Posted by Sally Matheny on Sep 23rd, 2012 | 2 comments
@ Write2Ignite Writer’s Conference
10 Ways to 50 Dollars in 50 Days
by Sally Matheny
Word is rapidly spreading about an awesome writers’ conference that includes a track for teen writers. The Write2Ignite conference, held at North Greenville University, is a Christian writers’ conference for those who want to write for children and young adults. Workshops, editors, publishers–it’s all there wrapped up in a Christian environment.
The Write2Ignite conference is March 15-16, 2013.
Here’s the deal. If teens register by the early bird deadline (Nov. 1, 2012) the fee is fifty dollars.
Fifty dollars is an awesome deal, considering what all you get, but fifty dollars is still quite a bit, especially to a teen. Rather than just asking your parents for the money, here are 10 ways to 50 dollars in 50 days:
- This is a Christian endeavor. Share your writing pursuits with your church family. Invite them to your fund-raisers. Perhaps someone in the church would hire you to do work. Maybe your church will consider offering a scholarship.
- Conduct a “Parents’ Night Out.” Enlist help from two other teens (responsible ones!) and plan a night to babysit for parents. Plan for pizza, a wholesome movie, and games. If you charge $20 each for ten kids, you’ll have $200. Subtract money for food, and each teen should earn about $50 dollars!)
- Clean out your closet. What clothes can you sell on eBay or in a yard sale? (Check with parents first before selling). If you don’t have the time or expertise of eBay selling, find someone who is and cut them a deal. I give items to my nephew. He sells them on eBay and ships them. We split the profits 50/50.
- Clean the rest of your room (your mom might be so impressed she’ll throw in a few extra dollars!). Decide what you haven’t used in the past six months. Those handheld computer games might sell well on Craig’s List or at your local pawn shop. What about musical instruments, books, games, jewelry, etc.? (Again, check with parents).
- You’re a writer! Make some beautiful, homemade greeting cards to sell. Pen some original poems or thoughtful phrases inside.
- Are you crafty (in the creative sense)? If you knit, crochet, sew, or do woodworking, use these skills and make items to sell at a local craft bazaar. Check out the craft section at the library. You’ll find tons of ideas of things you can make and sell.
- Perhaps you’re a great cook. Again, tell people your fundraising purpose. Take orders for your special casserole or cake. This is great to do around the holidays.
- You can always cut grass, wash windows, and walk dogs. Smaller jobs will soon add up to $50.
- Go on a treasure hunt. Dig under couch cushions, in jean pockets and purses (only your own!) Search under car seats, in junk drawers and that old piggy bank. You might be surprised.
- Call Grandma. Sweetly suggest an early birthday or Christmas gift.
Hopefully, these ideas will get the ball rolling for you. What are you waiting for? The conference will be here before you know it!