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7th Annual Idaho Conference on Youth and Children’s Literature and Writing

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Date(s) - 04/24/2015 - 04/25/2015
7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Boise State University
1910 University Drive - Boise, ID 83725


7th Annual Idaho Conference on Youth and Children's Literature and Writing

April 24-25, 2015

A conference for readers, writers, teachers, and librarians of youth and children’s literature

Sponsored by

Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI

Boise State University Department of Literacy, Language and Culture

Idaho Chapter of the International Reading Association, ICIRA



Featured Speakers:

Kristyn Crow, an author who likes to use rhythm, rhyme, and repetition to make reading a fun experience for children and parents everywhere. Books include Zombelina, Cool Daddy Rat, Skeleton Cat, and more.

Sean McCarthy, agent and owner of Sean McCarthy Literary Agency, a full service literary agency specializing in children's books of all ages.

Matt de la Peña is the author of four critically-acclaimed young adult novels—Ball Don't Lie, Mexican WhiteBoy, We Were Here and I Will Save You—and the award-winning picture book A Nation’s Hope: The story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis. In 2013, his fifth YA novel, The Living, will be released, along with his first middle grade novel, Curse of the Ancients

Suzanne Morgan Williams writes real books for real kids including Bull Rider and China's Daughters.


Gloria Skurzynskia prolific author for over 40 years of mysteries, science fiction, and non-fiction including The Virtual War Chronologs, Afterwar, and This is Rocket Science.

Conference Features:

         Get tips on improving your writing from established and upcoming authors.

         Discover publication paths from current authors.

         Earn graduate, undergraduate, or in-service (continuing education) credit through BSU.

         Hear manuscript critiques from an agent.

         Eat with participants and speakers.

         Park on campus for free.


When: Saturday, April 25, 2015

Where: Boise State University, Lookout Room, 1910 University Drive, Boise, ID

Book signing by authors:

Friday, April 24, 2015, 4:00-5:30 pm

Rediscovered Books, 180 N. 8th Street, in Boise between Main and Idaho

ICIRA Reception, Awards Dinner:

When: Friday, April 24, 2014, 5:30-8:30 pm

Where: Boise State University, Bishop Barnwell Room

Conference Workshops and Lectures:

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 7:30 am-5:00 pm

Where: Boise State University, Lookout Room



SCBWI members can register for the conference as well as add-ons: lunch, manuscript critique, Friday dinner at IDDCLW.COM. The base price for members is $100. For general or non-member admission, the base price is $130.