More as they come in.
Monday, October 25, 2010
- http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/244084.html & http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/245044.html & http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/244587.html & http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/244754.html & http://laurasalas.livejournal.com/245044.html
Here’s the SLJ piece.
Here are the #tag transcripts:
I’ll keep updating this as long as people keep recapping. Don’t forget to send photos to the Flickr site.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Friday, October 22, 2010
The conference starts on Saturday at Open Book (home of The Loft Literary Center). Check-in begins at 7:30 AM. I We hope you can all make it tonight--Friday night--to a reception followed by a presentation and Q & A about online critique groups by Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton. The reception starts at 6:00 and is also at Open Book.
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Update: For those who are local or driving to the conference: President Obama will be attending a rally at the U of M on Saturday. While we don't anticipate this affecting much, it may be helpful to keep this in mind when planning your driving routes to and from Open Book (as it's not all that far from the campus). Basically, avoid the U.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
The eating delights of downtown Minneapolis are many, and if you have extra days in town, I encourage you to explore (or ask me—I live to recommend). One dinner, however, is taken care of, and that’s Saturday night, when we close out the conference at Town Hall Brewery, conveniently located next the conference hotel.
The restaurant needs to know our order ahead of time, so we’ll be asking you to pick one of the following at check in on Saturday:
1. Raspberry Spring Chicken Salad: Grilled Cajun chicken on a
bed of house blend greens topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, red
onions, crumbled blue cheese and almonds—served with raspberry
cream vinaigrette on the side. Also available without chicken.
2. Seven Corners Burger: Our most popular burger… grilled ½ lb.
burger topped with melted provolone cheese; smoked bacon and
Oatmeal Stout BBQ sauce.
3. Fat Tony’s Sausage Lasagna: Homemade lasagna
loaded with Italian sausage, onions, mushrooms, roasted red
peppers, spinach, homemade marinara sauce and a blend
of ricotta, Parmesan, provolone and goat cheese.
Town Hall is a brew pub, so beverage options will abound—but you’re on your own there. If you’re bringing a spouse, let us know at check-in. We’ll collect $10 to cover him or her.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
1) Is the conference at the hotel?
No. The conference will be held at Open Book (details at this post). Open Book is a short walk from the conference hotel but there will also be a shuttle available to take attendees to and from the hotel.
2) Can I register onsite?
Yes. However, onsite registration will be cash only; no checks or credit cards. To be perfectly honest, we're not set up to take cash so exact change ($45 in any combination of bills) is greatly appreciated.
3) What all is happening?
On Friday evening (October 22), conference attendees are invited to a wine and cheese reception to be held at Open Book at 6:00pm. At the reception, we will distribute name badges and conference packets. Following the reception, YA authors Maggie Stiefvater, Brenna Yovanoff, and Tessa Gratton will be giving a special presentation (free to conference attendees) to discuss critique partnerships and their online lives as writers.
On Saturday (October 23), check-in (for those who didn't get their packets the night before) will start at 7:30am. Maggie Stiefvater will give the keynote address at 8:10am. Following that will be a series of concurrent sessions addressing a variety of YA blogging topics. Lunch will be served (courtesy of HarperCollins) and books of attending authors will be sold (lunch is a great time to have these books signed as well). The conference will conclude around 5:00, followed by a social hour, a reading by local authors, and dinner at 7:00pm. The schedule is available here.
4) I'm thinking about offering to host the KidlitCon next year. Should I schedule it the same month as my wedding?
No. (Many, many thanks to Andrew and Ben for holding the fort while I indulged in nuptials.)