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I had the privilege of attending the Young Writers Conference (www.youngwritersconference.org) at El Rodeo Elementary School today in Beverly Hills.  I participated as a special guest, observing as a potential guest speaker at future conferences.  I recently connected with this group after seeing a banner on a local elementary school in my neighborhood.  After some research online and an encouraging conversation with one of the co-founders, I enrolled my 7 year-old in the 1-week summer camp at the end of this month.  During our conversation, the co-founder learned I was a writer and invited me to check out the conference for 8th graders today.

In existence for 14 years, this conference is a young writers dream.  It is meant to inspire and encourage 4th – 8th graders in their writing pursuits – whether it be blogging, novels, picture books, screenplays, songs, journalism, sports columns, travel magazines….  After experiencing the conference first-hand, I am impressed with all that the conference does to achieve its objective.  It is well organized and managed down to the last detail – online registration, speaker networking and student materials.

I left inspired and hopeful after hearing familiar start-up stories from many of the speakers.  I found community among the guest speakers and fellow writers.  I gained new tools for my own writing and ideas for my own speaker workshop.  I’ll have the chance to audition for a spot next March.

I share my experience today because it is another way that writers can stay involved with their craft, while providing oneself with opportunities for networking and giving back.  I am thrilled to discover this writing related activity that has the potential to fuel and energize me, connecting me to the readers I joyfully write for.

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About Stephanie Dreyer

Stephanie Dreyer is the founder of VeegMama, a lifestyle brand sharing new approaches to healthy living and eating. She encourages her readers to live their best life every day through food, wellness, and personal fulfillment. She is also a children's book writer and mom of three. Stephanie was most recently featured on KCAL 9 in Los Angeles and Chickpea Magazine. She is a contributing author in the #1 Amazon Bestselling Book, Sexy Fit and Fab Sirens. Her new ebook, VeegMama's Guide To Going Vegan is available on Amazon Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. Visit my blog at http://veegmama.com.

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