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Virtual Young Author’s Day 2020

September 26 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm


Author Jason Reynolds will keynote this fun free virtual event for children, ages 8-16.

8-8:45 AM
Mining Memories for Stories
Presenter: Wendy Wahman
A good story teller captures our imagination with compelling settings, characters and emotions. Why not pull settings, characters and emotions from our own lives? Learn how to tap memories for writing memoir or fiction. Video includes writing exercises.
9:30 – 10:15 AM
Spark your creativity: “Making an Insight Book”
Presenter: Wendy Wahman
Insight Books are made from one piece of folded paper. You don’t have to be an artist or writer to make one, just a willingness to let yourself be inspired by lines you’ve drawn on the page. A 10 minute video with instructions on how to make one.
9:30-10:15 AM
Age group: Middle School and High School
Writing Essentials: Tips from a Young Adult Writing Group
Meet a group of passionate high school readers and writers from Annie Wright Schools in Tacoma, Washington, who have advice on how to write a novel. They will give you tips on pitfalls to avoid, how to stay motivated, how to develop characters, and more. The workshop will be interactive and interspersed with writing activities. These are teenagers who have attended the PNWA conference, participated in NaNoWriMo multiple times, written novels, and have a lot to say about YA literature.
Panel: Lu Henry-Mitchell, Anna Parrot, Annika Christensen, and Kaitlyn Lawson
Moderator: Laura Barber
11–11:45 AM
Age group: All ages
How to Write Poems
Presenter: Kiana Davis
Drawing Materials: Color pencils, crayons, paint, pencil, and paper (optional)
Students will learn about poetry, and they will learn a few poetic devices. Students will be shown a picture and asked to write about what they see, hear, taste, smell, and feel about the image. This activity will help students begin the writing process and become comfortable writing. Students will also learn how to make digital poetry. Students will be encouraged to use a personal picture or use a picture from a free stock website that offers free commercial use images. Kiana will show students examples of digital poems. Students will write a poem called In My Life, and they will be given a guided poetry outline.
1 PM
Keynote by author Jason Reynolds. Reynolds is a New York Times bestselling author who writes novels and poetry for young adult and middle-grade audiences.

His most recent book, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, was a National Book Award finalist and was named one of the best books of 2019 by NPR,?The New York Times, School Library Journal, and more.
Born in Washington, DC, and raised in Maryland, Reynolds first found inspiration in rap and began writing poetry when he was nine years old. He went on to publish several poetry collections before publishing his first novel,?When I Was the Greatest, which won the Corretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent.
He has since written numerous award-winning novels, including All American Boys, the Track series,?Patina, Sunny, For Everyone, Miles Morales-Spiderman, and As Brave As You, which won the Kirkus Prize, an NAACP Image Award, and the Schneider Family Book Award. He is also the author of Long Way Down, a novel in verse which was named a Newberry Honor book, a Printz Honor Book, and best young adult work by the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Awards.
Reynolds’ forthcoming book, Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You, written in collaboration with author and historian Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, is a gripping, fast-paced, and energizing narrative that illuminates the many insidious forms of racist ideas and give readers the tools to identify and stamp out racist thoughts in their own lives. Based on Kendi’s National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning, Reynolds has re-imagined this ground-breaking work for young adults and provides an accessible book that helps young readers understand race and society.
Reynolds currently lives and writes in Washington, DC.
Co-sponsored by the King County Library System and Pacific Northwest Writers Association.


September 26
8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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