Meet Gary Schmidt, Michigan author and two-time Newbery Honor recipient, at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Mardigian Library Saturday, November 14, 2015.

Everyone is invited to attend the Young Authors' Festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn Mardigian Library. Gary Schmidt is the special guest speaker. The event also includes breakout sessions for children to write, and for adults to learn tips for supporting their children's literacy development.

The Festival is FREE and open to the public. Registration can be found here.

Event Schedule:

Festival Breakout Sessions

For a map and directions to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, click here.

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:

Contest Entry Due Date: Friday, October 16, 2015

Have questions or need special accommodations? Please contact Sue Flannery at 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.

The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.