Frequently Asked Questions
Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers is for anyone who is seriously interested in publishing books for children and teens. If this is a passing interest, you may not want to invest the 40 + hours this conference takes. But if you really want to publish, there will be people here who will be able to help you get the best work possible in the time allotted.
Many people find this conference to be a life-changing experience as far as their career as writers or illustrators. It’s a long, hard week that attendees love. In fact, we have many return attendees–almost 50 % of the people who come have been here more than once.
2) Are the morning classes different than the afternoon ones?
Yes. If you sign up for a morning class, you will find yourself with several other writers just like you who are ready to improve their writing. You spend 20 hours in the same classroom with the same people going over your predetermined amount of work. Afternoon sessions are on craft, marketing, or what major publishing houses are looking for, etc. Morning sessions are to develop your craft and make your work as strong as possible. Those who are signed up for the morning sessions get the afternoon sessions at no extra charge. Those who are interested can take the afternoon classes only. Both are tremendous experiences.
3) What goes on in the morning classes?
4) Can I get college credit?
No, but teachers can earn continuing education credits. Click here for more information.
5) Is the conference still associated with BYU?
We are still supported by the English Department at BYU.
6) Are there classes just for illustrators?
There is a mini workshop, as well as several afternoon illustrator classes. It would be a good idea for an illustrator to sit in on a picture book class or two.
7) Who will be teaching in the afternoon?
Afternoon sessions start with the plenary—the address from our New York guests. During the week, all the morning faculty will speak. We will have a few guest lecturers as well, including Jennifer Nielsen as our Keynote. Click here for a full list of the Afternoon Sessions.
8) Will I have a chance to meet the authors and illustrators?
Sure. Our faculty is here to chat with you and answer your burning questions, too!
9) I’ve been to other conferences before. How is this one different?
This isn’t your typical two-day conference. It really is hands-on. You’re going to be working . . . hard! If you want to have a chance to make your writing the best possible, then this is the conference for you. Look over the website. Read what people have said about the week. Look closely at what your goals as a writer or illustrator are. Do you have the time? Is publishing for children something you really want to do? This conference is a true investment that has an incredible pay off. If you work hard, you will walk away a stronger writer or illustrator.
10) Where is the conference located?
The conference is located in Sandy, Utah, at Waterford School (1480 East 9400 South, Sandy, UT 84093)
11) How do I get into a morning class?
Go to the registration page and sign up. Please note that the Writer’s Boot Camp and Full Novel class are by invitation only and that you must have attended three years of this conference—or an equivalent program—to get into an advanced class.
12) If I sign up for a morning class, do I get to attend the afternoon sessions?
Yes, but not vice-versa.
13) Why don’t you offer paid pitches?
The downside of most traditional pitch sessions is that the agent goes in without reviewing your work and hears only your idea. It’s not much to go on. To successfully submit and publish, you need to back up that pitch with honed and polished writing. The WIFYR MFA-level quality instruction and personalized feedback will help take your work to a higher, submission-ready level.
14) Can I come if I’m still in high school?
Ages 16 and up are invited to the conference. Exceptions are made with special permission.
15) How much does it cost?
16) If I sign up and something happens, can I get a refund?
There will be no refunds after April 30th. If you cancel before this date, you will receive a full refund, minus a 20% administration fee.
17) I want to write a book but I don’t know where to start. Is there something at this conference for me?
Any mini workshop would be perfect for you. Also, any and all classes will be addressing the needs of its class members, no matter where you are in the process, though the Advanced, Full Novel, or Boot Camp workshops would not be the right fit.
18) What should I bring with me to the conference?
An open mind, the willingness to learn and take critique, something to take notes with, and snacks if you need them during the day.
19) Will I have access to food and water on the campus?
There are plenty of places to eat nearby and water fountains on campus. If you have a medical need, please don’t be afraid to bring food on campus. There is also a large, sunny room with places to sit and a few tables, as well as plenty of wonderful outdoor space.