COA West’s Mission: The Cavalcade of Authors West (COA West) is dedicated to providing the secondary students of our region access to some of the best Young Adult authors of our era. Our special interest is to celebrate Pacific Northwest Authors while introducing students to a variety of genres and subject matter and to furthermore, promote reading and writing within our community. We provide for our participants an authentic writing conference experience where students can learn from the ultimate mentors: the authors of the books they are reading. We work in conjunction with the sister organization located in the Tri-Cities area of Washington called Cavalcade of Authors.
The basics: Who? Secondary students in Pierce County and their teachers and librarians. What? A literary/writing conference. The program is comprised of two components: 1) students reading novels by 15 featured authors and 2) a writer’s conference led by these featured authors. When? Saturday, May 2nd, 2015 Where? Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) in Tacoma, Washington
This year’s author line-up: Royce Buckingham, Kimberly Derting, Peggy Eddleman, Kevin Emerson, Kristin Halbrook, Kazu Kibuishi, Lish McBride, Mindy McGinnis, Richelle Mead, Marissa Meyer, Alyson Noel, Lisa Schroeder, Liesl Shurtliff, Terry Trueman, Leslye Walton, Staia Ward Kehoe, Jim Whiting
How you can help: While PLU is generously donating the facility and many of the authors are donating part or all of their appearance, there are still significant costs associated with running this conference for 450 students and their teachers. Please considering lending financial support to this fantastic event by visiting the Indie GoGo site below.