What About a Writers Conference For Kids?

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I’ve been drooling at the thought of a this writer’s conference in San Miguel de Allende with Joan Dideon and Sandra Cisneros. I love both writers and really love San Miguel de Allende – it’s a beautiful little town. I saw my first Mexican parade there and was almost killed by torpedoed candy. Aaaah. Good times.

The conference got me thinking. What if schools had writing conferences for their young writers? Days with opportunities to select from developmentally appropriate sessions that interested each child?

I imagine the school could invite:

  • Visiting authors
  • Master teachers
  • Freelance writers
  • Poets
  • Journalists

Workshops and events could include:

  • Craft workshops
  • Journaling &/or art journaling
  • Workshoping sessions
  • Readings
  • Bookfair

What do you think? Wouldn’t this be amazing?

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  1. I would love to do this, but I think my fourth graders would be a little overwhelmed by multiple presenters on the same day. I plan visiting author days for my students that correspond to what we’re currently working on. Good sources: local newspaper, local community college, talk with guest presenters at your local Barnes and Noble, local writers, and teachers who have been published. It’s a great opportunity for kids to see that real people write.

  2. When I was in 5th grade I went to a young writers workshop. It was an application or selection deal, so only kids who wanted to be there were. It was a week long deal and I had a great time.