Young Authors/Young Artists

The Young Authors/Young Artist Conference (YAYA) is designed to introduce third through sixth grade students to a variety of writing and illustrating activities to enhance and stimulate the love of writing and illustrating. In addition to a fascinating keynote address, students are able to attend three different sessions throughout the day. They will be able to hear from professional writers and artists on a variety of topics such as animation, writing for a newspaper, cartooning, creating characters for your story, to name a few. The focus is to promote student enthusiasm and competence in written communication. Students will be encouraged to have fun and be creative with their writing.

During the three days of the YAYA Conference on the College of Saint Benedict campus, there were over 1,600 students and educators that participated in this annual conference.

Checkout this endorsement from a happy parent:

"My son attended the recent YAYA conference. I want to thank you for putting together such a wonderful program! I work with Resource through my job, but had no idea the kinds of workshops you put on for students. My son came home with new skills and was very excited about everything. We happened to attend a local art opening later that night and he shared some “tips” he learned with the artists. They too were super impressed. I see that there are science programs as well. While he has been too young, I hope in future years his school will ask him to attend!! Thanks again!"

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Contact Kelsey Harps, Student Programs Coordinator, for more information.