36th Annual Illinois Young Authors Conference held May 15 at Illinois State University in Normal.I was one of thirteen guest Illinois children’s books authors, illustrators and storytellers invited to participate in the
Co-sponsored each May by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Language and Literacy Council and The Illinois Reading Council, the event celebrates and honors exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8. More than 500 students and their families traveled up and down and across Illinois to participate.
A pre-conference informal Friday night gathering at the Illinois State University Barnes & Noble Bookstore featured a panel discussion and book sale.
On a terrific May day in 2010
I worked (writer-to-writer) with
Illinois Young Authors
Durand and Elgin
and so it goes.
The Land of Lincoln grows some mighty fine writers!
My writers had written
such as Storybooks
(tales of friendship and adventure)
And Non-fiction too, such as
Skits and Poems
No one, it turns out, wrote a memoir.
But Gillian wrote about her brother in the service.
All agreed: each wrote something unique.
I had to ask,
since I’m a Young-at-Heart Author,
one who so wished she'd grown up in Illinois,
"What does each of you love MOST about writing?”
Michael loved the drawing and the coloring.
Ryan loved thinking about something, then simply just writing.
Amanda liked expressing herself.
Ethan liked imagining.
Aziz liked sharing thoughts and Life experiences.
“You can redo writing if you want to,” said Hunter.
“I can write whatever I want to,” Jayce said
Jack Timbo likes writing a lot of stuff on paper.
Carson had the Very Last Word:
“Writing," he declared, "is a Miracle!”
(I could not have said it better.)