|Everyone is invited to attend the Young Authors' Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Mardigian Library. Christopher Paul Curtis is the special guest speaker. The event also includes breakout sessions for children to develop their writing/reading skills and for adults to learn tips for supporting their children's literacy development.|
The Festival is FREE and open to the public. Registration is now open.
1. Your own happily ever after: Craft an untold tale in your own book. Get crafty and imaginative while creating your own happy ending using materials available. Q&A will help trigger imaginations and provide endless possibilities of creative fairytales.
2. Postcard Express: Say it, Draw it, Write it, Send it! Do you have something to say? Draw and write it on a postcard and send it to a family member or friend. Create a drawing and write a message on postcards. One postcard will be a thank you card to the guest author and the second postcard will be to a family member or friend.
3. And then... what happens? Create a collaborative twisting tale. Work together to construct not only the plot, characters, setting, and theme of a story, but also tell the story together as a group.
4. Picture this! Bring artwork to life using your own imagination Engage your imagination by writing a short story about your perception of a piece of thought-provoking and whimsical artwork that brings your imagination to life!
5. And the ending is... : Where will you take your character? Take the story into your own hands and have the ending play out how you imagine. We will read the first half of a story, and then you get to finish it. You may also choose to rewrite your personal favorite story.
6. Dribble, Shoot, Score! Poems aren't a bore! Dive into your sporty side while learning how to create and write your own shape poems.
7. Carnival of stories: What story do you hear in the composer's music? Listen to Carnival of Music and enjoy its story. Then focus your imagination on the animals and predict what animal you will hear next. After learning the story, listen to the music again to create your own story.
8. Tunes and Tales: Compose and craft a musical story! Music often has a way of making us feel deeply. Hear classical music, and then use your imagination to create a story or craft a picture of what you feel from listening to the musical pieces.
9. Think, Create, Illustrate! Let your imagination soar! Build your picture book! Choose from a selection of topics and learn how to assemble your own ten-page picture book.
10. Thanksgiving is on its way, what are you thankful for today? Craft a turkey to find out. After a Thanksgiving book read aloud, you will create a colorful, holiday turkey. You'll write a letter to a loved one for whom you are thankful on the back of this unique craft which doubles as a special gift!
11. Book Making Workshop: Make a Book: Make your own folded and scroll style books! Explore two forms of super-quick methods for making differently sized books from one sheet of paper without any needles, thread, or glue (magic!). You will also make a wooden spool scroll: an ancient design that today's writers are still using in creative ways!
For a map and directions to the University of Michigan-Dearborn, click here.
Young Authors' Festival Writing Contest for Grades 3 - 5
Christopher Paul Curtis's book, "Bud, Not Buddy", highlights the importance of family and helping others. We invite students to write a personal narrative, poem, or essay related to the importance of family. We also encourage students to write about personal family stories and memories.
Awards are given to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for each of the grades along with one grand prize winner. Students who win awards will be invited to read their entries at the Nov. 12th festival.
Writing Contest Rules:
Winners will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards and be invited to read aloud their entries at the Young Authors' Festival on Nov. 12, 2016.
Do not put the student's name on the entry. A second sheet must be submitted with the following information:
Contest Entry Due Date: Friday, Oct. 14, 2016
Entries must be emailed or postmarked by Friday, Oct. 14, 2016; late entries cannot be accepted.
Winners will be notified in late October or early November.
Have questions or need special accommodations? Please contact Sue Flannery at firstname.lastname@example.org or (313) 593-5236. Anyone requiring accommodations under the provisions of the ADA should contact us prior to November 1, 2016 to allow time for arrangements to be made.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn does not necessarily endorse speakers' views.