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WriteOnCon - The Big Reveal!

If you follow Elana Johnson, Jamie Harrington, Shannon Messenger, Lisa and Laura Roecker, and/or me on Twitter, you've probably seen tweets about a Secret Project and (oh yes!) a VLOG we've been working on. Well, the day has come to unleash the epic and bring you in on the secret. BEHOLD! virtual embarrassment and revelation!



My first vlog, people! I know! I'm sorry! *DEEP BREATH*

Anyway! to recap for those of you at work, the six of us (linked above) and the website goddess Jen Stayroot are organizing a free online writer's conference for kidlit writers!

We’ve all heard friends and fellow writers remark on their inability to attend writer's conferences for one reason or another, and since we’re all about paying it forward, we decided to create our own and to bring it to YOU using the amazing capabilities of the web. And so, WriteOnCon was born—and rated MC-18 (main characters 18 and under).

When? August 10-12, 2010
Where? http://writeoncon.com/
How? Various forms of social media.

I can't even tell you how amazing it's going to be. No, really! We have a ton of great stuff planned and just look at the names already involved: Catherine Drayton, Steven Malk, Michelle Andelman, Suzie Townsend, Mark McVeigh, Joanna Stampfel-Volpe, Kathleen Ortiz, Lindsay Eland, Dan Ehrenhaft, Mandy Hubbard, Daisy Whitney, Lindsey Leavitt, Josh Berk, Anica Rissi, Jodi Meadows—with more to come!

I know, right?! *swoon*

PLEASE bookmark the website, subscribe to the blog feed, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook! There are some details available on the site but we'll be leaking more as we draw near the big date.

But before you go, let's have a spread-the-word-GIVEAWAY! All you have to do is spread the word someway, somehow (the more ways and hows the better) by Friday at 12 pm EST (leave a link, if possible) and comment on this post with a way to reach you. The prize is a WINNER'S CHOICE kidlit book sent right to his/her doorstep. I know, I know, I'm so lax! But please, spread the word however you prefer and put the widget on your blog, if you can.

I'm very excited to see what you all think! More details will follow, I promise. Registration opens July 1st! And make sure you stop by my fellow organizers' blogs for more contests and giveaway opportunities!

82 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Goodness!!!! This is so generous and awesome and... too many things I could say! Thanks for all of your efforts toward putting this together! Can. Not. Wait!!!!

    Marissa

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  2. What a really neat idea! I'm so upset I will be on vaca at that time. I'm going to miss the big event of the summer. Good luck to everyone involved.

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  3. Oh, and P.S. So looooved the video. Thanks for making my morning:)

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  4. You guys are awesome! The widget is now on my blog. :)

    janetsumnerjohnson.blogspot.com

    rjljohnson(dot)janet(at) gmail(dot)com

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  5. Such a fabulous idea! You are so inspirational!

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  6. YAY what a great idea! You're a rock star. Thank you!

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  7. What an awesome idea! And what a great way to pay it forward!

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  8. Casey, I'll admit I had no idea what you were up to. I know about the video, but the rest surprised me! I am so excited!!

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  9. You guys are all so frickin awesome! And hilarious. Can't wait.

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  10. This is the best! You have so many amazing people that will be there! I can't wait!!

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  11. I am soooo awed by you guys. Incredible event and I will eagerly join in. Thanks!

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  12. FAB idea! You ladies are awesome!
    I tweeted about WriteOnCon but not sure what the link is for the actual tweet itself: http://twitter.com/CambriaDillon. Now I just have to figure out the widget thing...

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  13. Oh, thankyouthankyouthankyou! Love this idea! And thanks for the contest!

    Facebooked: http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=100000367330976&v=wall&story_fbid=129720117048009

    Tweeted: http://twitter.com/BLandgrebe/status/16149987795

    Widgeted: http://brittanylandgrebe.com/

    brittany[at]brittanylandgrebe[dot]com

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  14. This is a great idea!

    I've Tweeted,
    Facebooked,
    Posted the link on my blog,
    and added the widget.

    THanks for doing this!

    My email is (sub . for the DOT's ) mrsDOTfarmgirlATgmailDOTcom

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  15. Very excited! Tweeting now!

    Thanks,
    Courtney
    stilettostorytime(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. What a great idea. I love going to conferences for networking, inspiration, and industry insight, but just can't afford to go as often as I'd like (especially the SCBWI annual in LA which is utterly fantastic!) I've posted the info and links on my various blogs as I'm sure a ton of others have done. You have such a cool lineup, especially great agents including my own wonderful, spectacular, super-supportive Suzie Townsend.

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  17. I saw the vlog around 6:00 am this morning. It made my day. I am so excited. Thanks for organizing this super wonderful event. I'll check out the website tonight after work & post a notice on Facebook & the Michigan SCBWI e-mail list and post another comment with the links. Thanks again. This is super awesome.

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  18. Wow - our choice of a kidlit book? And this conference idea is SOOO COOL. FREE. FREE. FREE.

    Love it.

    Posted it on my blog http://margoberendsen.blogspot.com and posted the widget.

    And yeah I'm finally "with it" in the kidlit blogging world - I am already a follower of all these blogs!

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  19. This is incredibly awesome. Really. <3 you guys.

    Widget's up on my left sidebar: http://acjblogger.blogspot.com

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  20. woo hoo!! you guys are AWESOME!!

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  21. This is so cool! You guys are amazing to pull this off. And the vlog is great :)

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  22. This is just a totally awesome idea. I stuck the widget on my blog. aliciagregoire.blogspot.com

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  23. This is so super duper awesome!

    I blogged: http://lchardesty.blogspot.com/2010/06/monday-mayhem-and-winners.html

    and tweeted:
    @lchardesty

    lchardesty at yahoo dot com

    You rock!

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  24. Hey -- way to go! I'm in. Gotta try that whole vlog thing on my blog. Nice work.

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  25. This rocks. So super excited. And loved the vlog.

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  26. I blogged:
    http://taffyscandy.blogspot.com/2010/06/online-writers-conference-free.html
    And twitted.
    And FB.
    And Myspace.
    :)

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  27. This is *so* on my blog: http://skyledavis.blogspot.com/

    Also tweeted, for what it's worth.

    This is such a cool idea. Way to go guys!

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  28. I think this is a good idea. Huck Finn and me fish that time of year, so he's at my house and he told me he stole Judge Thatcher's wig and Becky Thatcher's diary! (Becky's mad but we seen them fits before. Huck says she jerks n' twitches now when she fits, but we ain't afraid).

    Haste yee back ;-)

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  29. Sounds great! It's on my blog! Can't wait!

    http://demonicattractions.blogspot.com/2010/06/free-online-kidlit-writers-conference.html

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  30. Here's my links.

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/home.php?sk=lf and the Michigan SCBWI e-mail list. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MichKids/post

    I'm also going to let my writer friends know. I'm excited. I just hope I can attend after work.

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  31. I'm soooo sad that I'm going to miss this! I stuck the widget on my blog anyways, though!

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  32. Whoops! Forgot to leave a link:
    fantasticfantasyfan.blogspot.com (It's on the right side)

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  33. Great job with the vlog!!!! Can't wait!

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  34. Excellent work! Looking forward to getting more details!

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  35. Just joined on Facebook and subscribed to the feed.

    Now, if I could just figure out how to apply the widget to my blog. Darn it, I'm gonna have to email my web guy.

    Looking forward to the conference!

    K

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  36. Alrighty, I just blogged about your super amazing news. Check it out at http://kathrynpackerroberts.blogspot.com/

    I have the countdowner up and counting down. =) THanks for your awesomeness!

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  37. I'm so excited about this. You girls are amazing. And I loved the Vlog.

    Okay, I've tweated about it @stinall

    And it's mentioned on my blog (the widget's there, too) (www.stinalindenblatt.com).

    It's also been posted on the Canada West (that's half of Canada) forum. You can't access it, so just consider this a FYI. :)

    I can't wait for the fun to begin!

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  38. You all totally rock!
    This is amazing and I am so in!

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  39. You look to the v-log born, Casey. And this sort of thing is an answer to prayer as I can only afford one conference a year--and the budget's already blown.

    I'm blogging about this @ theyearofwritingdangerously.blogspot.com

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  40. Can't wait. Oh and awesome vlog. You guys are rock stars!

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  41. Super vloggers! Superb idea! Well done, ladies. Promises to be quite successful! I'm making mention in tomorrow's blog post!

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  42. Fantastic effort. Very much appreciated by all of us out here in Writerland.

    Your widget is now on my blog. http://thestorytellersscroll.blogspot.com

    See you there.

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  43. Can I say, that I love seeing all of you in the flesh, with VOICES and everything?? I'm so excited!!

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  44. This is very cool. I can't wait to be part of it.

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  45. Brilliant! I think this is great. I've got it on my twitter and announced it on a listserve for children's writers.

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  46. Lol! Man Casey, that video was hilarious! I didn't get a chance to watch it yesterday. Way to brighten my morning!

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  47. I already linked today before I knew about this contest, but I do like free books, so please consider giving me one. Here is my link to your link:

    http://middlegradeninja.blogspot.com/2010/06/authorillustrator-teams-and-online.html

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  48. Casey, I've already linked to my blog, but I have to say your video is adorable. And, um, I'm really digging your black/white kitchen tiles. :)

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  49. I really like your blog! I'm a new author and have enjoyed this new experience. I find that it's the most difficult and most rewarding. I'm also a graphic designer and love having that creative outlet as well.
    Thanks for your post! I will be back for more updates. :-)

    Melissa Nielsen
    frommysomewhatseriousmind.blogspot.com www.printhis.biz

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  50. This idea wins the internet.

    http://twitter.com/christinepuddin/status/16257294277

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  51. This is the greatest idea ever! I've already added the widget on my blog and put the date in my diary. :)

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  52. Totally awesome - I posted this on FB (it'll hit my blog & twitter soon) and am already getting love from my writer pals for the link! We can't wait!

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  53. You guys are AWESOME!!!!!! I have been wanting to go to a writers conference for ever! but can't afford and can't travel to one.......you guys are angels sent from the writers heaven!!!

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  54. forgot to say I am spreading the word on facebook http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&tid=1371402324816#!/nata.romeo

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  55. and I have your widget on my blog
    http://aritistadonna.blogspot.com/

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  56. Thank you so much for the comments, everyone. I'm so glad you're all excited. WE'RE very excited!

    And I'm glad you like the vlog. There were a million things I wanted to say about it, but I managed not to color your view of it beforehand. : p Go me!

    I hope you're all following WriteOnCon on Twitter, which is the best way to keep up with news and new faculty additions.

    We're gearing up for registration and can't wait to see you all there!

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  57. So I posted all about this on my blog, linked to all of you (because you are all awesome!) and put up the widget!

    I am soooo excited!

    http://marshasmusing.blogspot.com/

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  58. Wow,how super exciting. I want to be an attendee. I am going to pass the word.

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  59. Very excited about this! I retweeted your contest announcement :)

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  60. I blogged about this. I even opened a twitter account so I can tweet about it. But I cannot figure out how to make the widget work for my Windows Live Blog.

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  61. Oh I forgot to tell you can reach me at portalwriter@live.ca.

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  62. Woo hoo! The awesome conference is on my blog tomorrow and on my sidebar!

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  63. Blogged and sidebarred and blogged again!

    This is awesome! Thanxxx! :)

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  64. This sounds totally cool. I put it on my calendar so I won't forget.

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  65. I'm SO excited about the conference! I tweeted about it (@jessicacapelle) and have emailed practically everyone I know that has any inclination to write!

    you can find me at jessicacapelle (at) gmail (dot) com if I win- thanks!!

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  66. Love the vlog and I'm very excited about the conference!

    I blogged about it: http://ghenetwrites.blogspot.com/2010/06/listen-up-word-lovers.html

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  67. This is so awesome. I thought I'd left a comment but I don't see it, anyway, I did blog at http://triciajobrien.blogspot.com

    Can't wait to see what else you have in store--but how much more awesome can it get???

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  68. Hi, Casey! I blogged about WriteOnCon, posted the countdown widget on my blog, and tweeted about it several times this week.

    Such a great idea. You guys rock!

    jillewheeler (at) hotmail.com

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  69. This is awesome!
    I blogged about WriteOnCon and put the widget on my sidebar.
    You're a genius.

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  70. Doh! I missed the 12pm deadline, but I did tweet and FB about this... Awesome idea!

    Many blessings on this endeavor,
    Joseph Miller

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  71. OK - I'm LATE but I put this on my FACEBOOK and definitely plan on being there!!!! You are ALL so PHOTOGENIC and CASEY - you should be a film star - you are a NATURAL ACTRESS!

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  72. Fantastic -- however every time I try and access the website, Explorer crashes (and only this website). Are you having technical issues, I can't seem to access it?! (and really want to!)

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  73. Hi B Jas!

    I just had several people test the site in IE and we didn't have any issues. Our web person said it's often an issue of a spyware or malware on your computer shutting it down.

    Hope you're able to get on and check it out!

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