What is the Teen Literature Convention?
The Twin Cities Teen Lit Con is where authors, books, teens, & fun collide. There will be amazing authors, breakout sessions, & an action-packed Exhibit Hall (book arts, book signings, & much more). Teens have the opportunity to connect with their favorite authors, explore other aspects of being a part of a reading community, & attend workshops for writers.
How much does it cost to attend?
The event is free and open to the public. No registration required.
Who can attend? Short answer – anyone
The event is open to the public, but the event & activities are focused on teens. The goal is to give teens the opportunity to meet authors, learn about writing & publishing, & enjoy the literary fun. All readers of YA literature are welcome, but we want teens to feel that this event is for them.
Can I volunteer?
Librarians, teachers, media specialists, parents, & other adults are welcome to volunteer. No teens, please. We want teens to be able to enjoy the entire Con! Click here to see the volunteer announcement. Note: you may see teen volunteers—those are Sibley students. They are involved in planning the event, set-up, & more.
Will there be food available?
Yes—concessions will be open from 10:00-3:30. BRING CASH—there is no ATM on campus.
Can I buy books onsite?
Yes! We will be selling books in the exhibit hall. But bring cash or a credit card—there is no ATM on campus.
Can I bring my own books for authors to sign?
Yes, you may.
Is there an ATM available?
No—there is no ATM on campus.
Can I bring a class/bus of students with me?
Yes, please do! But if you plan to do so please let us know.
Where can I get one of those cool t-shirts?
If we have any leftover after all our volunteers are outfitted, we will be selling them at the front info desk after 2pm on the day of the event. There may even be a few ‘vintage’ shirts from previous years. First come, first served; sizes may be limited. Cash or card. Price to be determined.
May I invite a Teen Lit Con National author to my school the day/week before the event?
No, you may not. Our contracts have an exclusivity clause that means the authors may not do another event in the region for a period of time around ours. Why do we do this? There are two reasons:
• We want to encourage students to attend Teen Lit Con and be exposed to many authors; a school visit may discourage that.
• It is not fair to the other 200+ high schools & middle schools in the Twin Cities.
Please do not put the author in an awkward position by asking them to break that clause.
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