Friday, August 20

Good News Friday: Charitable Authors!

Happy Friday, everybody! One of my favorite things about being an author is being involved in charitable causes. Sara Zarr and I belong to a great group of Utah-based authors and illustrators called the Rock Canyon Writers and tomorrow (Saturday, August 21) we'll be doing our 3rd annual Writing for Charity event, "A Book for Every Child," in Salt Lake City, Utah. Click HERE for more information. It's a really great opportunity not only for readers to connect with their favorite local authors; aspiring authors can have their writing read and critiqued by a nationally published author!
There's also a silent auction. Click HERE to see what all is up for auction (though more will be added for the event itself). Some items that are already proving popular are lunch with James Dashner, lunch with Brandon Mull, a picutre book critique by Kristyn Crowe, the not-to-be-missed opportunity to have Shannon Hale brag about you on her blog, a chance to be murdered in one of Dan Wells' novels, and getting to be a character in a Jessica Day George novel. The money earned from this event will go to putting books into the hands of underprivileged children.
Anyway, this is my Good News Friday post because yes, I wanted everyone who can come to come, but also because I am SO thankful to belong to a group that's so gung-ho about making a difference.
Photos: 1. Here is the Rock Canyon Group at last year's charity event which was at the Treehouse Museum in Ogden, Utah. 2. 8 of us sharing the love at the Purple Cow, an indie bookstore in Tooele, Utah (Mike Knudson, Wendy Toliver, Randall Wright, Emily Wing Smith, Kristen Landon, Sara Zarr, Jessica Day George, and Anne Bowen). 3. Emily Wing Smith, Sara Zarr, and James Dashner. 4. Anne Bowen, Emily Wing Smith, and Wendy Toliver at the Provo Library.


h. Raven said...

The Rock Canyon Writers is an awesome idea. It's so important to take the mystique out of writing, and let kids know that writers are real (live) people, and yes, they can do it too.

Thanks for doing this.

h. Raven

Sara Hantz said...

Wish I could've been with you!!!

Wendy Toliver said...

I agree 100%, h. Raven. And Sara, I wish you could've been there too. Actually, I did mention your book in our "contemp YA" session. :)