Conference hopes to inspire young Park writers

Some of the authors attending the event include Kate A. Boorman, an author from Rimbey, who is known for her young adult fantasy series Winterkill. Supplied

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Young wordsmiths in Strathcona County will soon get the chance to fine-tune their skills.

The Student-to-Author conference, organized by Limitless Literacy, is set to take over Salisbury Composite High School on Saturday, Oct. 19 and the all-day event will give young writers a chance to learn from some pros.

This is the first year of the conference but Laura Comfort, director of the Limitless Literacy Society, thinks it could become an annual event.

“Things started moving in the spring but I also attend the young authors conference at F.R. Haythorne every year and I often get students or parents saying they would like another conference in the area,” explained Comfort. “It has been an idea for a while and now we’re finally making it happen.”

The conference will bring authors, illustrators and industry professionals to Sal to provide scribes with tips to become better writers.

“We have all different kinds of guest speakers coming that are authors of fantasy, fiction, non-fiction, graphic artists, illustrators, and more that all have a different type of artwork and storytelling,” she said. “We have workshops on approaching stories like puzzles, developing plot, visual storytelling, some of the session we have talk about heroes and villains and the differences between them, learning about foreshadowing, learning how to write dialogue, just everything you can think of. We even have info on the publishing aspect of it once you’ve already written a book and taking it to the next level.”

The event, which costs $30 per student, is being offered to any student in junior or senior high in the area. The goal is to reach around 200 students.

There will be three 90-minute sessions with authors, artists and other professionals who will provide their expertise in the industry.

“Students are welcome to come with things they’ve already written or are currently writing and when they choose a workshop to go to, they can polish their own work or get help on anything they are stuck on,” she said.

Some of the authors attending the event include Kate A. Boorman, an author from Rimbey, who is known for her young adult fantasy series Winterkill. Tayson Martindale, a graphic novelist from Edmonton known for Parker Purr: Cat Adventurer and his first graphic novel Box Boy, is another author set to provide some tips as well as Natasha Deen, an author known for her novel In the Key of Nira Ghani. Jeff Martin, another graphic novelist from Edmonton, known for the Hockeypocalypse series, will also be at the conference as well as many other authors.

There is also set to be a book and art sale at the event, which is cash-only. attendees can also win door prizes.

“Authors are more than welcome to do a reading from their own work and show off any artwork that they have. There will also be a book sale that runs throughout the day and there will be comic books and other published books available,” Comfort said. “At the end of the day, we will have an autograph session where people can get the books signed.”

For more information or to get tickets, check out the-stac.com.

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