Sexual Harrassment Policy

The staff at Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers would like to restate our commitment to hosting a conference free of harassment and discrimination. We prohibit unlawful discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, marital status, age, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law in any

Author Interview with Ilima Todd

We are so excited to have Ilima Todd come to WIFYR next week to teach the Two-Day Workshop, “Crash Course in Writing”. Here’s a little about her: Ilima Todd was born and raised on the north shore of Oahu and dives for octopus with her dad every time she visits—otherwise she’s diving into books in

Author Interview: Ken Baker

Ken Baker is the author of the picture books Old MacDonald had a Dragon, Cow Can’t Sleep, Brave Little Monster, and the upcoming How to Care for Your T-Rex (2018). His Kid Boss and Zooks and Me series of middle-grade short stories are published on Amazon Rapids. He also invests significant writing time on chapter books,

Author Interview: Carol Lynch Williams

Carol Lynch Williams, WIFYR Momma, talks about how she started writing, who she always writes about and what she’s working on next. What books have you read from her? Check out MESSENGER and NEVER SAID, both recent publications.   The first story I remember putting to paper was about a magician who kept living puppets

Author Interview: Lindsey Leavitt

Lindsey Leavitt is the author of over a dozen books for kids, tweens, and teens, including the Princess for Hire trilogy, Sean Griswold’s Head, Going Vintage, The Chapel Wars, The Pages Between Us series and The Commander in Cheese series. She is a former elementary school teacher and present-day writer/mom/speaker/party animal (not to be confused with

Author Interview: Kathryn Purdie

Kathryn Purdie lives near  Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three children. Kathryn is a trained classical actress who studied at the Oxford School of Drama and was inspired to write this debut trilogy while recovering from donating a kidney to her older brother. What made you decide to start writing, and

Bryon Ghost Story Challenge

  Don’t forget our Bryon Ghost Story Challenge tomorrow at BYU! Come to room 4068 in the JFSB at 7 for an hour of writing the spooky tales. We will have treats and writing prompts to get the scary juices flowing. Who knows? Maybe you’ll write the next Frankenstein.

WHO ELSE WILL BE @ WIFYR 2016? (Part 16)

Amy White, Librarian: children’s literature specialist, Orem Public Library May I present Amy White, veteran children’s literature specialist at the Orem Public Library. The surprising thing about Amy is her transformation: she freely admits to having been a (former) non‑reader, but is now a converted bibliophile. “Yes,” she says, I was one of the worst