Festivals! Writing! Learning!
Mission: The WSRA Authors Festival Committee’s purpose is to partner with local reading councils in organizing authors festivals to promote reading and writing enrichment opportunities for Wisconsin students and build partnerships with local reading councils.
Authors Festival news
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2015-2016 WSRA Sponsored Authors Festivals
Highlights from the 2015-2016 Authors Festivals
Rick Chrustowski reads from one of his books at Lake Superior’s Young Authors Festival.
Lake Superior Literacy Council sponsored a Young Authors Festival March 31, 2016 in Superior Middle School in Superior, WI featuring Rick Chrustowski. 27 students and 16 parents attended Rick’s presentation on how he got the ideas, researched, wrote and illustrated his books. While the students learned to illustrate their stories, parents learned how to work with their young writers. Lake Superior plans to hold another festival next year.
Tom Watson signs his book at Rock River Reading Council’s Young Writers Workshop.
Rock River Reading Council sponsored a Young Writers Workshop April 9 at Marian University in Fond du Lac, WI featuring authors Tom Watson, Christina Hanrahan and Cody VanderZande. 96 students and 60 parents attended Tom Watson’s keynote where he talked about his books and how he illustrates them. He showed his audience how he illustrates his books and encouraged them to draw his characters. The students and parents then broke into groups to attend sessions with Tom, Christina, Cody and Rock River teachers as the authors talked about writing their books and the teachers led the students in writing activities. Rock River plans to hold their workshop again next year.
Miranda Paul leads a session at Midwest Wisconsin Reading Council’s Authors Festival.
Midwest Reading Council: On April 23 at the Cartwright Center at UW-La Crosse, about 60 students and 65 parents met Miranda Paul and heard about her journey from writing and illustrating books as a child, to giving up writing and illustrating, to deciding that there were books she needed to write and to share, to being an author from Wisconsin with three books already published and two more on the way. Miranda Paul said that if she can be a published writer from Wisconsin, others—including people in the audience in La Crosse—can be authors too, if they are patient, determined, and attentive to the world around them. In addition to the general session with Ms. Paul, students shared their own writing in small groups or participated in a writing workshop. Adults who accompanied their children attended a session by Kate Mayer for parents who want to nurture their children as writers, readers, and learners.
Lynne Jonelle shows young writers how to draw faces showing different emotions.
Northwest Wisconsin Reading Council, St. Croix Valley Reading Council and Eau Claire Reading Council sponsored a Young Authors Conference on April 23, 2016 at the WITC Conference Center in Rice Lake, WI featuring author Lynne Jonell. Lynne showed the young authors how she gets her ideas and builds a story giving her characters a problem to solve. She showed them how to draw characters’ faces showing different emotions while they drew along side her. Students also worked on an art project and shared their stories.
Northwoods Authors Festival
Non-WSRA Sponsored Authors Festival