Young Writers’ Conference 2012 a Success!

Bob Kann, Storyteller/Author

The 2012 Young Writers’ Conference was held March 6th and 7th, on the William Penn Campus, to honor student writers.  It provided an opportunity for young authors to share their writing with peers, and introduced them to professional authors, storytellers, and other communicators.  Students attended workshop and writing activities. There were 208 secondary students and 29 teachers from 16 districts in attendance, and 542 elementary students and 85 teachers and parent volunteers from 20 districts and three non-public. 

Storyteller/Author, Bob Kann, of Madison, Wisconsin, author of 6 biography books, led a fun and entertaining fast paced session as he showed students how to tap into their “subconscious” creativity and use ready-made structures to create stories.  Bob used juggling, magic and punishing puns to share his joy of language and offered an interactive session for students. Students were literally out of their seats!  Young Writer’s walked away with strategies for confronting writer’s blocks, and new abilities to identify subjects for stories.  For some, hearing a cowbell, may remind them of this presentation.

There were breakout sessions on calligraphy, performance, poetry, puppetry, blogging, getting published, writing workshops, and many others.

A special “thank you” goes out to our presenters who helped make this conference a memorable experience for all participants, our teacher and parent volunteers, William Penn University and staff, and GPAEA consultants for making 2012 a success!

It was an exciting day full of rich experiences, helping students to discover new ideas that will spark their writing!

Shannon Johnson, Instructional Services Secretary
319-753-6561 ext. 1136

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