Festival Breakout Sessions
Child Session A-1: "We Are All Mad Here," Said Alice in Wonderland
Using Mad-libs, we will create crazy stories to share and draw.
Child Session A-2: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Telestrations: Start with a word or phrase; pass your word and see it
change as the rest of the group attempt to draw and guess your phrase.
Child Session A3: Can You Smell It?
Let's take a trip together through our noses. Come hang out with us and
explore different smells that will trigger different feelings for us to detail
in our writing and drawing.
Child Session A4: Moody Textures
Express your feelings through touch as you feel various textures and
explore the four seasons.
Child Session A5: Spooky or Scary Story Creation
Halloween's over, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy a fun story! Working with other kids, you'll use a unique story creation tool to make a spooky or silly story of your own to share!
Child Session A6: Turn the Page
Become an author! Create a story using your imagination with the help of
Child Session A7: Word Soup: We'll use the ingredients in our word soup to craft the perfect recipe for a perfect story.
Child Session A8: Heroes, Villains, and Everything In Between
Like Antoine de Saint-Exupery's "The Little Prince," we'll build characters
with traits of ...
Child Session A9: What's in a Fairy Tale?
Explore the magical world of Stega Nona.
Child Session A10: Make a Book
Learn to make books just by folding paper! Have fun decorating a paper
mache book box to hold your folded books.
Child Session B1-10: Repeat of Session A topics
Adult Session A: Connecting With Our Kids Through Reading and Writing
Connect picture book read-alouds to writing topics for you and your
children to explore.
Adult Session B: Meet with Gary Schmidt as he details the publication process.
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Young Authors' Festival Writing Contest
As students write a poem, narrative, or expository piece, some writing prompts they might consider are: What makes you unique or different? How do differences change things for the better? How is the world a better place due to our differences? What would the world be like if we were all the same?
If students do not want to write about a personal experience, they may write about someone they know, make up a character, etc.
Writing Contect Rules:
- Writing Contest Theme: Celebrating Our Differences.
- Students in the 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade may enter.
- Submit one piece of writing: essay, poem, or narrative. Illustrations may be included.
- 500-word limit.
- Writing must be original.
- Typed entries only.
- 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be selected from each grade plus one grand prize winner.
- Winners will receive gift cards and be invited to read aloud their entries at the Young Authors' Festival on Nov. 14, 2015.
- Do not put the student's name on the entry. A second sheet must be submitted with the following information:
- Name and grade
- Home address
- Title of contest entry
- School name & address
- Name, e-mail address, and phone number of sponsoring teacher or parent
Contest Entry Due Date: Friday, October 16, 2015
- Entries must be e-mailed or postmarked by Friday, Oct. 16, 2015; late entries cannot be accepted.
- E-mailed documents are preferred.
- Winners will be notified in early November.
- E-mail digital entries as an attachment to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mail paper entries to: Barbara Kriigel, Mardigian Library, Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn, 4901 Evergreen, Dearborn, MI 48128
Have questions or need special accommodations? Please contact Sue Flannery at email@example.com or (313) 593-5236. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the ADA should contact us prior to November 1, 2015 to allow time for arrangements to be made.
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