A Worthy Cause

July 8, 2008

How cool are our local authors? This cool! (Thanks, Shannon!)

Writing for Charity

This summer have unfettered access to professional children’s authors, all in the name of charity! Saturday, July 19 several local authors will host a Writing for Charity event in Salt Lake City, with all profits going to The Wheelchair Project. Come hear writers talk about their process, how to write for a young audience, storytelling tips, and the ins and outs of the publishing business. In addition, have your picture book text or first page of your novel (the most important page!) workshopped by professionals.

When: Saturday, July 19, 9 am to 1 pm
Where: Salt Lake Main Library, 200 East 400 South, Salt Lake City, Utah
Cost: $45 (should be tax deductible!)
Event breakdown: 9:00 am — Registration
9:15 – 10:15 am — Panel discussion in the auditorium
10:30 – 11:15 — Break out discussions in topic groups
11:30 – 1:00 — Small group workshops

Authors and publishing professionals include Brandon Mull, Shannon Hale, Mette Ivie Harrison, Ann Cannon, Kristyn Crow, Becky Hickox, Kimberley Heuston, Anne Bowen, Aprilynne Pike, Laura and Tracy Hickman, Ann Dee Ellis, Mike Knudson, Sydney Husseman, Chris Schoebinger (editor), Amy Jameson (agent), and Wendy Toliver.

Space is limited, first come first serve. To reserve your spot, mail in the $45 registration fee.
Mailing address: 1176 E 2620 N, Provo, UT 84604-4132
Make checks to: “LDS Philanthropies” (the organization that runs The Wheelchair Project) and write “Wheelchair” in the memo line.
Also include: Your name, age, phone number, and area of interest–picture book writing, fantasy novel, or realistic fiction novel.

On the day of the event, bring 15 copies of the first page of your novel or picture book text (maximum word count: 300 words) for some hands on workshopping. If you don’t have a first page to workshop, don’t let that stop you!

100% of the proceeds go to The Wheelchair Project, a wonderful charity that donates new wheelchairs to people in third world countries, many of whom have never had one. A wheelchair can completely change the life of a disabled person, offering mobility, increased independence, and a chance to go to school or find employment. Because this charity is administered by volunteers with LDS Philanthropy, there is no overhead and every penny donated goes directly to purchasing wheelchairs. This is not a religious charity–the wheelchairs go to the needy regardless of their faith. Thank you for supporting this extraordinary cause!


Holiday Author Fun

December 11, 2007

Last Thursday night, the 6th, we had our Annual Holiday Author Party. The store was full, the wine flowed like, well, wine, and I think it’s a safe bet to say that everyone had a good time.

Our authors were as follows: Pat Bagley, Anne Bowen, Brandon Griggs, Shannon Hale, Becky Hall, Pilar Pobil, Dorothy Allred Solomon, Stephen Trimble, Judge Andrew Valdez,  and Sara Zarr. If you’ve been following news in the book world, you’ll know that three of them require special congratulations:

It was our last event of the year, and a great send-off. But not to worry — we’ve got plenty of things planned for next year, so keep your eye on our Event Calendar!