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Get Inked Teen Writing Conference

Get Inked Teen Writing Conference

Dec 5

Virtual Event
Saturday, Dec. 5 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 workshop their writing with like-minded peers and published authors. This year's conference features four award-winning young adult authors: Candace Fleming, Chris Crutcher,  Patrick Flores-Scott, and Barb Shoup. Registration includes 2 autographed books and a Get Inked Writer's Notebook.

Just $60 per student, Get Inked provides teen writers the experience of attending the type of event typically reserved for adults. From key-note speakers to hands-on breakout sessions, students will get to spend time with published authors and have a chance to 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 

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Space is limited so sign up today!

Registration includes
Two Autographed Books
and a Get Inked Writer's Notebook!

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Here's the Agenda
Saturday, December 5  •  8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
with an optional writing session 1:15 to 3 p.m.

Morning Sessions

8:30 a.m. Welcome & Writers Marathon
9 a.m. Keynote: Candace Fleming "Why Write?"
9:45 a.m. Workshops with Authors
Break (15 minutes)
10:45 a.m. Keynote: Chris Crutcher "Turning Real Life into Fiction"
11:30 a.m. Workshops with Authors
12:30 p.m. Lunchtime Q&A with Chris & Candy

Optional Afternoon Sessions

These sessions are also included in your registration.
We hope you'll attend!
1:15 p.m. Writing Craft Workshop
Break (15 minutes)
2:15 p.m. Writing Craft Workshop

About the Guest Authors

Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming

Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It? She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s) ever since.

Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than forty books for children and young adults, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; the Sibert-Award-winning Giant Squid; and the beloved Boxes for Katje. She also contributed the chapter on Katharine of Aragon to Fatal Throne.

Chris Crutcher

Chris Crutcher

Crutcher has written thirteen novels and two collections of short stories including what he calls an ill-advised autobiography titled King of the Mild Frontier, which was designated by “Publisher’s Weekly” as “the YA book most adults would have read if they knew it existed.” Five of Crutcher’s books also appeared on an American Library Association list of the 100 Best Books for Teens of the Twentieth Century (1999 to 2000).

Patrick Flores-Scott

Patrick Flores-Scott

As a young man, Flores-Scott struggled as a reader himself and wanted to write a novel that his students who also shared his difficulty would enjoy. Adopting a style of short paragraphs and chapters, his novels not only become easier to read but prove that there is more than one type of successful author in the world.

Flores-Scott resides in Ann Arbor, Michigan and had his first novel, Jumped In, named in the 2014 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults list. His second novel, American Road Trip is a 2019 Best Fiction for Young Adults pick and explores how kids were dealing with the fallout from the economic recession (December 2007 to June 2009).

Barbara Shoup

Barbara Shoup

Shoup is the author of eight novels for adults and young adults, most recently An American Tune; Looking for Jack Kerouac; and a memoir, A Commotion in Your Heart. She is the the co-author of Novel Ideas: Contemporary Authors Share the Creative Process and Story Matters.

Her young adult novels, Wish You Were Here and Stranded in Harmony were selected as American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults.  Vermeer’s Daughter was a School Library Journal Best Adult Book for Young Adults.

She graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and master’s degree in secondary education. She taught creative writing to high school students for more than 20 years.

Get Inked is cosponsored by Saint Mary's College
and Michiana Writers' Center.

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