Ninth Annual Young Authors Celebration at Carey

Hattiesburg, Miss., March 11, 2014 - William Carey University’s School of Education hosted the ninth annual Young Authors Celebration (YAC) on March 7. There were approximately 500 students from 12 area elementary and middle schools at the event, along with their teachers and parent chaperons.
The keynote speaker this year was Vaughn Wilson of Vaughn Wilson Photography. Other guest speakers included Rick Anderson of Clinton, Fluer Bradley of Biloxi, Kym Garraway Braley of Hattiesburg, Dr. Read Diket from WCU, Ginny Kemp of Columbia, Jean Sauls of Columbia, and Diane Williams of Jackson. Scot Jones of Hattiesburg, a local “magician,” entertained the students as they arrived.
Educators who signed up to be a YAC teacher held a writer’s workshop in their classrooms, where their students learned about the drafting, editing, and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. The students brought their books to the YAC event at WCU to share their work.
YAC began in the 1990s and is funded by Congress through the National Endowment for the Humanities to provide public programs in traditional liberal arts disciplines. Led by Dr. June Hornsby, director of WCU student teaching, and Dr. Barry Morris, associate professor of education, YAC gives students the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, tour WCU’s campus, have lunch, participate in a book fair, attend workshops on writing and illustrating, meet WCU student teachers,  and share their books with other students. Sponsors for YAC include Dr. Hornsby, Dr. Morris, WCU Office of Admissions, Barnes & Nobles Bookstore, Phi Delta Kappa, and the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.        

Students from New Hope Elementary School in Jackson pose with Biscuit the Dog at the Young Authors Celebration hosted by William Carey University School of Education on the Hattiesburg campus on March 7. Approximately 500 elementary and middle school students from 12 schools attended the annual event which encourages students to write and publish their own books.