MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – Aspiring writers from around the Upper Peninsula had the opportunity to work on their craft at Northern Michigan University.
13 schools and nearly 3000 children have gathered on NMU’s campus for the past 4 days for the annual young authors conference from May 8th-11th.
Those who attended the conference were able to meet with a professional author, share their own work, and participate in a workshop activity.
“I wrote 5 books,” remarked one first grader. He said the books he wrote were about his favorite animals.
Children’s author Jerry Pallotta was able to present one of his books with the students. After his presentation the children were able to create their own writings which were inspired by the author.
“The responses they gave, the cute drawings they made, and the names they gave their [story], it was cute to see them connect something in their own life to a Jerry Pollota book,” said Katie Ferguson, an organizer of the young authors conference.
The conference only lasts 4 days but students work on literacy projects throughout the entire school year.