Ep 27: Writers Conferences, and Teen Voices

First, an apology about the sound. We recorded without realizing the air conditioner fan was running loudly. So, sorry about that.

Our first segment is about writers conferences: why are they important? Why should you go? What should you do there? What shouldn’t you do?

In our second segment, we pull out some old interviews we did at the Teen Writers Conference, asking teenage writers what books they’re reading and what they drives them crazy.

And then: games and pandering for cash.

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Some music from today’s episode (used under a Creative Commons license): “Oh Ma Belle” and “Where Do We Go” by Admiral Bob, and “Spanish Samba” by Ours Vince.

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6 Responses to “Ep 27: Writers Conferences, and Teen Voices”

  1. Gregory Lemon
    August 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    What Northern Utah Writing Conferences would you recommend? Is there an exhaustive list out there?

    I’d like to start planning my 2012 Conference Calendar. I went to StoryMakers this year (2011) and I’d like to attend more!

  2. MKHutchins
    August 13, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    I keep hearing that I shouldn’t have like it, but I loved Mockingjay.

    @Gregory — Storymakers was great! I don’t know what genre you write, but the LTUE conference at BYU, as the ‘cast says, is amazing, and happily very cheap (used to be free; it’s now $25 for non-students for the whole three days). It focuses on science fiction and fantasy, though I think there would be a number of panels applicable to anyone. Their website is http://ltue.org/LTUE.html.

    It also seems at conferences, I hear more detailed stories and experiences from authors, agents, and editors — things people don’t necessarily want to publish on the web for the universe at large to see, but are happy to tell a group of dozens of writers.

    • Gregory Lemon
      August 16, 2011 at 7:31 pm #


      I went to the Saturday of LTUE last year. That’s what encouraged me to go to Storymakers. I plan on going to all of LTUE & Storymakers in 2012.

      I’m writing YA Urban Fantasy. I wouldn’t turn down a good Genre/SciFi-based conference.

      When I listed to podcasts, I hear about conferences AFTER they happen and URLs to the conference is not provided. I would like to hear about them before hand so I can support and attend them.

  3. Krista
    August 13, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    A clone twin slave who is sent to the store to get a jelly donut is fed up with his master twin’s gluttony… uhhh… lemme see.
    His single act of defiance (he sucks out the jelly through the little hole and fills it with laxatives) and his resulting punishment (cleaning out the sewers) begins a revolution pitting twin slaves against their masters. The Twin slaves eventually reconstruct man’s DNA so it cannot be cloned, then build a spaceship and leave Earth to go colonize their own planet, where they build a Utopian society…until one of the Twins decides he’d like a jelly donut, and is too tired to get one for himself…

    Can we call it The Jelly Donut Inception?

  4. Heather Moore
    September 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

    I loved hearing what the teens were reading.

  5. Scroll Heatmaps
    January 6, 2013 at 5:05 pm #

    just awesome!

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