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 YA authors of our modern era. Our special interest is to celebrate Pacific Northwest authors while introducing students to a variety of genres and subject matter and to 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.
Some of April 30, 2016’s Authors/Workshops: S.A. Bodeen and Quelching the Quit, Martha Brockenbrough and Help! I Can’t Finish This Story, Royce Buckingham and Writing Your Second Book, Justina Chen and You Had Me At Halo (and Hello),Carl Deuker and Fast Writing is Good Writing, Kevin Emerson and How To Plot Like a Pro,Colleen Houck and The Hero’s Journey, Lish McBride and Let’s Make Something Monstrous, Heidi Sschulz and Raise Your [Authorial] Voice!, Tamara Ireland Stone and Applying Screenwriting Structure To Your Novel or Short Story, plus more!
How you can help: To operate a program of this magnitude, COA West is looking to raise nearly $18,000. To reach as many students and schools as possible, donations of any value are welcome and appreciated. Funds will go directly to pay author honorariums, travel and lodging expenses, and meals, as well as for marketing and school outreach. COA West has worked hard to negotiate discounts and donations when possible; for instance, conference fees have been donated by PLU and many authors are donating travel expenses and autographed books. Whether you can contribute financially or not, please help COA West spread the word about this very worthwhile cause. They can be found on Twitter and Instagram (@cavalcadewest), and on Facebook (Cavalcade of Authors West). Please refer to their website for updates and information about this campaign and this project that are so important.