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.