We're excited to announce we'll be holding this year's Young Eager Writers Conference at the Hilton Garden Inn in Charlotte/Southpark
Dates will be announced closer to 2021
4808 Sharon Rd, Charlotte NC 28210
**Parking is limited, so we ask attendees to carpool**
*The Hilton Garden Inn is offering discounted room rates for YEWCon attendees! This offer is only available to the first few people who book them.*
(subject to change)
Descriptions of keynotes, workshops, and guest speakers will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
GUEST SPEAKERS of 2020 CONFERENCE
Born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, Brendan Reichs graduated from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in History. He then moved to DC and enrolled at The George Washington University School of Law in Foggy Bottom. After receiving his law degree, he returned back to Charlotte with his wife. He worked three long years as a litigation attorney before he abandoned the trade to co-write the Virals series and later write his own YA series, Project Nemesis. Brendan is on the Executive Board of both the YALLFEST and YALLWEST young adult literary festivals. Currently, he plans to keep on writing novels until they drag him kicking and screaming from his desk.
Mason Deaver is a non-binary author who lives in Charlotte, NC, where the word 'y'all' is used in abundance. Their novel, I Wish You All The Best, was named one of Indigo's Top 50 YA Books of 2019, one of Book Riot's Best Books of 2019, and an NPR Book Concierge Pick. Typically, they're writing incredibly queer stories, but when they decide to take a break, they love gardening and baking.
Intuitive Book Coach Kim O'Hara started writing at the age of ten, and at 18 won the Best Short Fiction Award at Emerson College. Her first screenplay, American Reunion, was produced by the time she was twenty-five in Hollywood. Two decades and many films later, she now coaches authors of all ages through their memoirs, helping them to navigate trauma and joy in their words. She has published her own memoir, Kicking Abuse in the Ass. Kim speaks at conferences around the country about activating your story and listening to your intuition; the foundation to writing a book. You can find out more about her at www.astoryinside.com
Quentin 'Q' Bolden is a singer/songwriter with a direct, energetic, and passionate attitude. His sound blurs between different genres, including RnB, alternative, rock, and rap, and reveals an eclectic approach to songwriting and musicianship. Q is a jack of all trades. Before he was writing lyrics and recording albums, he was a well-established hip-hop dancer, traveling the U.S. to perform and choreograph for big-name conventions such as Dance Caravan USA. Today, Q continues to write music and build his new business, Bolden Audio Comics.
Melissa Martin is a senior at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte pursuing dual degrees in English and Psychology and dual minors in Linguistics and Cognitive Science. She is serving in her second consecutive year as editor in chief at Sanskrit Literary-Arts Magazine; she has worked with the organization since her freshman year.
Christopher Davis is the author of four collections of poetry: The Tyrant of the Past and the Slave of the Future, winner of the 1988 Associated Writing Programs award; The Patriot, published in the University of Georgia Contemporary Poets series, A History of the Only War, published by Four Way Books; Oath, to be published in March 2020 by Main Street Rag Press. His work has appeared in many journals, such as American Poetry Review, Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, and Ploughshares, and in many anthologies, including The Best American Poetry. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in literature from Syracuse University. He grew up in Los Angeles, and has been a professor of creative writing at UNC Charlotte since 1989. He lives in Charlotte with his partner, Brent. They enjoy gardening, reading, and frantically trying to keep their cat (Leroy) from breaking things as he scampers around the house.
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Bryn Chancellor is the author of the novel Sycamore (Harper/HarperCollins 2017), which was a Southwest Book of the Year, an Indie Next pick, an Amazon Editors' Best Book of 2017, and among Bustle's Best Debuts of 2017. Her story collection When Are You Coming Home? (University of Nebraska Press 2015) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, and her fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Gulf Coast, Blackbird, Colorado Review, Crazyhorse, Phoebe, The Common, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere. She is a grateful recipient of fellowships from the Alabama, Arizona, and North Carolina state arts councils and the Poets and Writers Maureen Egen Writers Exchange Award. A graduate of Vanderbilt University's M.F.A. Program, she is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Author of the Control Freakz series and Conspiracy Chronicles, Michael Evans has always loved to read and write in his free time. He's originally from Long Island, New York, but since moved to Charleston, South Carolina where, if he's not writing or attending high school, can be found at the beach or trying to walk his crazy goldendoodle, Skye. Michael is constantly looking for an adventure and loves to travel. Above all else, however, he would like to travel to the future, given it inspires much of his writing. Now seventeen, he's published three novels and four novellas. He's driven to write every day and hopes to shed light on the dark prospects of the future and spread the message that humans are the control freaks of our own future. You can find out more about him at www.mevansinked.com
Jacqui Castle is an NC author living in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville. Castle has been an active voice in her community for several years, having contributed to a variety of local publications, including Mountain Xpress, WNC Woman, Asheville Grit, and Explore Asheville. Castle is also an occasional co-host on Asheville FM 103.3 WordPlay Radio, which airs each Sunday at 3pm. Her dystopian science-fiction novel, The Seclusion, was named a Kirkus Reviews Best Sci-Fi Book of September 2018, a Foreword Indies Award Winner in Science Fiction, and was called a "must-have for all libraries and fans of sci-fi" by School Library Journal.
Ticket prices will be announced closer to the date of the conference.
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