Registration is open for the Canyon Crest Academy Writers’ Conference

Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club has opened registration for the 11th annual CCA Writers’ Conference to be held in person on Saturday, March 19 and online on Sunday, March 20. This event is the only free writing conference for high school students in the country.

Keynote speaker Michael Gaulden

The keynote on Saturday March 19 will be presented by author and speaker Michael Gaulden.

Gaulden received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is a former qualitative and quantitative researcher for the Black Male Institute at UCLA, a research institution. He is the current CEO of Creating First Impressions, a communication and work readiness organization for the homeless, foster families, juvenile court and all disadvantaged youth. Creating First Impressions also focuses on raising awareness for the homeless. Gaulden is a professional speaker and the first author of “My Way Home,” a memoir about growing up homeless in the inner city. Gaulden’s first picture book is slated for release this spring.

Additional speakers for the conference include: Gretchen McNeil, Alonso Nunez, Greg van Eekhout, Chris Hamilton, Amy Spalding, Nikki Katz, Nick Zayas, Demetra Brodsky, Gill Sotu, James Matlack Raney, Erin Grammar, Natalie Lakosil, Bijan Mostafavi, Aleta Barthel, Kevin and Nancy Langdon, and more.

Students can register here:

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In order to continue to provide this free experience to middle and high school students, the CCA Creative Writing Club is seeking individual and corporate sponsors. Individuals can “Sponsor a Student” for as little as $25 or become a Gold Sponsor for more. Sponsors can email [email protected] for more information on how to contribute.

Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, a longtime supporter of the conference, will be selling speaker books at the event on its website.