February 21, 2019

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

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.

keynote speaker - james Kennedy

Young Writers Night Photos

Photography by Robin James


Check In
Book Sales & Signing ●  Writing Activities

Keynote Speaker James Kennedy

Breakout Session A

Breakout Session B

Open Mic Coffee House​

Learning Sessions

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