Writing and Publishing Great Books for Children and Young Adults: Writer's conference sponsored by the Cass County Public Library Foundation

Please note: There has been a change of venue for this event: Due to construction at the new Belton High School, we are relocating the Writers' Conference to Mill Creek Upper Elementary School, 308 S Cleveland, Belton, MO in the Media Center

A Morning with editor Cheryl Klein and author Katy Beebe
Saturday, June 28, 9 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Media Center, Mill Creek Upper Elementary School, 308 S Cleveland, Belton, MO
A benefit for the Cass County Public Library Foundation

9 a.m. Cheryl Klein: "The Big Stuff: Five Things Editors Want to See in Every Story"

What elements are common to all great stories—and does your book have them? In this talk, Cheryl will offer solid examples of the things editors and agents are looking for in your work and practical takeaways for incorporating those effectively within your manuscript.

10 a.m. Katy Beebe and Cheryl Klein: "Query Letters: Right and Wrong" Cheryl and Katy compare and contrast a terrible sample query letter with the actual letter that led to the publication of Katy's picture book BROTHER HUGO AND THE BEAR (Eerdmans, 2014). There will also be time for Q & A.

11 a.m.-12 p.m. Cheryl Klein and Katy Beebe: First Pages

Cheryl and Katy will read the first pages of anonymously submitted manuscripts and offer craft-based comments on them, providing all writers with valuable tips on how to improve that all-important first page. There will also be time for Q&A. Writers who wish to participate should bring three copies of the first 250 words of their manuscript, double-spaced, with the title and genre listed on top (Picture book/ Easy Reader / Middle Grade / Young Adult / Realistic / Fantasy). The author's name should not be included on the page.

Attendees will have the opportunity to send a query to Cheryl Klein after the program.

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where the many titles she has edited include The Nazi Hunters by Neal Bascomb, Divided We Fall by Trent Reedy, The Great Greene Heist by Varian Johnson, and Zoe Gets Ready by Bethanie Deeney Murguia. Cheryl is a 1996 graduate of Raymore-Peculiar High School, and the author of Second Sight: An Editor's Talks on Writing, Revising, and Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults. Please visit her online at http://www.cherylklein.com.

Katy Beebe is an Assistant Professor of Medieval History at the University of Texas at Arlington. She has a background in publishing with W.W Norton and as a former reviewer for Kirkus and the Riverbank Review. Katy is a 1996 graduate of Belton High School. Please visit her online at http://katybeebe.com/.

Pay via PayPal or return this registration and payment to

Cass County Public Library Foundation
Northern Resource Center
164 Cedar Tree Square
Belton, MO 64012

Questions: ccplf@casscolibrary.org or call Becky at 816-519-2660.

Directions from Kansas City:                       

  • Take I-49 or US 71 Highway South to 163rd Street Exit.
  • Turn right onto State Hwy Y
  • Turn right onto E North Ave (Business Highway 58
  • Turn left to stay on E North Ave (Stoplight/3-way intersection)
  • Through 3 traffic circles, continue straight onto W North Ave
  • Drive past Belton High School and turn left  (4th traffic circle) at the entrance for the sports complex
  • Curriculum building is located near the stadium.
  • Signs will be posted.


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