The 2020 YSU English Festival

10 - 12th grades: April 22, 2020

7 - 9th grades: April 23 - 24, 2020



Thomas and Carol Gay Guest Lecturers

"Nonfiction takes courage, honesty, transparency, and a tenacity to uncover the truth. There is no hiding behind a subject. We dig deep into research and our souls and present true stories to the most valued audience on the planet: young readers."

Sandra Neil Wallace (From Celebrate Science)

James A. Houck Guest Lecturer

"I learned to read early, and was aware of events going on as I grew up in the 60s. In the midst of real events, I daydreamed and wrote stories. Writing stories for young people is my passion and my mission. Teens will read. They hunger for stories that engage them and reflect their images and experiences."
Rita Williams-Garcia (From Goodreads)

"I’ve always found that books have helped me cross personal borders in my life, particularly as a teenager. Reading about other people—real or fictional—who were facing barriers in their own lives helped me find pathways for overcoming physical or emotional obstacles."

Rich Wallace (From School Library Journal)



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