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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

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 (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. 1, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. to Nov. 9, 2018 at 5:00 P.M.

Session #1: Let's Make a ChangeStep into the author's shoes to revise and act out a fairytale.
Session #2: An Adventure Through TimeBe prepared to meet monsters, wizards, and other mythical creatures!
Session #3: Gobble, Gobble!Hear about Thanksgiving traditions past and present. Let's hear yours!
Session #4: Match the Word to the PicWork in groups to match words to their definition, opposite, and picture.
Session #5: Pictures Tell StoriesCreate your own story based on the illustrations of Chris Van Allsburg.
Session #6: Exquisite CorpseEEK! Collaborate with your friends to create a monstrous poem.
Session #7: Tag, You're It!Become an author as a team by creating a story.
Session #8: Drawing a Blank? Make your own Mad LibWork with a partner to fill in, illustrate and explain a Mad Lib.
Session #9: Accordion Book WorkshopLearn to make your own accordion folded books to fill with writing and sketches.
Register for YAF Here (via EventBrite)  
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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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