Aspiring Writers Encouraged To Register For ‘Writing For Children And Young Adults’ Conference At The University Of North Dakota, Sept. 30-Oct. 1

 Have a story in you? Then Writing for Children and  Young Adults is the conference for

Kurtis Scaletta and son, Byron
Kurtis Scaletta and son, Byron


This year the conference features four editors: Jennifer Arena of Random House, Elizabeth Law of Egmont, Brian Farrey of Flux, and Sharyn November of Viking/Firebird.

The featured author is Kurtis Scaletta, the online education director of The Loft in Minneapolis, and the author of three middle grade books, plus a baseball series under contract. Scaletta is a UND graduate and a former resident of Grand Forks.

The cost is $90, which includes lunch and attendance at all panels. Students may register for $45. The conference is held at the University of North Dakota Memorial Union.

Attendees may submit manuscripts to be read by the visiting editors. For the first time, attendees may submit as many manuscripts as they like. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a $40 fee, and we guarantee that an editor will read your manuscript. There are some limitations on length. Please visit for more information, or email Janet Spaeth, conference director, at

The conference begins the evening of Sept. 30 and continues through Oct. 1.