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WCU Hosts Seventh Annual Young Authors Celebration

William Carey University’s School of Education will host the seventh annual Young Authors Celebration (YAC) on Friday, March 2. First to eighth graders from area schools are invited with their teachers and parents to attend this program. This year, over 600 students from nine schools are participating in YAC. Participants include Lillie Burney Elementary of Hattiesburg, Rowan Elementary of Hattiesburg, New Hope Christian Academy of Jackson, West Marion Elementary of Columbia, Runnelstown Elementary of Perry County, Thames Elementary of Hattiesburg, Purvis Elementary of Purvis, Tylertown Elementary of Tylertown, and Prentiss Elementary of Prentiss.

Educators who sign up to be a YAC teacher hold a writer’s workshop in their classrooms, where their students learn about the drafting, editing, and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. The students bring their books to the YAC event at WCU to share their work. All children who wish to participate are accepted.
The YAC event gives students the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, tour WCU’s campus, have lunch on campus, participate in a book fair, attend workshops on writing and illustrating, meet WCU student teachers and share their books with other students. A grant from Target will assist in making this event possible. For more information, contact Dr. June Hornsby, professor of education and director of student teaching at WCU, at (601) 318-6140.