Topeka, Kan.- Washburn University will host the 25th annual Literature Festival, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 in Washburn A/B in Memorial Union on the Washburn University campus, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 2018 festival features Melanie Crowder, author of “Audacity,” “Parched,” “A Nearer Moon” and “Three Pennies.”
This event is open to students from grades 5 through 12 and teachers. Students and teachers are encouraged to attend and interact with Crowder. Crowder will be giving a keynote presentation and holding small group sessions with those who would like to discuss her literature along with a writing component. The cost to attend is $12 for students, $15 for teachers attending with students and $25 for teachers without students.
Crowder is the acclaimed author of several books for young readers. Crowder’s books have been awarded the Jefferson Cup, the Arnold Adoff Poetry Award, the SCBWI Crystal Kite and the Bulletin Blue Ribbon; they have been recognized as a National Jewish Book Awards Finalist, Colorado Book Awards Finalist, Junior Library Guild selection, YALSA Top Ten Books For Young Adults, ILA Notable Book for a Global Society, Parents’ Choice Silver Medal, BookBrowse Editor’s Choice, BookPage Top Pick and The Washington Post Best Children’s Books for April. Her work has been listed as Best Books of the Year by Bank Street College, Kirkus Reviews, The Amelia Bloomer List, New York Public Library, Tablet Magazine, A Mighty Girl and The Children’s Book Review.
The festival is made possible by The Writing Conference, The Washburn University English Education Program and the Washburn University Elementary Education Program. The Writing Conference, Inc. provides services to children, young adults and teachers with interests in reading and writing. The goal of this non-profit organization is the improvement of writing and reading skills of young people.