It is with great regret that the Illinois Language and Literacy Council Board must inform you that the Young Authors’ Conference, planned for May 16, 2020, has been canceled. Even if Illinois does not cancel school for the remainder of the school year, it is not advised to have a large group gathering at this time. We are being proactive with this safe action to ensure the health and safety of students, parents, volunteers, and guest authors during this Covid19 pandemic. We do plan to have the conference again in 2021. We hope you will join us then in celebrating writing.
46th Annual Illinois Statewide Young Authors Conference
May 16, 2020
Normal Community West High School 501 N Parkside Rd, Normal, Illinois
The Illinois Statewide Young Authors' Conference, will be held in May at Normal Community West High School, 501 N Parkside Rd, Normal, Illinois, is an event sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council.
Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8, the conference provides an opportunity for these young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books.
To find out more about the Young Authors Conference, please click on these helpful links:
Hotel Map: Locations of hotels in Bloomington-Normal.
Directions: Directions to Normal Community West High School, 501 N. Parkside Rd, Normal, Illinois.
Facilities Map: Locations of classrooms at Normal Community West High School Campus.
Dining Guide: List of things to do and popular restaurants in the Bloomington-Normal area.
Volunteer Form: Volunteers are needed! This conference can only be held with the help of the many adult volunteers who lead or assist small groups, escort authors, or perform other necessary tasks throughout the day. If you can help in any way, please contact Sue Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Congratulatory Packet: Packets include check-in information for students, the conference schedule, biographies of the Illinois authors and entertainers who are participating in the conference, and frequently asked questions about the conference. Available online after March 30, 2020.
Meet the Authors: Bios are available for the guest authors, storytellers, and parent speaker. Available online by May 1, 2020.
More information about other ILLC events, ILLC officers and committee members, and past ILLC newsletters are available on the ILLC Webpage.
Unfortunately, ILLC does not keep copies of any of the manuscripts that are submitted, in fact, we never actually possess them. Each young author brings their manuscript with them to the conference and them takes them back home that day. Our certificates are printed prior to the conference, then handed out to our authors, and again we do not keep copies. Over the 40+ years of Young Authors we would have amassed an interesting and wonderful collection had we been able to keep a copy of every submission!
For more information, please contact Ruth Stevig (by email at email@example.com or by phone at 847-526-8798) or Sue Anderson (by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 630-988-9833). Otherwise, please feel to contact the ILLC President, Leslie Forsman, for other information.