2015 Young Authors Conference

I went to the 2015 Foothills Young Authors conference it was so fun!!

First I went to the keynote presentation by Marty Chan where he spoke about books, young authors and told us a bit about himself he took a spiral and I thought, “oh no hes going to hypnotize us” and guess what he sort of did!!! that was my favorite part of the keynote presentation!!!! marty chan talked about his life and how he began to like books.

Then, I attended James Grasdal’s “Cartooning As A Writing Strategy.” He taught me how to make a good comic. First, you must know a lot about your main character. We practiced this by having a volunteer become the main character. Mr. Grasdal picked a volunteer, and we raised hands to learn all about him to know what to put in a comic about him. Last, we drew a comic all about the volunteer, our main character!!!!!

Lunch was next I had a very big delicious hamburger. I didn’t finish it all. There was cookies too but I was to full!!!!!!

My next event was Lorna Bennett’s “Let’s Create Characters.” We learned how to create characters so they look very realistic, such as a dog named “Duge” (no, I did not name him). We also learned how to draw a baby pig vs. an adult pig!

Last, but not at all least, my favorite presentation was by an author my mom has actually met once before: Jacqueline Guest! She taught us “How To Dress Up A Skeleton” which means how to add detail and description to the Five W’s (Who, What, When, Where, and Why). It was fun to do story writing using these techniques. Finaly, we had an awesomely, amazingly fun game where we read out our stories on teams for points. My team tied with the other team.

At the end of the day, I went to the bookstore and bought five books with money I earned doing lots of chores. I even got them autographed by the authors! The books I am most excited about are The Ehrich Weisz Chronicles by Marty Chan. I’m also excited about The Fragile Bones by Lorna Schultz Nicholson because it’s about a kid with Aspergers/Autism, and I have ADHD with traits of Aspergers! How cool is that!

OK I’m being serious: words CANNOT describe how awesome the day was. If you don’t believe me go to the next Young Author’s conference and find out! I learned so much today my brain must be bigger!

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