Young Authors' Festival

A Celebration of Writing for Students in 3rd-5th Grades, their Parents, and Teachers

Young Authors' Festival 2017 | Saturday, November 11

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Everyone is invited to attend the Young Authors' Festival on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's Mardigian Library.

The festival is FREE and open to the public.

8:00 - 8:30 am: Check-in and Light refreshments
8:30 - 9:50 am: Welcome and Special Guest Presentation
10:00 - 10:50 am: Session A
11:00 - 11:50 am: Session B
12:00 - 12:30 pm: Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
12:30 pm: Book signing in the Gallery (3rd floor)

Special Guest Speakers

Kristen Remenar and Matt Faulkner, Michigan author and illustrator duo of the picture book Groundhog's Dilemma are the special guest speakers. The event also includes fun breakout sessions for children to develop their writing and reading skills, and for adults to learn tips for supporting their children's literacy development.

Kristen Remenar and Matt Faulkner

Groundhog's Dilemma, 2015

Breakout Sessions for Children

Children participate in two sessions from the 11 selections below, for 50 minutes per session, so please register each child registrant for 2 separate sessions. (Adults attend a special session designed to support children's reading and writing development, but there is no need to make a selection.) Please note that session capacity is limited, so early registration is recommended.

Session #1: Thank a Veteran!Help us honor our Veterans by writing a thank you letter in commemoration of Veteran's Day.
Session #2: Nice to Meme you!Bring your favorite meme characters to life! A meme is a humorous image, video, or text. Memes spread rapidly by the internet. You will create a story using your favorite meme with props!
Session #3: Oh No! How did that happen?Let your writing flow while looking at unique funny photos. Let's giggle and laugh as we write!
Session #4: Create your Own Superhero: Past, Present, or Future!Create your own superhero that exists in the past, present, or future. Customize everything from your look to powers, as well as weaknesses!
Session #5: Step into Someone Else's ShoesDiscover your character's story in a bag of tricks. Write a journal entry as the character.
Session #6: Take a Chance with Your ImaginationWill your story take place on the moon or in the middle of the ocean? Will it contain a time traveling cat or a 100-foot tall dragon? Use your imagination to create your very own story.
Session #7: Create our story!Blurt out what you want us to draw and write. That's where the fun begins. You'll draw and write, too! What will we create?
Session #8: Starring You!You are starring in your favorite show where you will surely glow! Create your own comic strip where you will have an adventure with characters from your favorite TV show.
Session #9: Music, Objects, & BeyondYou will create a story inspired by music and objects!!!
Session #10: Roll a StoryGot a writing problem? We've got you covered! Test your luck and let your imagination run wild.
Session #11: Serial Box PrintmakingDesign, ink, and print your own unique image using a simple printmaking technique. Make a one-of-a-kind cover for your very own zine, and also a box to keep them in, and then start writing to fill up your serials!
Register Now (via EventBrite)  
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Important Dates!

  • Friday, October 13 : deadline for writing contest entries
  • Monday, October 16: first day of registration for the festival
  • Friday, November 3: reception and lecture for the "Golden Legacy" art exhibition
  • Saturday, November 11: half-day festival in library
  • Saturday, November 18: half-day family event in Gallery
  • Oct 27- Dec. 15: "Golden Legacy" art exhibition in the Berkowitz Gallery
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