Breaking In-Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference 2012

Believe it or not, there are multiple ways to get the knowledge, skills and networking that can prove integral to getting published.

There are many annual conferences throughout the year that are dedicated to providing knowledge and information to burgeoning artists and writers. Those that are hungry to learn more about the industry they want to break into. Many of us are familiar with the conferences that are put together across the country by organizations like SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and illustrators). But did you know that there are others?

For example, the 2012 Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers  Conference.  This conference is put together yearly by Industry Professionals looking to pass on key information to our community. Will Terry, an Educator, Illustrator and Writer of multiple Children’s Books who has taught at this conference has this to say in regards to it,

“I’ve had the privlege of teaching in the past for WIFYR back in 2009 and 2010 and let me just say that this is one of the best conferences for writing and illustrating in the country! People fly in from all over to attend and space is still available. In past years the conference has sold out so it’s not too late! I’ve talked with quite a few editors about this conference and many applaud it as one of the best in terms of quality of teaching as well as atmosphere. Their dedication to bringing you relevant and current information is really the key to their success.
There is a direct correlation to those who attend children’s book conferences and those who get published. You simply can’t do it on your own. You need to immerse yourself in the culture and expose yourself to the methods being taught by professionals. Think of it as a crash course in exactly what you need – not something you’re likely to find at your local college. If you can swing it this is well worth your time! ” 

So let’s heed the advice of a seasoned professional. If you are able to, make plans to attend the conference.

It runs from June 18-22 in Sandy, Utah. If not this year then maybe next! Keep your calendars open!

Follow this link to the website and to get more information on which courses are full and which still have space available!


  1. victoria marie pecsenye I am an author and illustrator seeking to find publisher and other interested in children’s books, also like to meet other creative people in the field and share work. I find being around other creative types inspires me


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