Monday, June 21, 2010

23 Conference Round-Up: WriteOnCon

What's better than attending a kid lit writer's conference? How about attending one for free right from the comfort of your own home? Last week, WriteOnCon was announced. Here's what you need to know:
  • WriteOnCon will be completely internet-based using various forms of social networking.
  • Registration opens July 1st.
  • The actual conference will run August 10-12
  • Expect big names, such as Catherine Drayton, Steven Malk, Michelle Andelman, Suzie Townsend, Mark McVeigh, Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Kathleen Ortiz, Lindsay Eland, Dan Ehrenhaft, Mandy Hubbard, Daisy Whitney, Lindsay Leavitt, Josh Berk, Anica Rissi, Jodi Meadows.
And who do you thank for this awesome conference? Check out this excerpt from the WriteOnCon website:

Jamie Harrington, Elana Johnson, Casey McCormick, Shannon Messenger, Lisa and Laura Roecker, and Jen Stayrook started this project with a single goal: paying it forward. We’d all heard so many writers tell us they wished they could attend a conference, but simply didn’t have the time or money. So we decided to bring a conference to them—a free online conference that anyone could attend in the convenience of their own homes. And so, WriteOnCon was born. (Rated MC-18: for main characters 18 and under.)

Thanks, ladies! Don't miss the video they have created:



Do you plan on *attending*? We'd love to know! Post your thoughts about this idea and whether or not you'll be taking part to comments!

Happy networking!
Marissa & Martina

23 comments:

  1. This is a fantastic idea. I'm looking forward to signing up.

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  2. I am so excited about the conference. These wonderful writers are certainly paying it forward!! I can't imagine the amount of time they have put into such a venture!

    M and M--I can't see the video (it may just be my computer, but I wanted to let you know)

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  3. I can't see the video either. :o(

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  4. I will definitely be there! I can't see the video either it's just white space.

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  5. This looks absolutely amazing...so impressed with it, yet again!

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  6. Oh, definitely. I have the registration date already in my calendar. So glad the YA authors who have put this thing together are so generous with their time. Truly great.

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  7. I'm soooo excited about the conference. I feel guilty though. My niece and nephew will be staying with my parents, and I'm blowing them off for a few days just so I can participate in the epic event. Oh, well, I'm sure I can make it up to them by taking them shopping. ;)

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  8. This sounds great! Thanks for letting us know! May I copy and paste to my blog?

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  9. OMG I keep trying to tell these ladies that they are the AWESOMEST and I am definitely participating! Especially so I can learn not to use made up words like "awesomest" and stuff.

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  10. Okay, video fixed. And seriously, right? Elana, Casey, and the other organizers constantly amaze me with their generosity. I am excited to see how this will unfold.

    L.J. - take what you want from this post. We swiped the vlog from Casey's site on the assumption that it was better to share it with as many people as possible. Just please keep the links to the organizer's sites, because there is a lot of great material on each of those sites in addition to the WriteOnCon information.

    Martina

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  11. I think this is a fantastic idea! Incredible how expensive some of the conferences have become.

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  12. The conference sounds awesome. I'm planning on attending though it'll be on my lunch hour and reading transcripts at night. I can't take off work. I think that might be a problem for those of who work full time. I suggested they think about doing the next one (hopefully they will) on a weekend like many SCBWI weekend conferences are scheduled. Thanks for spreading the word on it.

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  13. I will be there! Hopefully, anyway. I'll be on vacation that week but I'll have internet access so I can peek in once in awhile. Thank goodness they are posting the transcripts.

    How generous of the presenters to volunteer their time and knowledge for this conference. I'm looking forward to "meeting" them and to "seeing" all of you there!

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  14. Definitely planning on attending! It sounds very worthwhile, especially with everyone else who plans to be there. I'm going to be at SCBWI LA, but I should be able to recover before this one! :)

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  15. Oh yes, I'll be there! In all honesty, I'm still not recognizing any of the names. But either way, this is a fantastic idea, and I can't wait to learn something!

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  16. I'll be there. So generous of these gals to think up something for those of us with limited budgets.
    ;-)

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  17. I'm definitely going to be there! Can't wait!! :)

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  18. Am so so so grateful and excited for this conference! You ladies ROCK!

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  19. Heck yeah, I will sooooo be there. This is one conference I can afford! I'll see you ladies there.

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  20. Yes! I definitely plan on attending!

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  21. It's exciting to see so many writers are going to take advantage of this amazing opportunity! Yay.

    Heather -- we would love to take credit for this idea, but we are only reporting this to share with our followers. The organizers are the amazing ladies linked in the post. PLEASE go visit their blogs and tell them what a wonderful thing they are doing for the writing community!

    Martina & Marissa

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  22. I am definitely planning on being there and want to congratulate these amazing writers for their hard work. Living in Europe makes it virtually impossible to attend a conference - it would be a huge expense!

    A FANTASTIC achievement getting all those names to be there!

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  23. WOW - I expect every KidLit writer in the UNIVERSE will be there!

    Absolutely AMAZING!

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