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Teen Connection Panel 2023

The Teen Connection Panel is your chance to ask authors Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark H. Parsons questions.  You will sit at a table in front of an audience of all the other conference attendees and speak into a microphone to ask your questions.  To prepare, you will need to read books by both authors and prepare 5 thoughtful questions to ask both the guest authors. You can ask our committee members for advice on your questions!


These grants include conference registration, continental breakfast, and lunch at the Colorado Teen Literature Conference scheduled for Saturday, April 15, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, Colorado. Conference participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the conference.


The featured speakers for the conference will be Wendelin Van Draanen and Mark H. Parsons. Additional workshops and speakers are scheduled on topics including writing workshops, new books for teens, local authors and publishing. Book sales and author signings are also scheduled.


ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades 6-12 and teens who are homeschooled are eligible to apply.  Teens may self-nominate or be nominated by a teacher or librarian. Participants must prepare for the panel discussion by reading at least two books, one by each of the featured authors, and by preparing 5 thoughtful questions or talking points for the discussion. Panelists are expected to attend the entire conference.


The deadline for this grant is April 1, 2023. All applicants will be notified of final decisions by email.


Applicants who do not receive a grant will still have an opportunity to attend the conference if they can find additional funding.


Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the Teen Connection Panel.

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