who has lived in Michigan, Georgia, and California. Her debut young adult novel, The Art of Holding On and Letting Go, was a Helen Sheehan YA Book Prize winner, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and an honor book for the Great Lakes Great Books Award statewide literature program. Her writing has been published in a YA poetry anthology (Rhyme & Rhythm: Poems for Student Athletes), The New York Times, Writer's Digest, Hunger Mountain, Lunch Ticket, Michigan Reading Journal, Great Lakes Review, Literary Mama, Women On Writing, The New Social Worker, and more. She also serves on the SCBWI-MI blog team, writes freelance for Detroit area nonprofits, and teaches creative writing for teens and adults.

Twitter: @KristinBLenz
Instagram: @kristinbartleylenz

Kat Higgs-CoulthardKat Higgs Coulthard

Kat is the author of Junkyard Dogs. She became a writer on the limb of a Sycamore tree when she was in elementary school. Since then she’s written in abandoned buildings, cemeteries, parks, and even on a tall ship, but her favorite place to write has always been the woods. Kat holds a doctorate in Education through Northeastern University. She has taught kindergarten, third, and fifth grades. Now she trains teachers at Saint Mary’s College and offers writing camps and classes for children and teens through Michiana Writers’ Center. She lives in Michigan and loves spending time with her family. 

Twitter: @michianawriter1

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