Writing and Illustrating for Young Adults

"Like a Mini Master of Fine Arts at a Fraction of the Cost"

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    The Waterford School 
    1480 East 9400 South 
    Sandy, UT 84093

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Prepare to Publish 

Our number one goal? Help you become the best writer you can become. Yes, publication is important and we want that. Nothing is more exciting than finding out an attendee has sold a book or gotten an agent or both! But our number one goal has always been to teach people to write well. This conference is like a mini-MFA—at a fraction of the cost—with the goal of publication becoming a reality for more and more who attend.

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These people are ready to give you the advantage! Your book deserves to be read, so find the guidance you need with one of our experts. 

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  • Afternoon Session


    Gain access to all afternoon courses.

    • Amazing Courses!
    • One payment for a full week of afternoon courses!
  • Morning Sessions

    $545Prices Vary

    Choose a focus for the week.

    • Industry Experts!
    • Many of our experts have 15+ years as published writers. 
    • Amazing Networking Opportunites
    • No lag time or wasted time, professional experience. 
    • Small groups for quality interaction.  
  • Mini Workshop


    Choose a focus for a day.

    • Perfect opportunity to learn marketing. 
    • Learn about the publishing industry.


Heres what these nice people have said about us.

  • Meeting and interacting with trade professionals was amazing. Gaining their personal tips and advice was incredible! I chose the illustrator's workshop with Kevin Hawkes. What a delight he was to work with. That experience changed my life. I especially enjoyed the class lunch with our instructor and assistant. Julie Olson was fantastic! Everyone on campus was friendly, polite and extremely helpful.
    Patti Petterson
  • I just wanted to tell you how important your conference was to me. It was only my second writer's conference, but the absolute best! 
  • Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers is a combination of all the best kinds of children's lit events: it's a workshop, a networking opportunity, and a conference, with the feel of a retreat.
    Stacy Whitman


The Waterford School 
1480 East 9400 South 
Sandy, UT 84093

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Got a burning question? It may be answered already below!

  • 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. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.

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