Young Authors Academy

 

July 9-14, 2018

Find yourself dreaming of the day you see your name in print for the first time? Spend your time either writing or thinking about what you’re going to write next?

Come to BYU July 9-14! Talk with local and nationally recognized authors, get your writing reviewed by your peers, meet and work with BYU English department faculty, stay in BYU campus housing, get your books signed by acclaimed authors and illustrators, take unique small-group writing courses, and spend a week with other students who love young adult literature and want to see their name on a cover, like you.

This year our featured authors are Matt Phelan, Dan Santant, Adam Gidwitz, Lauren Wolk, Tanya Lee Stone, and several local authors. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet these authors and ask them questions.

Check out the Writers Block electives for this year! You will sign up for two electives when you register:

Blending Up Better Stories: The recipe of stories is simple: combine characters, setting and obstacles and stir them up until something happens. A better understanding of how these building blocks work together makes for a more confident and capable writer.

Words That Win: Effective leaders win with words more often with weapons. Practice wielding your words in this class through the art of argumentative writing and persuasion. You will learn to craft a convincing argument, debate with confidence and leave your audiences speechless. In the end we will discover if the pen is mightier than the sword!

Creative Nonfiction: Sometimes real life can be stranger than anything we could imagine. And true stories, told well, still require creativity. We will delve into character development, creating scene stealing scenes, drama and find humor as we look into our own life experiences. Who knows? Maybe you'll find that you are your new favorite character.

Creating Believable Tales and Villains: Every story has two sides. How well do you know your villains and bad guys? In the Twisted Tales and Evil Villains Writers Block, we will explore evil motives, intense opposition, and learn how to create believable conflict in stories by studying existing evil villains and creating new ones to enhance the terror in your tales.

This camp focuses on children’s and young adult literature. We invite students who are ages 14­–18 to join us for this weeklong camp that corresponds with BYU’s Symposium on Books for Young Readers.

If you love writing and your dream is to become a published author, then this camp is for you!

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Grade Level: Entering 8–12
Dates: July 9-14, 2018
Location: Brigham Young University
Tuition: $369.00

Tuition includes five days of instruction, writing materials, T-shirt, a printed anthology, lunch at the BYU Cannon Center, attendance to Books for Young Readers on Thursday only, book by one of our invited authors.

Optional Food and Housing: $209.00

Optional Food and Housing adds breakfast, dinner, and five nights of lodging in a BYU dorm.

Daily Schedule

10:30 a.m. Camp Check-in: Location TBD
12:15 p.m. Orientation
1:00 p.m. Writers Block
2:00 p.m. Writers Block
6:00 p.m. BBQ, Games
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Guest Speaker
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Writers Block/Free Writing Time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Free Time
8:00 p.m. Dance
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Author Visit
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Writers Block/Free writing time
4:30 p.m. Prep for Seven Peaks
5:00 p.m. Seven Peaks Waterpark
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Author Visit
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Conversation with Authors at Books for Young Readers Symposium
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Books for Young Readers Symposium Author Lecture: Matt de la Pena
8:00 p.m. Autographing Session at Books for Young Readers Symposium
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Author Visit
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Writers Block/Free writing time
5:00 p.m. Free Time
7:00 p.m. Closing Party/Movie Night
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Camp Checkout