Young Authors Festival Welcomes Aspiring Writers
Nervous excitement filled the Ozinga Chapel on Tuesday morning, May 5, as more than 200 elementary students filed in, ready to begin the day celebrating their achievements as young authors.
Trinity was once again host to the 19th annual Young Authors Festival, a festival dedicated to acknowledging young authors and encouraging their love for reading and writing. Students from several area Christian schools arrived eager to share their books and learn more about writing.
“It was a wonderful day,” said Joy Meyer ’78, assistant professor of education and one of the main organizers of the event. “It is thrilling to see students eager to learn about how they can become even better writers.”
The morning started off with a time of praise led by Vinnie Adams ’10 of Oostburg, Wisconsin. Trinity student volunteers then led their young protégés through three sessions of fun and learning. The children each had an opportunity to share the books they had written and illustrated and to discuss the writing process, from coming up with story ideas to getting them down on paper.
Visiting author Harriette Gillem Robinet, best known by the children for writing Children of the Fire, encouraged them to keep reading and writing and told them about youngsters as young as 4 years old who have had works formally published. She held a question and answer period about her books and her love for writing, and then she led the children through a short creative writing exercise.
Trinity’s TrinProv team offered smiles and laughter as they acted out several of the children’s own books. Dale, a fourth grade student, beamed with pride when TrinProv chose his book to perform. “I thought it was a great story and now everyone else thinks so too!” Dale said.
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