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Media Advisory: Washburn University to Host Literature Festival Featuring Sharon Draper

10/09/17 11:10 am CDT

WHAT: Washburn University will host the annual Literature Festival, featuring children’s and young adult author Sharon Draper. Draper will speak on her books, “Stella by Starlight” and “Copper Sun.” After Draper’s presentation, there will be several breakout sessions for approximately 400 elementary, middle, and high school attendees from northeast Kansas.

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10

WHERE: Memorial Union, Washburn University
Sharon Draper’s presentation will be in Washburn Room A, Memorial Union
Breakout Sessions will be in various rooms of the Memorial Union

WHO: Children’s and young adult author Sharon Draper, Washburn University students, elementary, middle, and high school students and teachers

VISUALS: Sharon Draper, breakout sessions with students

DETAILS: Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. and the festival begins with Draper’s presentation at 9:00 a.m. After Draper’s presentation concludes at approximately 10:00 a.m., students will attend breakout sessions, including book talks, Q&A with Sharon Draper, and discussion groups about her books. Several Washburn University middle school language arts and English education pre-service teachers will lead breakout sessions. After the conference concludes at 2:30 p.m., Draper will be available to sign books.

Sharon Draper is an American children's writer and a professional educator. She was named the 1997 National Teacher of the Year. She is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for books about the African-American experience. She may be known best for the Hazelwood High trilogy, Jericho trilogy, and for her historical novel “Copper Sun.” Other books include “Double Dutch,” “Out of My Mind,” “Romiette and Julio,” and “Stella by Starlight.”

The Literature Festival is sponsored by The Writing Conference, Inc., Washburn University English department, and Washburn University education department.



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