Great News & Why You Should Head to PA This Weekend

I had a wonderfully relaxing time floating in the cool, crystalline waters of Lake Michigan and catching up with family members. Best of all, I got the great news that Forget-Her-Nots was an ALAN (the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents) Pick for July. Check it out here. Also, white bellflowers and orange crocuses to all the readers who have written to tell me how much they loved my novel. I never imagined getting fan letters; it's awesome!

If you don't have plans this weekend, you might think about heading to West Chester, PA. A wonderful group of bloggers, librarians, and writers has put together a conference and book signing with an amazing list of authors. I'm so excited to be a part of it and especially to be doing a writing workshop. I'll be focusing on originality in writing. Here are the details. Hope to see you there!!

1st Annual 2010 PAYA Festival

August 21st      1pm-3pm

Center for Performing and Fine Arts, West Chester, PA

And, the authors* signing will be

Josh Berk (The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin)

Amy Brecount White (Forget-Her-Nots)

Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone, Ballads of Suburbia)

Jon Skovron (Struts and Frets)

Shannon Delany (13 to Life)

Jeri Smith-Ready (Shade, WVMP series, Aspect of the Crow trilogy)

Meg Medina (Milagros: Girl from Away)

Chelsea Swiggett (Rae)

Kieryn Nicolas (Rain)

Dianne Salerni (We Hear the Dead)

Jennifer Hubbard (The Secret Year)

Christine Marciniak (When Mike Kissed Emma)

Jennifer Murgia (Angel Star)

Shelena Shorts (The Pace series)

Ellen Jensen Abbott (Watersmeet)

Holly Nicole Hoxter (The Snowball Effect)

Andrew Auseon (Freak Magnet)

Cyn Balog (Fairy Tale, Sleepless)

That's EIGHTEEN fabulous authors signing from 1pm-3pm on August 21st.

But there's more...during this time, we'll also have other fundraisers going on, including:

-a basket raffle (featuring things like a signed book from MEG CABOT)

-a bake sale (so you can feed your chocolate addiction AND your book addiction)

-a used book sale (we'll have everything from picture books to YA to adult books!)

For the aspiring writers out there, it gets even better! We'll be holding TWO writing workshops!

Listen & Critique Workshop - Authors Josh Berk, Amy Brecount White, Stephanie Kuehnert, Jeri Smith-Ready, Jon Skovron, Meg Medina, and Shannon Delany will each be speaking on an aspect of writing they feel is most important. Attendees will then be split into groups of 3-5, each with an author, based on genre of writing. Each members of the group will read the first three pages of a WIP from another members and critique it as a group. The author will lead the discussion and answer any specific questions about writing by the members of the group. This workshop will run from 10am-noon and will cost $40.

Teens on Writing Workshop - Teen authors Chelsea Swiggett and Kieryn Nicolas will give an hour-long workshop on writing as a teenager. This workshop is geared at those 13-18 with an interest in writing - no work-in-progress is necessary. The workshop will run from 1pm-2pm and cost $10.

Both of these workshops will have limited spots and require pre-registration. Official registration forms will be coming later this week but if you'd like to reserve a spot now, send an email to bringya2pa[at]yahoo[dot]com.