Writers Conference


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Sunday at the Writers Conference is for kids! Below is the full schedule for the Writers Conference for Sunday 11/4, with details about the programs and presenters. For our schedule at a glance, see the main Writers Conference page. Please register for this event, and then come and go as you please, attending whichever panels and programs you wish. If you are going to attend on Friday and/or Saturday, please register for those days separately

 

 

 

1:30 - 2:20 pm, Location: Carmack - Picture This

Want to write a picture book? Learn how to develop interesting characters, build an original plot, and make sure that the content of your story interests both children and adult readers. Ann Ingalls will be happy to share what she knows about this process.

Ann Ingalls passes the day exaggerating (writing fiction) or telling the truth (writing nonfiction). She has written nearly thirty books for young readers. Her books have won several awards: the 2015 Annual American Graphic Design Award and the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation’s "A Book Just for Me!" When given the choice between educating children or entertaining them with her writing, Ann chooses to do both!

 

 

1:30 - 2:20 pm, Location: Logan - First Lines That Grab You!

Angela Cervantes will lead this fun, interactive exploration of first lines to many favorite books. She will discuss what makes a great first line to a story, then will lead the group in some exercises to create their own. Students will write their own first line to their own story idea and share with others.

Angela Cervantes is the beloved and award-winning author of several middle grade fiction novels. Her first novel, Gaby, Lost and Found, was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014. Angela’s second middle grade novel, Allie, First At Last, received a starred-review from Kirkus and was a finalist for Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award. Angela also wrote the junior novelization of Disney Pixar’s animated film, Coco. Angela’s fifth novel, Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring, was released by Scholastic on March 27, 2018. Her next novel, Lety Out Loud, is a follow up to Gaby, Lost and Found, and will be released by Scholastic in 2019.

 

 

1:30 - 2:20 pm, Location: Pickard - Using Your Senses When You Write (Grades 6-8 only)

Sometimes you read a story, and the author makes you feel like you are right there with the  characters. How do they do that? On the flip side, have you ever tried to describe something to a friend and not been able to find quite the right words? In this class we will look at various ways to use description in our writing, and we will take time to practice!

Stephanie Morrill is the author of six young adult novels, including the 1920s mystery, The Lost Girl of Astor Street. She is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com and enjoys connecting with young writers in-person and online. Stephanie lives in the Kansas City area with her husband and three kids.

 

 

2:30 - 3:20 pm, Location: Carmack - Getting Started - Tell Your Story! Write Your Story!

Learn all about getting started. Angela Cervantes will take the audience on her journey from bookworm to published author in this fun and interactive presentation. Students will be introduced to how the book writing and creative process begins, then will start to write their own stories and share what they come up with (if they desire).

Angela Cervantes is the beloved and award-winning author of several middle grade fiction novels. Her first novel, Gaby, Lost and Found, was named Best Youth Chapter book by the International Latino Book Awards and a Bank Street College of Education’s Best Books of 2014. Angela’s second middle grade novel, Allie, First At Last, received a starred-review from Kirkus and was a finalist for Florida’s Sunshine State Young Readers Award. Angela also wrote the junior novelization of Disney Pixar’s animated film, Coco. Angela’s fifth novel, Me, Frida and the Secret of the Peacock Ring, was released by Scholastic on March 27, 2018. Her next novel, Lety Out Loud, is a follow up to Gaby, Lost and Found, and will be released by Scholastic in 2019.

 

 

2:30 - 3:20 pm, Location: Logan - Single Image Poems

An important part of poetry is imagery, creating a picture for the reader and appealing to the senses. In this workshop, we'll create single image poems from pictures and life around us.

Maryfrances Wagner’s books include Salvatore’s Daughter (BkMk) Red Silk (MidAm), Light Subtracts Itself (MidAm), Dioramas (Mammoth) Pouf (FLP), and The Silence of Red Glass. Red Silk won the Thorpe Menn Book Award for Literary Excellence. Her poems have appeared in many literary magazines including New Letters, Midwest Quarterly, Laurel Review, Birmingham Review, Louisville Review, Poetry East, anthologies and textbooks including Unsettling America:  An Anthology of Contemporary Multicultural Poetry (Penguin Books) and The Dream Book, An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women (winner of the American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation). Work from that book was chosen for American Audio Prose and was translated into Italian for Trapani Nuovo in Italy.  She is the co-editor of The I-70 Review, past president of The Writers Place, and the co-editor of the Whirlybird Anthology of Greater Kansas City Writers.

 

 

2:30 - 3:20 pm, Location: Pickard - Writing Letters to an Editor

Want to get your opinion letters noticed and heard? This session cover the ingredients for crafting a persuasive argument and the process of effective submission. After listening to a short presentation, you'll have the opportunity to practice what you've heard and share your thoughts with the room.

Anne Marie Hunter is a writer and photographer who holds a B.S. in speech and art history from Northwestern University and a M.A. in Art Education from Southern Oregon University. During the past 30 years, her work has included a wide array of newspaper, magazine, and corporate assignments and projects. In her pro bono projects, she has focused on supporting groups and organizations that serve those with special needs. You can view and read her work at annemariehunter.com.

 

 

3:30 - 4:20 pm, Location: Carmack - Comic Books and Superheroes

Anthony Oropeza will introduce his AMIGOMAN™ comic book character, explain why and how he created the character, and explroe how he had to become a writer and a better artist to convey his story and vision properly. He will share a slideshow as he chats with you, answer your questions, and pass around his actual artwork and an example of a script. He'll finish with a step-by-step demonstration of how to draw the head of my AMIGOMAN™ as you follow along and draw with him.

Kansas City native Oropeza created AMIGOMAN™ to have a superhero he and others could relate to, then learned how to make his vision a reality, founding his own publishing studio along the way. He describes himself variously as: a Web Development Coordinator, Comic Book Creator/Artist, Painter, Writer, Web Designer, Storyboard Artist, Marketer, Promoter, Social Media Specialist, Tutor, Coach, Foodie, Dishwasher, Laundry Guy, Cook, Want-to-be-athlete, TV Junkie, Parent, & Coffee drinker. Learn more at http://amigoman.com/

 

 

3:30 - 4:20 pm, Location: Logan - Breaking News!

Learn how reporters gather the news. You’ll attend a news conference about a criminal investigation and write a story for your local newspaper. You’ll decide which facts are most important to tell first and why journalists still use the inverted pyramid form that dates back to the Civil War.

Mary-Lane Kamberg is an award-winning professional writer and speaker with more than 30 published books for young readers, including The I Love to Write Book: Ideas and Tips for Young Writers and The "I Don't Know How to Cook" Book. Her work has appeared in Better Homes and Gardens, Christian Science Monitor, Kansas City Star, Swimming World, True West, and more. She is co-leader of the Kansas City Writers Group and founder of the I Love to Write Summer Camps for kids.

 

 

3:30 - 4:20 pm, Location: Pickard - Competition turned Community turned Connection

Poetry is one of many ways that we tell stories. Slam poetry allows us to get up on a stage, share our story, and have a conversation about it. This is valuable because, often, we aren't given a space to talk about our feelings, and slam poetry encourages that. Slam poetry is all about conversation, connection, but most of all, fun. Through slam, we can get to know more about each other, and focus on our similarities, rather than our differences.

Samantha Slupski is a poet and mental health advocate based in the heart of the Midwest. She currently serves as the Executive Director of Poetic Underground, Slam Master of Kansas City Poetry Slam, a board member for Fountainverse: KC Small Press Poetry Fest, a 2017 ARTS KC grant recipient, and was voted the 2nd best spoken word artist in The Pitch Kansas City's Best of 2017. She has been published in multiple online publications, on YouTube, and her debut book, "What Sits Between my Veins" was published in 2017 (EMP Press). She has been a competitor at Texas Grand Slam 2016 and 2017, toured nationally in Spring 2018, was a 2018 Kansas City Poetry Slam Nationals team member, and headlined the Melbourne Spoken Word Poetry Festival in 2018. Her work centers around how a body maintains survival through trauma, how she exists as a woman, and how she is learning to take up space. To find out more about Samantha, visit her website at www.samanthaslupskipoetry.com or on Instagram @samfromkc.