CCA Writers Conference speaker author of ‘Top Ten Young Adult Book of the Year’

Canyon Crest Academy’s Creative Writing Club recently announced that Kristin Elizabeth Clark’s book, Freakboy, was named a Top Ten Book of the Year by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is a national association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18. Through its member-driven advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

Clark will present: “Don’t Forget Your Helmet! Tackling Controversial Subjects Head-on,” at the 3rd Annual CCA Writers Conference on Feb. 22, the only free writing conference for high school students in the country.

Clark said, “I’m honored to be invited by the Creative Writing Club to give a keynote at this unique conference. I’m looking forward to meeting young writers dedicated to their craft.”

Twenty-two young adult authors and other writing professionals, including international best-seller Lissa Price, will offer workshops on everything from Plotting the Bestseller, Fast and Furious: Writing Believable Action, and Grand World Building in Fantasy to Write Your Own Ticket and Spoken Like a Champ: Spoken Word Poetry.

Because of the generosity of conference sponsors OSIsoft, Summa Education, Chipotle, Entangled Publishing, Wells Fargo, and Double Tree Hotels, as well as fundraising by the Creative Writing Club, this event is free to high school students.

All San Diego area high school students are welcomed at the conference. Students should register ahead of time by emailing Workshops will take place in the Proscenium and Media Center, Canyon Crest Academy, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130.

The 3rd Annual CCA Writers Conference will be held from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Canyon Crest Academy, Proscenium and Media Center, 5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130. The event is for high school students, and is free. Students should register by sending an email to: