Young Authors Festival


If you love reading, writing and anything associated with literature, this event is the one for you. The Young Authors Festival is an annual collaboration between the University of Michigan – Dearborn’s Mardigian Library and the College of Education, Health & Human Services allowing children ages eight to twelve to compete and take part in writing workshops throughout the day. This event will take place on Saturday, November 9th at the Mardigian Library. The day event will feature breakout sessions, a writing contest award ceremony, a special guest speaker and a book signing. The festival is free and open to the public! Amongst the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders participating will be some of the undergraduate education majors who will have workshops set up with different activities for parents, students, and teachers to come to participate in. These workshops will not only allow children to develop their writing and reading skills but will also provide parents with activities, materials, and tips that can be used outside of the classroom to help their child with language and literature. The following is the tentative schedule for the Young Authors Festival:

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

We are privileged to have special guest speaker Jean Alicia Elster discuss her new book, The Colored Car. This book is inspired by her own family history and is about a member of the Ford family coming of age in Depression-era Detroit. Mrs. Elster took the time to discuss the book with some of our education majors this past week and they thought that the experience was very beneficial and one that they will remember for a long time. The education majors were required to read the book and come up with questions they had regarding it. Mrs. Elster was very open when talking to them and felt very comfortable sharing all of the details in her writing process giving the students tips and tricks when it came to writing. 

Even if you’re not a parent, education major or someone that is involved with the event, come by and participate in this very engaging and interactive day. Support your fellow undergraduate students and the activities they have come up with, hear Mrs. Elster speak on her book and spend time with some of the younger students and see what kind of stories they have written. 

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