Writing for Charity

The Writing for Charity event I’ve talked about before is coming up this weekend, so if you’re in Utah and want some hands-on writing advice from a group of internationally published writers and illustrators, with 100% of the proceeds going to buy books for underprivileged kids, sign up now!

Our goal is to give a book to every child in at least ten Utah schools, which will probably come out to around 6000 books. These will be signed and, where possible, hand-delivered. The books to be given out will be purchased at cost, so no one is making money here–it all goes to the kids.

In return for your financial support (ie, your registration fee), you’ll get a day of writing assistance including a massive author panel, a smaller panel with genre-specific authors, and an even smaller workshop group with hands-on advice and critique. We’ll have a break in the afternoon followed by a big evening event with some huge authors like Brandon Sanderson and Brandon Mull. It’s going to be awesome, and you totally want to come.

If you can’t make it in person but still want to help (or even if you can make it, but just want to help more and get some sweet stuff), we’re also holding a silent auction with some very cool items. I, for example, have offered the following:

Auction item: Get Fictionally Murdered by Dan Wells
Dan Wells, Utah’s premiere horror author, has dark needs that must be filled–the voices say that someone must die, and that lucky someone could be you! The winner of this auction will appear, by name, in one of Dan’s upcoming thrillers or horror novels, where he or she will be gruesomely, shockingly, and/or spectacularly murdered. (If you would prefer to offer up your neighbor/lawyer/mother-in-law, that can be arranged as well; the voices don’t care who, they just want blood!)

If you’ve always wanted to go out with a big, public bang, this is your chance. I just submitted the item this morning, so it might take a bit before it shows up on the website; be patient, and keep trying.

7 Responses to “Writing for Charity”

  1. Juliana says:

    Looking forward to it! I requested you for the critique session but still haven’t heard exactly what we’re supposed to be bringing. Last year it was a single page to be discussed in a large group, so we needed to bring 10 copies. This year… haven’t heard… Any idea what we’re supposed to bring?

  2. erisian23 says:

    northern utah or central utah schools?
    just wondering as the kind of books you are allowed to give away could vary significantly.. different ban lists :)

    great cause, if i still lived in the state i would participate for sure !

  3. It sounds great. Wish I could be there. And hey, if I ever decided I have a burning desire to be fictionally murdered, I know who to turn to!

  4. Wish I could make it, but I’m up Canada… Hmm, I’ll have to see about supplying your Dark Voices with some sacrifices though. That could work very well.

  5. Hmm, I wonder how many authors there are out there that can have auctions where people pay for the chance to get killed. Perhaps that’s when you know you’ve made it big-time in the world of horror writing!
    This sounds like a really great event though. Wish I could be there!

  6. Hannah says:

    That is SO WICKED!!!

  7. Andrew jack says:

    I was outbid almost instantly but I want you to know Dan, it would have been awesome to have been killed by you…

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