Coming soon: The YOUNG AUTHOR’S CONFERENCE for elementary boys and girls

Posted on January 27, 2016

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO REGISTER FOR THE YOUNG AUTHOR’S CONFERENCE!  The registration deadline has been extended until Friday, Feb. 26.

 Calling all young authors and their parents!

P-H-M’s annual Young Author’s Conference will take place Saturday, March 12—and you won’t want to miss it.

The morning program will be full of engaging activities, fun entertainment and creative challenges—along with opportunities to learn and share.

We are pleased to host guest author Laura Purdie Salas. Salas will be on hand to share her published work and her love of writing, and to encourage students to produce their own poems and stories.

Meet Mrs. Salas now in this brief video, and preview two of her popular books in these videos: A Leaf Can Be and BookSpeak!


Get ideas!  Parents will hear from Kathy Higgs-Coulthard, the director of Michiana’s Writing Center and also an instructor at St. Mary’s College. Higgs-Coulthard supports writers and writing events in the community, and will share tips with parents on how to do the same in their own families.

Get inspired!  Students will share their own written work with other students in small groups, getting feedback and giving encouragement and gaining confidence in their ability to create.

Get the giggles!  The Roz Puppets will be sure to make you laugh. Big puppets with big personalities, their performances delight “children of all ages.”


  • WHO: Students from Kindergarten through 5th grade, and one parent from each family

  • DATE: Saturday, March 12, 2016

  • TIME: 8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • LOCATION: Schmucker Middle School, 56045 Bittersweet Road.

  • DIRECTIONS: Enter at the traffic signal, park in front, use main entrance.

  • COST: $5 per student, payable upon registration

Watch for conference information that your student will bring home from school, then send back the registration envelope with your payment promptly. If you need another copy of the registration form, contact the school.


QUESTIONS?  Please contact Ms. Lisa Duerksen at



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