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This year's edition of the Twin Cities Teen Lit Con was held Saturday, April 27, at Edina High School. Simply put, it was a fantastic event. And best of all, it was completely free!

Handouts from Teen Lit Con

“Oh wow! So cool! Thank you!”

Those were many of the replies I received at the Twin Cities Teen Lit Con, held Saturday, April 27, 2024, at Edina High School. I was volunteering at the Word Nerd button-making station, part of the Creator Space, which included everything from learning to make a flip book, using an old-school letter press, creating haikus and manga, playing plinko games and puzzles, to my personal favorite: The Shakespearean Insult Generator. Thou witless foul swine!

Not only did I learn to make buttons, but I also got to listen to some New York Times best selling authors (Marie Lu, Nick Brooks, and several others) discuss their creative processes and inspirations. Over the course of the day, there were breakout sessions such as creating your own superhero, crafting a short story, the art of anthology, visual storytelling, and even an illustrator/graphic novelist draw-off contest. There were also author signings, books for purchase, as well as T-shirt sales, but the best thing about this conference was that it was completely free!

Special thanks to MELSA, Metronet, Mackin Educational Resources, as well as Hennepin County Libraries and Edina high school for putting on such a fantastic event!

Written by

Mindy Braun
Resource Sharing Assistant
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