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Emily Duvall
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The Young Author's Conference is CANCELED: Due to lack of sufficient registrations, the Young Authors Conference has been canceled.

I know there were schedule conflicts with tournaments, homecomings, and games, as well as difficulties getting districts to cover bus costs. I truly appreciate all of the hard work many of you put in, lobbying administration, tacking up flyers, and recruiting attendees. You've all been awesome! A big thank you, as well, to Heather Ohrtman-Rogers for the many hours of work she's invested in the project.

Please help us spread the word -- and if you have sent in your money, check or PO, rest assured that Heather will be contacting you within the next week or so.

2009 Young Authors' Conference (YAC)

Grades 6-12

October 31, 2009 - Jenifer Junior High School - Lewiston, Idaho

Who is Chris Crutcher?
He's an author, educator and family therapist known for his realistic fiction.
Born on July 17, 1946 in Dayton, Ohio to a WWII bomber pilot and a homemaker, Crutcher grew up in Cascade, Idaho (a tiny logging town north of Boise). He graduated from Eastern Washington State College (now EWU) with a BA in psychology and sociology.
He later earned his teaching credential and taught primary and secondary school in Washington State and California. Offered the chance to direct a "last chance" alternative school in Oakland, CA, he respectfully served at-risk K-12 students for almost a decade before returning to the Pacific Northwest to write his first book, Running Loose for Greenwillow in the early 1980's.
Eight other novels -- Stotan!, Chinese Handcuffs, The Crazy Horse Electric Game, The Deep End, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Ironman, Whatle Talk, and The Sledding Hill-- as well as a collection of short stories -- Athletic Shorts -- and his autobiography, King of the Mild Frontier followed. Other books and several motion picture projects are also in development.
Crutcher's fast-paced fiction -- heavily influenced by his work as a therapist and child protection advocate -- is known for its expert balance of comedy and tragedy, as well as its unflinching honesty and authentic voice. He has been honored with dozens of awards and honors including the CLA's 2005 St. Katharine Drexel Award, Writer Magazine's 2004 Writers Who Make A Difference Award, the ALA's 2000 Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award, the NCTE's 1998 National Intellectual Freedom Award and the ALAN Award.
A popular columnist (Voices from the Middle, Family Energy Magazine, the Signal Journal, iParenting) and public speaker, Crutcher lectures at universities, conferences, libraries, schools and bookstores across the United States, roughly 50 to 60 times a year. He makes his home in Spokane, Washington.
Grades 6-12 are invited to attend, and each student will have the opportunity to purchase an autographed copy of a Chris Crutcher book. You can read more about Chris and his books on his website at:
Cost is $20/student, teacher, or chaperone.
Sponsored by the Northwest Inland Writing Project

Schedule – Unmask the Writer Within

8:30 - Check in and get acquainted

9:00 - Keynote Speaker, Chris Crutcher

9:50-10:50 – Session I Workshops

10:55-11:55 – Session II Workshops

12:00-1:00 Lunch - (McDonalds, Burger King, Arby’s and Skipper’s is on 21st Street. Space will be available for those who want to brown-bag it.)

1:15-2:15 – Session III Workshops

2:20-3:15 - Open-Mic and Wrap-Up

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