2016 Writers Conference Registration Open!

Writers Conference for Young Authors and Illustrators returns on January 30.

When: January 30, 2016
Where: UCLA
Rolfe Hall   345 Portola Plaza   Los Angeles, CA 90095

The event starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. The registration fee is $75, which includes at least four author presentations, lunch with the authors, and a book. The Conference is recommended for children in grades 3-7.

Online ticket sales have closed. You may register your child in person on Jan. 30 at 9:30 a.m.

If your child is unable to attend, please consider sponsoring a low-income child.

p.s. The Writers Conference makes a great holiday gift!

About the Participating Authors

Years before they achieved acclaim in their respective professions, good friends Taye Diggs (How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Chicago) and Shane W. Evans wanted to collaborate on children’s books based on the experience of feeling different and trying to fit in as kids. Now, both men are fathers and see more than ever the need for books that encourage all people, especially kids, to love themselves. Author Diggs and illustrator Evans have collaborated on the books Chocolate Me! and Mixed Me!

Additionally, Evans has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Underground, winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, We March, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012, and and Osceola: Memories of a Sharecropper’s Daughter, winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. He also illustrated The Red Pencil by Andrea Davis Pickney, an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens finalist.

Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah are writing and producing partners whose credits include the screenplays for Diary Of A Wimpy Kid and Diary Of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules. The pair have also collaborated on a number of primetime television shows and movies including Freaks & Geeks, Just Shoot Me, Undeclared, Life As We Know It, 90210, What About Brian and currently the NBC/Sony hit series The Night Shift.

In between books, Adam Glendon Sidwell uses the power of computers to make monsters, robots and zombies come to life for blockbuster movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean, King Kong, Pacific Rim, Transformers and Tron. After spending countless hours in front of a keyboard meticulously adjusting tentacles, calibrating hydraulics, and brushing monkey fur, he is delighted at the prospect of modifying his creations with the flick of a few deftly placed adjectives. He’s been eating food since age 7, so feels very qualified to write the Evertaster series. He once showed a famous movie star where the bathroom was. Adam wrote every single word in the EVERTASTER series, the picture book FETCH, and the upcoming CHUM.

Ava Dellaira collaborated with Stephen Chbosky on the screenplay for The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Stephen’s encouragement led to Ava’s debut novel, Love Letters to the Dead. Ava is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago. She currently lives in Santa Monica.

Ky-Phong Tran’s writing has appeared in the Huffington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Orange County Register, New America Media, AsianWeek, the OC Weekly, the District Weekly, Hyphen Magazine, the Longbox Project and the anthology Dismantle.

F.C. Shaw (Sherlock Academy) started writing stories when she was eight years old. She loves children’s stories, Sherlock Holmes, and mysteries, so she had to write a book combining all three. She spends her afternoons writing for kids, and her nights dreaming of new stories. She lives with her husband and two sons in a home they have ambitiously dubbed The Manor in Santa Maria, California. When she’s not plotting stories, she teaches visual arts in local schools and enjoys a good game of Scrabble.

Dr. Kari-Lynn Winters is an award-winning children’s author, playwright, performer, and academic scholar. Sixteen of her picture or poetry books have been published or are in press. An experienced teacher of writing, she has worked with students across Canada and the United States, including pre-school, special education, primary and intermediate, high school, and university teacher education. Kari-Lynn is an assistant professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON.

You may recognize Adriana Yugovich as the jazz hands girl from the website and book Awkward Family Photos. She is still just as awkward and now has the best job ever: she gets to teach people of all ages how to make comics. She grew up in Detroit, Michigan and moved to Los Angeles to get her Master of Fine Arts degree from CalArts. Since then, she’s traveled the world with her sketchbook and worked at cool places like Disney, the Natural History Museum, the Boys & Girls Club, Mercedes­Benz and the L.A. Zine Fest. Her current adventure is teaching high school media arts for LAUSD.


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