What is the Colorado Teen Lit Conference?
CTLC is an annual event dedicated to promoting and celebrating teen literature. New authors visit and share their experience as do librarians, teachers and teens in specialized sessions. Here’s what teens from our library had to say about the event in April of 2019.
“My favorite part of the teen lit conference was when I talked to the author Bill Konigsburg after listening to him talk. I liked that there wasn’t anything set for that session. We talked about whatever we wanted without adults watching. We talked about his books and how he wrote them and got the ideas for them. It was worth my time because I liked the way he talked to us like we were his equals and not like teachers talk to most teens like in other sessions.”
-Sequoia Nelson, Young Activities Squad
“A valuable part of the teen literature conference was learning how to focus my writing. Being able to see different examples of how to organize a plot helped immensely. While it’s good practice to just let your writing flow, sometimes it’s better to organize details so the story can be better directed. I also learned how to visually organize a story in the “Novel Approach,” session. Two authors working on their novel showed me how to use titled index cards as chapters that can be moved around as needed on a cork board. I’m already imagining what strategies I might pick up from the next conference.”
-Kayla Shepard, Teen Writer’s Club
Want to learn more about this annual conference for teens? Check the calendar for Young Activity Squad and Teen Writer’s Club event dates or contact Andrew Asquith at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Conference fees (including lunch) and transportation is provided courtesy of teen programing budget allocated by the Laramie County Library.