Welcome to WriteOnCon—the exciting online writer’s conference for children’s writers everywhere!

The seven of us: Jamie Harrington, Elana Johnson, Casey McCormick, Shannon Messenger, Lisa and Laura Roecker, and Jen Stayrook started this project with a single goal: paying it forward. We’d all heard so many writers tell us they wished they could attend a conference, but simply didn’t have the time or money. So we decided to bring a conference to them—a free online conference that anyone could attend in the convenience of their own homes. And so, WriteOnCon was born. (Rated MC-18: for main characters 18 and under.)

The response from industry professionals has been overwhelming (check out our awesome list of presenters) and we’ll be adding more names as people confirm. In the meantime, we suggest you mark your calendar for August 10-12, and tell your friends so they can be here too. We’re working hard to make this the best conference we can, and it’s going to be—dare we say—EPIC!

Feel free to browse the site and see what we have in store. And check back regularly for updates. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by, and we look forward to seeing you August 10-12th!

~The WriteOnCon Team

69 thoughts on “Welcome!”

  1. I have had this thought a hundred times–and then went back to work or lunch or something. I am really glad people with the inspiration AND the ambition and brains to pull it off are going to undertake the project. It is a fabulous idea. The agents you have involved are all terrific. Keep me posted. If there is something I can do to contribute, tell me.


  2. Thanks so much for doing this. I WAS just today talking about this issue–affordable opportunities for critiques. It is so great that you’ve stepped up to the plate like this. I cannot say how much I appreciate your doing so.

  3. What a great opporunity. now if I just wasn’t on vacation during that time period. Hopefully if it’s a success you’ll plan another for the winter. Just a thought.

  4. This looks like it’s going to be very cool! I write almost every day for my blog, and I have started trying to write a YA novel…but I haven’t kept up with it. This looks like a great way to get back into, get some tips for myself, and ideas for helping my students!!!! Soo excited!!!!

  5. Wonderful! I am SO looking forward to this. Physically can not do a regular conference – pre hip replacement surgery. This is just wonderful! THANK YOU LADIES!!!!!!!!!!

  6. That’s pretty huge. I might have to write some kids stuff so I can join! Well, there is that unpublished non-fiction project, but that probably doesn’t count!

  7. This sounds great!!! Thanks for putting this together. I’m looking forward to registering and participating in the conference.

  8. Crystal Allen and I spread the word to our 217 local Houston-SCBWI members. Thanks for the inspired work that you are all doing on behalf of writers everywhere. All this to give your competitors a leg up–thank you!

  9. This is awesome! Might be the only conference I can get to this year, so I’m really excited! Thank you so much for arranging this…”thank you” doesn’t seem adequate, but it is heartfelt.

  10. Great idea, ladies! And the website looks fabulous. You’re brilliant and wonderful and…well, you deserve big huge bestseller success. I hope you get it soon!

  11. EEEEEEEEP! This is sooo cool! Partly because it is so generously awesome, and partly because I am soooo broke and there’s no way I could afford a conference. Thank you doesn’t quite cut it. Perhaps I will send you all Reese’s. 😀

    *slinks off to spread the word*

  12. This is AWESOME! Thank you SO MUCH for doing the live stuff in the evenings. That’s been my complaint with all other online events I’ve wanted to take part in. They’re always at like 2:30 and those of us who work aren’t able to take part. I’m looking forward to it!


  13. This is a very cool idea. Kudos to all of you for coming up with it. I look forward to participating.

    Kyle White

  14. I am so excited for this conference! Great idea!! :) Thank you so much for all of your time and effort to launch something so amazing for aspiring writers!!

  15. If/when I’m published, I’d love to be a part of something like this. Writers are such generous people, and I’ve been fortunate to know wonderful ones. Thanks for paying it forward.

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