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Tell Me a Story: Annual Boise Children’s Literature Conference

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Date(s) - 04/26/2014
7:45 am - 5:00 pm

Boise State University
1910 University Drive - Boise, ID 83725


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Tell Me a Story

April 25-26, 2014

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

Sponsored by

Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI

Boise State University Department of Literacy

Idaho Chapter of the International Reading Association, ICIRA


Featured Speakers:

Jennifer Nielsen, New York Times bestselling author of The False Prince, The Runaway King, and Book 6 of Scholastic's Infinity Ring Series

Melissa Miller, Associate Editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children's Books

Gregory Taylor, librarian at Hillside Junior High School in Boise, Idaho

Kelly Gallagher, literacy education expert, full time English teacher at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California, author of Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About ItReading Resources: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School, Deeper Reading: Comprehending Challenging Texts, 4-12, and more.

Craig Lew, writer, author, animator, filmmaker

Elissa Cruz, Assistant Regional Advisor for Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI and leader of From the Mixed Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors, a high-traffic group blog and website about middle-grade literature

Neysa Jensen, Regional Advisor for Utah/Southern Idaho SCBWI

Plus professionals in Education presenting for ICIRA

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 editor.

         Eat with participants and speakers. Catered buffet lunch included. 

         Park on campus for free.


When: Saturday, April 26, 2014, 7:45 am-5:00 pm

Where: Boise State University, Lookout Room

Book signing by authors:

Friday, April 25, 2014, 4:00-5:30 pm

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

ICIRA Reception, Awards Dinner:

Friday, April 25, 2014, 5:30-8:30 pm, BSU Student Union Building, Bishop Barnwell Room

Dinner and keynote speaker, Kelly Gallagher

Sign up for dinner before April 19.

Tentative Schedule for Saturday, April 26

7:45-8:15 Check in                  Foyer in front of Lookout room

8:15 Welcome                         Lookout Room

8:30-11:20 First ICIRA Session          

8:30-9:20 SCBWI Keynote      Melissa Miller

9:30-10:20 SCBWI Breakout sessions

                Neysa Jensen, 15 Best Things I’ve Learned at Conferences

                Elissa Cruz, Middle grade books

               *Group Critiques

                Pre-paid Critiques with Melissa Miller

10:30-11:20 SCBWI Breakout sessions

                Jennifer Nielsen

                Melissa Miller

11:30-12:15 Lunch

12:15-1:00 Book Signings and Networking with Local authors

                Pre-paid Critiques with Melissa Miller

1:00-2:10 SCBWI Keynote, Jennifer Nielsen, ICIRA Breakout sessions

2:15 Snack, Lookout Room

2:20-3:20 SCBWI and ICIRA Breakout sessions

                Gregory Taylor, Book Talks: Uses for Classrooms and Pitches

                Craig Lew, New Publishing Platforms and Models

                Pre-paid Critiques with Melissa Miller

3:30-4:20 SCBWI and ICIRA Breakout sessions

               Jennifer Nielsen

               Melissa Miller

4:30-5:00 Door Prizes and Closing

*Group Critiques–Free:

Bring six copies of up to 500 words of your manuscript or synopsis. Those participating will critique manuscripts in the group. Facilitators will direct the discussions. At check-in, please let us know if you want to participate in the group critique.

Manuscript Critiques: 

Ten critiques are available with editor, Melissa Miller. You may submit the first 10 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced. You will have 15 minutes with Melissa at an assigned time during the conference. There is a $45 fee for the editor critique. E-mail your 10 pages to Neysa Jensen, by March 15, 2014. 

Credit options through Boise State University:

Undergraduate and graduate students students may take this workshop to earn 1 credit. Register and pay tuition fees on myBoiseState (ED-LTCY 494-1070 Workshop or ED-LTCY 594-1070 Workshop). For the workshop, there is a reduced fee of $80 for full-time students. 

Teachers, librarians, and administrators seeking continuing education, register and pay $60 for 1 in-service credit at the book signing on Friday, April 25 from 4:00-5:30 pm at Rediscovered Bookshop. Also register for the workshop as a SCBWI member ($110) or non-member ($140). You may also register on-line for the continuing education credit here:

Credit requirements for 1 credit undergraduate or graduate or in-service:

1. Attend and sign-in at the Friday night book signing at Rediscovered Bookshop from 4:00-5:30 pm.

2. Attend Saturday conference sessions. 

3. Read and critique one book from each author and write a reaction paper about the books:

Jennifer Nielsen

Kelly Gallagher

4.  Write a reflection paper on the conference.

5. E-mail your book reaction and reflection papers by May 12 to Stan Steiner:



Free Parking Instructions:

Lincoln Parking Structure (main entrance to the parking structure is off Belmont St.)

1. Park in any space not designated by a sign.

2. Note your space number.

3. At a pay kiosk (available on each floor by the staircase and on the first floor in the lobby), enter your space number, 1 for purchase ticket, select $10 per day, enter 1 (for 1 day event), select 1 for yes (Do you have a coupon?), enter coupon code, 20140377, press OK.

4. Take the receipt. No need to place on dash.

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