April 28, 2009

Teens Read Week

Last year I organized this thing called "Teens Read Week," mostly because I didn't like another teen books event, "Teen Reads Week." Don't mix us up.

It's a semi-annual thing where teen readers (and if it get successful enough, published authors) get together to talk about books and writing. I also organized a writing contest that, at our first and only Teens Read Week so far, got ten entries.

It takes place every year from May 1st-May 8th and November 1st-November 8th. (One week a year is SO not enough!)

Last year it took place on Stardoll.com, a girly website. This year, however, I have decided for the writing contest to be done via email and for the discussions to be done here. The password is TRW1 which stands for Teens Read Week Chat #1. This first chat will take place on May 1st, 7:00 p.m. EST.

There are quite a few differences between Teens Read Week and Readergirls' Teen Reads Week. First of all, we have a better name.

Second, Readergirls' Teen Reads Week takes place on Myspace, and not everyone has a Myspace. So it doesn't let people under the age of 14 take part. Teens Read Week does everything we (and by that I mean the organizer(s). I, so far, am the only organizer) can to make it accessible to everyone.

Third, Teen Reads Week focuses more on the authors they get to talk with us than the readers.

Fourth, the Readergirls on Myspace that created the events just created whatever they thought sounded good, whereas I ask the participants what they want.

Which brings me to this: Every night we start out with talking about a different book. What books do you want to talk about? There are seven days, therefore seven chats. Give me ALL your suggestions PLEASE. There are a lot of books out there, so I rather want the book I choose to be something we're all happy with.

Yeah, so.....come! I'll tell you all about the writing contest May 1st, during the chat, and May 3rd on the blog...Just a little incentive....No, I do not know what the prize will be yet. Can you suggest something? I might give a different award to everybody.

Lastly, I would appreciate it if you would spread the word about Teens Read Week.

Thank you!

Your BEDA Blogger,

P.S. Beneath the Hit Counter, I hope you notice the Top Commenters widget. I have put this here to a) say thank you to all that faithfully comment, and b) make you all jealous and competitive!


Dahlia said...

I'd like to suggest anything from my profile (there are waaay too many to list here), but I particularly like Anthony Horowitz, James Patterson, and Scott Westerfeld. :D

missy's storyworld said...

Scott Westerfeld's good. I haven't heard of the others ^^.

I definitely like your name for it better!!

missy's storyworld said...

Oh, and sorry for not commenting as much! I am apparently having trouble keeping up with my blog as well as everyone else's... even Ally Carter's. School calls [:(]

Maria said...

I really like the idea and will join u guys today. I've posted the event on my blog as well so it can spread like wild fire (though I highly doubt it). The more the merrier, I say!

For suggestions:
Anything from Scott of course, maybe MIDNIGHTERS since UGLIES is already being done.
I personally loved HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, but I dunno how many ppl have read tht.
In popularity, TWILIGHT always seems to attract the crowd, though I might add its been overdone.