Young Authors' Festival

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

Young Authors' Festival 2019 | Saturday, November 9

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Everyone is invited to attend the Young Authors' Festival on Saturday, November 9, 2019 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

Special Guest Speaker

Jean Alicia Elster, author of the book The Colored Car 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.

Jean Alicia Elster
The Colored Car, 2018

Breakout Sessions

Children participate in three sessions for 30 minutes per session, so please register each child participant for 3 separate sessions (A, B and C). See below for descriptions of 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. Registration for YAF 2018 will be open from Oct. 14, 2019 at 8:00 A.M.

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Important Dates for 2019

  • Friday, October 11 : Deadline to receive writing contest entries
  • Monday, October 14: First day of registration for the festival
  • Friday, October 25: Writing contest winners notified
  • Saturday, November 9: 7th annual Young Authors' Festival
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Young Authors' Festival Sponsors