Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014



 Another awesome TABC has come and gone!

This year was especially epic. In the months leading up to the conference Writers Cubed spent endless hours preparing for the almost 500 attendees who would descend upon Utah Valley University to attend the fourth annual writing conference just for teens.

Once again we joined host, Rebecca Cressman on KSL radio to talk about the upcoming TABC and our amazing line up of authors. Author Sara B. Larson came onto the interview with us.



The day of the conference was high energy and exciting. The teens came ready to learn and have fun.



 They filled the Grand Ballroom.


 When our awesome authors filed in the kids went nuts!


J. Scott Savage, Tyler Whitesides, Frank Cole, Sarah Eden, Peggy Eddleman, Tyler Jolley, B.K. Bostick, Renee Collins, Kasie West, Jonathan Ryan, Lisa Mangum, Amy Jameson, Bree Despain, Sara B. Larson, Ally Condie and our first keynote of the day, James Dashner!


Dashner gave a terrific presentation that kept the kids riveted. We are all excited to see the movie version of his book, The Maze Runner, out this fall.


I had a good time getting to hang out with all of our authors. Dashner and Savage are rock stars.


 My friend, actor Richard Sharrah popped in to say Hi and the kids swamped him for pictures. And my buddy, author Jonathan Ryan flew out from Ohio to present a great class on writing scary stories to make your reader pee their pants.


Ally Condie presented at the end of the day. She is one of the coolest, nicest people on the planet.


She even wore camo for the occasion! (=



Every year we are so impressed by the caliber of writing we see in out First Chapter Contest entries. These are talented teens! We absolutely love the kids and enjoy providing this awesome day for them. They are the bright future of writing and they have a lot to teach us.


 We couldn't do it without our fabulous, crazy, author friends. Every year just keeps getting better!


Many of the classes were recorded. We will be posting presentations from TABC on TABC TV.
Check them out!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Actresses Joey King and Ariana Guido think Teen Author Boot Camp is awesome!


Teen Author Boot Camp is coming up! We are all so excited! This will be a big year! Check out our awesome line up of authors at the TABC website!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Geek Goes Rogue...Tribute to Grant McCune...Star Wars FX artist

As some of you may have heard, I am a new contributing writer on the blog Geek Goes Rogue. Follow me there!



(As the next Star Wars Trilogy is being filmed, we here at Geek Goes Rogue are holding our breath. One of the things that made the original trilogy so great is that the worlds looked “lived in”, unlike the shiny worlds of the new trilogy. Here is a tribute who made that look possible, Grant McCune written by our brand new writer, Jo Schaffer)
When my husband,Clark and I lived in LA he had the absolute dream job for two Star Wars geeks like us. Working as Art Director for a Visual Effects shop called, Grant McCune Design put us at the very epicenter of all things Star Wars (and I do mean the original canon not the shiny knock offs that came later.)
Even a lot of die hard fans have no idea who Grant McCune is. In the 1970s when George Lucas started ILM he hired Grant to make the models for A New Hope. Grant had previously been working as a lab technician at a hospital and at that point had only done models as a hobby. But when his buddy, John Dykstra landed his job with ILM he dragged Grant along...

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Death In the House of Life by Roland Yeomans

 I've enjoyed reading the mystical adventures of Sam McCord... and he's back. Roland Yeoman's latest book, Death In The House Of Life, is available now. Get it today on Amazon!

Before Indiana Jones ...
   Before Alan Quartermain...
      There was ...
Samuel McCord

Join the cursed Texican as...
   He clashes with the last survivor of an extinct species in the Missouri of 1848.
   He communes with the Spirit of the Earth in the Hawaii of 1866.
   He is betrayed into the hands of the British government in 1895 Cairo.
Thrill to his escapes from ancient death traps in the ruins of the lost city of Tanis.
Match wits with him  
   As he duels grey aliens and seeks to decipher the mysteries left behind by the aliens who were the basis for the gods of Ancient Egypt.
   As he seeks to save the world and his marriage from the monster that is the eternal beauty, Meilori Shinseen …
     The Empress of a race from beyond the stars
    … and his wife.
DOC SAVAGE had no wilder crew to back him up than does Samuel McCord –
Mark Twain … Oscar Wilde … 
The genius Nikola Tesla  
The undead Ada Byron, creator of the first computer language in the 1840’s.
And the incomparable She Who Devours, the model for the Sphinx …
Empress Meilori Shinseen … McCord’s beloved wife.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Teen Author Boot Camp 2014


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Hey, Boot Campers registration is open for TABC and you do NOT want to miss this year! We have an amazing line up of authors joining us. Including our fabulous keynote speakers:


 James Dashner is coming to TABC this March. We are super excited to have him hang with us. His bestselling books are climbing in popularity and The Maze Runner will be released as a major motion picture this year!

And we have totally scored to have Ally Condie come too! Her series Matched is a huge hit.



The other awesome thing this year for the attendees...we are having the event privately catered! No more cafeteria food! There will be a yummy lunch served up by The Brick Oven. Mmmm!

SO, if you are a teen who loves to write or know one who can get here...




Friday, December 27, 2013

3 Gates of the Dead by Jonathan Ryan


It has been far too long since I've read just for fun. I came across author, Jonathan Ryan online and decided to try out his recently released and much lauded thriller novel, 3 Gates of the Dead. Sooo glad I did! I was entertained, and creeped out, and thrilled... but I also felt like I had received something.
 Ryan is not only a good story teller, he's very insightful and adept at "showing", in a gently didactic way, some deeply human dilemmas and opposing philosophies that truly resonated with me. I read it quickly, due to his smooth and interesting narrative, and enjoyed it very much. I love a book that is fun to read but also makes me think. 
The characters are well drawn and the suspenseful story crescendos into a big, scary finish that you won't want to miss. This is the first in a series and I totally look forward to seeing what happens next in this spooky world that Ryan has created. 

BUY THIS SUCKAH ON AMAZON!!! CLICK!

Sometimes, the most evil things come from the most holy….
Conflicted with his faith in God and the hypocrisy of the church, Aidan Schaeffer, a young assistant pastor, is in a constant state of spiritual turmoil. When Aiden learns that his ex-fiancee is the first victim in a string of ritualistic killings, he finds himself in the middle of an even deeper fight. Tormented by demonic threats and haunted by spirits, Aidan throws himself into investigating Amanda’s death; all the while supernatural forces have begun to attack the people around him. The more questions he asks, the more he is drawn into the world of a mysterious Anglican priest, a paranormal investigation group and a rogue female detective investigating the murders. As the gruesome rituals escalate, ancient hidden secrets and an evil long buried threaten to rip Aidan’s world apart.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Peggy Eddleman's book launch for Sky Jumpers



The Cube had a chance to hang out at Peggy Eddleman's book launch last night. It was fun to see some of our other author friends there and celebrate the release of her much anticipated MG book, Sky Jumpers.
Random House has really gotten behind it. Looks like its going to be a good one! 


We're thrilled to have her present at our Teen Author Boot Camp 2014 in March.


We're so excited for you, Peggy! Congratulations!

Friday, September 13, 2013

TABC goes to SLC Comic Con

Writers Cubed had a booth at the first ever Salt Lake City Comic Con. There were over to 70,000 people there! Which is record breaking for first year Cons.


Crazy crowd in a fan frenzy! Many in costume! 

It was a lot of fun to have many of our Teen Author Boot Camp alumni stop by and visit us! And to meet so many new possible recruits.






Custom props courtesy of Schaffer Studios

At Comic Con we announced our two keynote authors for TABC 2014...drum roll...James Dashner (The Maze Runner Trilogy) and Allie Condie (Matched series)!!!It's going to be a fantastic year with our two keynotes and at least 15 other awesome, published authors.




Here I am with Frank Cole and James Dashner at Comic Con

And... I admit after the first day there I realized I needed to resort to dressing like Xena. Haha!
Here I am with "Xander" (Buffy) and "Hercules"!
Can't wait for the upcoming Teen Author Boot Camp! It will be a blast!






Monday, March 25, 2013

TABC 2013

This year we had an incredible group of authors hanging out at Teen Author Boot Camp.
(Cindy C. Bennet,  Tess Hilmo, J.R. Johansson, Clark Schaffer, Kiersten White, Jannette Rallison, J. Scott Savage, Marion Jensen,  agent Amy Jameson, Tyler Whitesides, Frank Cole, Jo Schaffer, Lois Brown, Margie Jordan, Shannon Hale, James Lewis, Jennifer Jenkins, Aprilynne Pike.)


We had a blast! Almost 400 teens attended! Can't wait for next year. We already have an amazing keynote speaker lined up as well as a handful of awesome authors to teach in our break out sessions.





The first chapter contest winners showed impressive talent. The future of writing is in good hands! These teens are talented!

Highlights for me : 
*A hilarious keynote by author, Shannon Hale.
*Interacting with all the great teens!
*Performing a skit/song with author, Tyler Whitesides. (Which ended with a kilted bagpipe player that made the audience roar!)
* Using my ninja skills to throw author, Frank Cole on his back. (; (Love ya, Frank!) 

Many of the classes and our hilarious promo video are available on our site! www.teenauthorbootcamp.com





Thursday, February 7, 2013

Teen Author Boot Camp Livestream!

 
ATTENTION!

Shine those combat boots and sharpen your pencils, Recruits. Teen Author Boot Camp, one of the nation’s largest writing conference for teenagers, is going virtual on March 16, 2013.

The Utah-based conference (created by WritersCubed) will host seventeen amazing presenters—including Newbury-award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy.) While the conference is in its third year, this is the first time it will be broadcast live on the internet. This will allow for teens nationwide to have the opportunity to join in the fun as well as teachers, librarians, and writers of any age.

The keynote address by Shannon Hale will be free for anyone to watch. A subscription to the entire Live Broadcast costs $4.99 and includes the following: (Remember these are all Mountain Standard Times, so adjust to where you live.)

9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.—Writers Cubed: Welcome

9:15 a.m. to 9:55 a.m.—Keynote by Newbery Award winner Shannon Hale (Princess Academy)

10 a.m to 10:45 a.m.—Tyler Whitesides (Janitors)  Class: Imagine and Create. 

10:55 a.m. to 11:40 a.m.—Janette Rallison (My Fair Godmother)  Class: Bad dialogue can kill a story.

12:50 a.m. to 1:35 p.m.—NYT bestseller Kiersten White (Paranormalcy)  Class: Plot Like a Villain.

1:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.—J. Scott Savage (Farworld)  Class: Finding Your Voice.

2:50 p.m. to 3:25 p.m.—Journey to Publication Panel: Agent Amy Jameson & authors Chad Morris, Tess Hilmo, J. Scott Savage, Cindy Bennett

3:35 p.m. to 4:20 p.m.—NYT bestseller Aprilynne Pike (Wings)   Class: World-building is the invisible foundation to your book.

4:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.—Writers Cubed: Closing remarks.

If you just can’t get enough of TABC, there is also an All Pass Subscription to the rest of the conference (including more than fifteen awesome presentations, including mine--haha). That only costs $9.99 and, as if it wasn’t a sweet enough deal already, you can watch the whole conference whenever you want for an entire year.

To register to watch Shannon Hale’s Keynote for free, visit www.teenauthorbootcamp.com and click on Livestream. It only takes a minute. While you’re there, check out the other presenters who will be teaching at the conference under the tab “Drill Sergeants.”

Stay tuned for details on how to win a subscription to the TABC Live Broadcast for FREE on this blog.


Lois D. Brown is a co-founder of Writers Cubed, a group of Utah writing activists who created the Teen Author Boot Camp in 2010. She is also the author of CYCLES, a top five finalist of The Kindle Book Review 2012. Please visit her website at www.writerscubed.com.

Friday, February 1, 2013

On the radio with author, Tyler Whitesides

Teen Author Boot Camp 2013 is getting closer and closer! Recently Writers Cubed went on the air with host, Rebecca Cressman, and author, Tyler Whitesides to talk about writing and TABC 2013!

Listen to the interview here!








 

Afterwards we got some breakfast!