Young Authors Academy

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 19­–14! 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.

This year our featured authors are Matt Phelan, Dan Santant, Adam Gidwitz, Lauren Wolk, Tanya Lee Stone, and several local authors. 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:

Flash Fiction: How many words does it take to tell a story? Hemingway did it in only six. "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." Despite it's brevity, flash fiction can have a powerful effect on a reader. In this workshop we'll explore fiction techniques as we write stories in 1000 words or less. We'll also explore different flash fiction genres, from twitterature to sudden fiction.

Prose Poetry and the Senses: Developing writers tell their readers things, whereas skilled writers let their readers experience them. They hike us up to the green-terraced peaks of Machu Picchu or escort us to a concert hall to hear the rip and peal of Jazz, rhapsody of saxophones and trumpets. In this workshop, learn to enliven your writng with the power of senses. 

Memoir: Stranger than Fiction: Sometimes real life can be stranger than anything we could imagine. And true stories, told well, still require creativity. In this workshop we will study effective memoir writing, or artfully telling stories about our own lives. Who knows? Maybe you'll find that you are your new favorite character.

Chapter One: Creating Believable Characters: Creative writers need believable characters to people their poetry or prose. In this workshop learn how to use dialogue, actions, and descriptions to create dynamic characters--whether flawed, high-flown, comical, snobbish, bumbling, or spirited, or something in between. We'll rely on historical and modern examples, as well as literary and pop culture examples, to expand our character repertoire. 

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 9-14, 2018
Location: Brigham Young University
Tuition: $365.00

Tuition includes five days of instruction, writing materials, T-shirt, a printed anthology, lunch at the BYU Cannon Center, attendance to Books for Young Readers on Thursday only, book by one of our invited authors.

Optional Food and Housing: $170.00

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

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
8:00 p.m. Dance
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
4:30 p.m. Prep for Seven Peaks
5:00 p.m. Seven Peaks Waterpark
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 Books for Young Readers Symposium
5:00 p.m. Dinner
6:30 p.m. Books for Young Readers Symposium Author Lecture: Matt de la Pena
8:00 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/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