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writing for charity conference, giveaway winners, and more!

Have you heard about the Writing for Charity Conference? It’s an amazing writing workshop where you can get your writing sample critiqued by a professional author, attend breakout sessions, and learn more about craft. All proceeds go to charity, and it’s insanely affordable (only $45 for the full day, including lunch, and $25 for the half day). This year’s conference is coming right up–it’s March 17th, 2012, at the beautiful Provo City Library. You can register here. A full list of awesome authors who are presenting is here (including Shannon Hale, who started the conference several years ago)!

Due to the fact that we have a new baby at our house this spring, I’m not participating in the conference part of Writing for Charity this year, but I did contribute an item to the Silent Auction–I’m part of a group lunch with several other authors (Brodi Ashton, Bree Despain, Matthew Kirby, and Emily Wing Smith) that is up for bidding at the conference.

I also wanted to thank you for your comments on the Breathless Reads tour and list the winners again–Bethany, Doug Soulter, Becky Wallace, and Jenny. So far, Bethany and Jenny have claimed their prizes! If I don’t hear from the other winners by this Friday, March 2, at midnight MST, I’ll pick again. Thanks again for entering, and to Penguin Teen for the books and posters for the giveaway!

Finally, the lone event that I have planned for this spring is coming up, at the Holladay Library on March 23. (Again, this is because of our new addition–we’re busy bonding and I’ve really limited what I’ve taken on for her first few months in our home.) While I imagine that I’ll start to do events again in a couple of months, this is the only public event that I have on the calendar…well, at all. So I would LOVE to see you there! I’ll be speaking and then signing books. You can find more info, including how you can get your (free) ticket, over on the Events page.

I think that’s all for now…I’ll be back next Tuesday with some answers to a few FAQ that I’ve been getting lately. Hope you all have a lovely end-of-February!




+ comments (5)
  • Mariam
    February 28, 2012

    Your AWESOME Ally!



  • Becca S.
    February 28, 2012

    Congratulations, Ally! I had NO idea!! Enjoy your bonding time!

    Totally wish I could make it to one of your events some day. I meant to take and send a picture of seeing Matched in German while we were in Zurich airport, but didn’t have my camera on me. So happy for the success you’ve had for all your hard work!



  • 02934420369895171800
    February 29, 2012

    This looks interesting…thanks for the heads-up. You’re right as far as the “affordable price” goes — I was looking up a conference/workshop Neil Gaiman was pitching and, while I’m sure it’s out-of-this-world, it was over 3000 bucks to attend.

    *looks around* Am I the only person that sounds like a lot to? For a writing conference set up for aspiring writers?

    I don’t know. Anyway. Thanks for the info, the easy links, and I hope everything’s going well for you and your family.



    • dbstevens
      February 29, 2012

      Heh. So that’s like my “007” number, only much, much longer. This is dbstevens @ kickingcorners.blogspot.com



  • Alice
    March 19, 2012

    Thanks for the info about the writing conference. My sister (the aspiring author) and I (the book geek) went and LOVED IT! I’d never known about it before, but I’ll be going again. Best wishes for bonding time.




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