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Young Author's Day


When: 7/16/2015
12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Where: SeaTac Hilton Hotel & Conference Center
17620 International Blvd
Seattle, Washington  98188
United States


Join us for this FREE event as we explore and introduce young author's to the world of writing.
Writing Workshops and activities for ages 8-12. (
Please note: schedule is subject to change. No RSVP necessary.)

12:00-12:45 p.m.
Presented by Keynote Speaker Deb Lund

Deb Lund is a picture book author best known for her celebrated dinoseries.Deb taught for twenty years as a music and classroom teacher and elementary librarian, later creating and co-directing a small arts-based school.She has directed choirs, conducted workshops on writing, music, and environmental education, taught theater classes for kids, and led storytelling troupes and student book clubs. Her music and education background, along with her creativity, playfulness, and passion for kids and literacy, makes her a well-loved presenter at schools, libraries, and conferences.She actively supports writers, teachers, and students through her website and blogs, as well as in her popular continuing education courses for teachers. Among the books Deb has written are Monsters on Machines, All Aboard the Dinotrain, Dinosailors, Tell Me My Story, Mama, Play and Pray Toddler Prayers, and her newest, Dinosoaring.

BREAK: 12:45-1:00 p.m.
Autograph party for authors and illustrators.

1:00-1:45 p.m.

How Illustrators Tell an Author's Story Through Pictures
Presented by Illustrator Jo Gersham

Class description coming soon.

How to Plot a Mystery, Fantasy or Adventure Story
Presented by Keynote Speaker Deb Lund and PNWA Board Member Nicole J. Persun
Class description coming soon.

Bring Your Story to Life
Presented by Ingrid Ricks

Everyone has a story to tell—something funny, sad, emotional, or maybe even scary. The key is figuring out how to bring that story to life for your readers. In this workshop, YA memoir author Ingrid Ricks will share the secrets to telling a good story, and provide fun writing exercises that will teach you how to write a great opening and how to paint a picture with words.

BREAK: 1:45-2:00 p.m.
Autograph party for authors and illustrators.

2:00-2:45 p.m.
Movies That Were First a Book
Feature: Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief

Draw Your Characters: Guided Art Lesson
Presented by picture book illustrator Jo Gershman
In this step by step approach, learn how to draw your characters.

Presented by Lois Brandt author of Maddie’s Fridge.
Maddie's Fridge is a 2014 Christopher Award Winner, a nominee for the 2015/2016 Washington Children's Picture Book Award and a 2014 Top Mighty Girl Book For Younger Readers. 


BREAK: 2:45-3:00 p.m.
Autograph party for authors and illustrators.


3:00-3:45 p.m.

Movies That Were First a Book
Feature: Wizard of Oz

“My Dog Wrote This Poem”
Presented by Eric Ode

Eric Ode is an author, songwriter, and widely published poet. As a former elementary teacher, he gets kids excited about the writing process. He will use poetry and music to discuss pre-writing, drafting, and revising.

Presented by Samantha Vamos

Samantha Vamos is a Washington State Book award winning author for her picture book, Before You Were Here. 


 Please join us for our final autograph party 3:45-4:30 p.m.


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