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Young Authors' Festival

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

Young Authors' Festival 2018 | Saturday, November 10

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Everyone is invited to attend the Young Authors' Festival on Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8:30 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.

8:30 - 9:00 am: Check-in and Light refreshments
9:00 - 9:50 am: Welcome and Special Guest Presentation
9:50 - 10:00 am: (break/transition time)
10:00 - 10:30 am: Breakout Session A
10:30 - 10:40 am: (break/transition time)
10:40 - 11:10 am: Breakout Session B
11:10 - 11:20 am: (break/transition time)
11:20 - 11:50 am: Breakout Session C
11:50 - 12:00 pm: (break/transition time)
12:00 - 12:30 pm: Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
12:30 - 1:00 pm: Book signing in the Gallery (3rd floor)

Special Guest Speaker

Mark Crilley, author and illustrator of the book Akiko on the Planet Smoo is the special guest speaker. The event 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.

Mark Crilley
Akiko on the Planet Smoo, 2001

Breakout Sessions

Children participate in three sessions for 30 minutes per session, so please register each child participant for 3 separate sessions. (Stay tuned - we'll post session descriptions here when registration opens in October.)

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.

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Important Dates for 2018

  • Friday, October 12 : Deadline to receive writing contest entries
  • Monday, October 15: First day of registration for the festival
  • Friday, October 26: Writing contest winners notified
  • Saturday, November 10: 6th annual Young Authors' Festival
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Young Authors' Festival Sponsors