FREE – Saturday, February 27, 12 – 2 p.m.
All 7th and 8th graders who like to write are invited to register. Come together with other writers to compare ideas and be inspired to write something new. Acclaimed authors Delia Ray and Christian Schoon will join instructors from the Iowa Youth Writing Project to moderate this awesome event. Free pizza, open mic, and door prizes including a Kindle. Register below.
Delia Ray can remember exactly what she was doing when her lifelong fascination with old things began. She was building a fort in the woods of Tidewater, Virginia behind the 1830s-era farmhouse where she grew up. When she turned over a rotten log and found an antique key, the stories in her head began to spin. Delia is still dreaming up stories inspired by history today. The research for her books has taken her from the Royal Canadian Mountain Police archives in the Yukon Territory to an attic at the Alabama School for the Deaf to cemeteries and abandoned elementary schools scattered throughout the rural Midwest. Delia has published three non-fiction books about American history and four novels for young readers. Her books have received numerous starred reviews and been nominated for Children’s Choice lists in ten states. www.deliaray.com
Delia and her husband have three grown daughters and live on eight acres in Iowa City. One of Delia’s favorite spots on the property is the family treehouse, which has two floors, a woodstove, and a tiny porch overlooking the Iowa River that has been known to cure severe cases of writer’s block.
Christian Schoon grew up in small-town Minnesota, worked his way through college playing in a succession of rock bands, moved to California, wrote marketing stuff for the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, then wrote more stuff as a freelancer (scripts for shows like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, the animated Batman series, a few other things). These days, he and his wife live on a farm near Iowa City where they are enslaved by an unreasonable number of animals and he continues to write stuff, including the Zenn Scarlett books, which feature a novice exoveterinarian specializing in the care of big, dangerous alien life forms in a science-based cloister on Mars. Go Zenn! Christian can be found at his sporadically curated blog: www.christianschoon.com
The Iowa Youth Writing Project (IYWP) is a non-profit outreach collective founded by University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop graduates in 2010 that aims to join Iowa City’s unique literary heritage with Iowa’s larger community by empowering, inspiring, and educating Iowa’s youth through language arts and creative thinking.
Special thanks to The Mill for supporting of One Book Two Book and the Jr. High Writing Jam.