Young Authors is looking for authors to present to students for a week in May.

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Young Authors is looking for authors to present to students for a week in May. Our Vice President, Gretchen Preston, says about the Young Authors conference:

“Authors of all genres are welcome. The audiences are elementary school students.  I think the older students would also be interested in aspects of writing such as : character development, research, editing, and illustration. Anything goes. Sessions are only 45 minutes. You can spend the day presenting to multiple classes or just do one presentation. Each day, Mon-Thursday is a different grade level; PreK and K, 1 and 2, 3 and 4, 5 and 6. So, there is a wide range of educational levels. It’s a fun day. I have always enjoyed the program. It’s a non-paying gig. You do get lunch. It is a great way to market to the schools, have fun with young students, and get them excited about writing. The students love to meet “real” authors. I highly encourage interested UPPAA members to volunteer!”

More information is available below from Katie Holt, who is the contact person. If you are interested or have questions, email her at:

From: katie holt <>
It’s that time of year when we start planning our specials presenters for Young Authors where almost 3,000 students from the UP gather to learn new things on campus at NMU! This is highlight for so many of our local students and the specials presenters are a huge component to the success of this wonderful program. We would like to have you volunteer as a specials presenter this year, if you are available. Our author this year is Aaron Reynolds. We are excited to have him be a part of our conference. You can learn more about him on his website: . You can also visit our Young Authors page at:
The week of Young Authors is May 6-9, 2019. If you are interested, please consider the following times for your presentation. Our conference is Monday through Thursday with three session times. You are welcome to present for one or all sessions.
The tentative session times are as follows:

  • 10:00-10:45
  • 11:35-12:20
  • 12:45-1:30

Please let me know if you are able to join us this year or if you have any questions! Reminder to please include the day(s) and time frame if you are available to join us this year.
Thanks so much! We greatly appreciate it!
Katie Holt

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