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.