February 21, 2019

A special evening for D181 students and families
to celebrate, share and encourage writing.

keynote speaker - james Kennedy

Check In
Book Sales & Signing ●  Writing Activities

Keynote Speaker James Kennedy

Breakout Session A

Breakout Session B

Open Mic Coffee House​

Learning Sessions

Student Writers

Young Writers Night is open to all interested District 181 3rd - 8th grade students.  125 students participated in 2019.

James Kennedy is the author of the young adult fantasy The Order of Odd-Fish.

He is also the founder and director of the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an annual national video contest in which kid filmmakers create short movies that tell the stories of Newbery-winning books in about 90 seconds.

He lives in Chicago with his wife and two daughters.


Young Writers Night Photos

Photography by Robin James

What’s Feedback Got to Do With It?              
The Art of Supporting Your Child’s Writing at Home 
       Led by: Kathy Robinson, Dana Bergthold, Aubrey Ignace, Nicole Rudd, Jessica Schultz                                  

Journalism Today: What is it? How do you do it?           Led by Sara Clarkson and Lauren Lee  
Led by Bill Cox                                                                              
Brainstorming Ideas - What to do when you get stuck     
Led By Robin Ingstrup                                                                                         
How Not To Be A Robot                                                         Led by James Kennedy                                                                 
Tabletop Role-Playing Games & Cooperative Storytelling                                                                  
Led by Andrew Kudelka 

Parody Power 
Led By Heather Scott  

What Does “Show, Don’t Tell” Really Mean? Exploring this Popular Writing Adage          
Led By Meaghan Sheridan