I write for children because I hope to inspire or teach something to our future. Through my words, I aim to make a difference in a little person’s life that may somehow then inspire change that will then impact that child to realize their full potential or make the world a better place.
Inspiring children to write their own stories would be the most fulfilling outcomes of being a children’s author. The Young Writers Conference does just that. I discovered this amazing writer’s program for my then 7 year-old daughter this past summer. She was just a year shy of the 4th grade cut-off, but was able to enroll in the summer camp anyway.
Since then, I have had the pleasure of meeting with Julie and Rena, founders of the program, and had the great opportunity of auditing a school conference during the year. It is a fantastic day-long program, put on by the students, that features guest speakers – writers of all genres (authors, song writers, screen writers, journalists, etc.) in workshops meant to get kids writing. The caliber of speakers is outstanding and inspiring in itself. The content that the kids take away from the day is priceless.
I have the great honor of presenting a workshop at the end of March at a conference being held in Redondo Beach. I can’t wait to hear what the kids think of my session.
YWC just went social. In the coming weeks, they hope to create a network of online resources for kids to explore the power of writing every day, year-round, on a multitude of social media platforms they are already familiar with. Check them out on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Young-Writers-Conference/116968335092730.