Young Authors Academy

July 8–13, 2019

Find yourself dreaming of the day you see your name in print for the first time? Spend your time either writing or thinking about what you’re going to write next?

Come to BYU July 8–13! Talk with local and nationally recognized authors, get your writing reviewed by your peers, meet and work with BYU English department faculty, stay in BYU campus housing, get your books signed by acclaimed authors and illustrators, take unique small-group writing courses, and spend a week with other students who love young adult literature and want to see their name on a cover, like you.

Authors for 2019 include: Lance Conrad, Tricia Levenseller, Jo Schaffer, Ellie Terry, Matthew Cordell, LeUyen Pham, Jason Chin, Doreen Rappaport, Franscico Stork, Erin Entrada Kelly and more! Attendees will get the opportunity to meet these authors and ask them questions.

Check out the Writers Block electives for this year! You will sign up for two electives when you register:

Shhh...It's a Mystery:  There’s something about a mystery that appeals to us all. Do you have a flair for detecting clues and guessing whodunit? or crave the a-ha! moment when the author lets us in at last. In this course, you’ll learn to become that brilliant author, drawing your readers in or keeping them at a distance, twisting and turning your way through a narrative. Come find your inner Sherlock Holmes!

Fiction in a Flash: Have you ever wanted to write a story but didn’t feel like trudging through lengthy exposition, character development, and long story lines? Well then Fiction in a Flash is the workhsop for you! We will explore ways to drop your reader right into a vivid place and intense experience. Our experiments and discussions will yield insights into this vital form of storytelling that is as world-creating as fiction. Bring your memories and your instincts for striking expressions and images.

Write Your Story: Sometimes real life can be stranger than anything we could imagine. And true stories, told well, still require creativity. We will delve into character development, creating scene stealing scenes, drama and find humor as we look into our own life experiences. Who knows? Maybe you'll find that you are your new favorite character.

Creating Believable Tales and Villains: Every story has two sides. How well do you know your villains and bad guys? In the Twisted Tales and Evil Villains Writers Block, we will explore evil motives, intense opposition, and learn how to create believable conflict in stories by studying existing evil villains and creating new ones to enhance the terror in your tales.

This camp focuses on children’s and young adult literature. We invite students who are ages 14­–18 to join us for this weeklong camp that corresponds with BYU’s Symposium on Books for Young Readers.

If you love writing and your dream is to become a published author, then this camp is for you!

Registration Information

Grade Level: Entering 8–12
Dates: July 8–13, 2019
Location: Brigham Young University
Tuition: $384.00

Optional Food and Housing: $220.00

Optional Food and Housing adds breakfast, dinner, and five nights of lodging in a BYU dorm.

For more camp information please call 801-422-1680.

Daily Schedule

10:30 a.m. Camp Check-in: Location TBD
12:15 p.m. Orientation
1:00 p.m. Writers Block
2:00 p.m. Writers Block
6:00 p.m. BBQ, Games
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Guest Speaker
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Writers Block/Free Writing Time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Free Time
7:00 p.m. Book Fair Extravaganza
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Author Visit
Noon Lunch
1:00–5:00 p.m. Writers Block/Free writing time
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Free Time
7:00 p.m. Book Scavenger Hunt
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Author Visit
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Conversation with Authors at BFYR & Writers Block
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:00 p.m. Free Time
7:00 p.m. Autographing Session at Books for Young Readers Symposium
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Writing Class/Author Visit
Noon Lunch
1:00–4:00 p.m. Writers Block/Free writing time
5:00 p.m. Free Time
7:00 p.m. Closing Party Dinner/Movie Night
10:00 p.m. Journaling/Devotional
10:30 p.m. Lights Out
8:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Camp Checkout