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WCU Hosts Seventh Annual Young Authors Celebration

William Carey University’s School of Education hosted the seventh annual Young Authors Celebration (YAC) on March 2. This year, nearly 600 students from eight schools participated in YAC. Participants included Lillie Burney Elementary of Hattiesburg, Rowan Elementary of Hattiesburg, New Hope Christian Academy of Jackson, West Marion Elementary of Columbia, Runnelstown Elementary of Perry County, Purvis Elementary of Purvis, Tylertown Elementary of Tylertown, and Prentiss Elementary of Prentiss.

Educators who sign up to be a YAC teacher hold a writer’s workshop in their classrooms, where their students learn about the drafting, editing, and publishing stages of writing and illustrating through hands-on experience. The students then bring their books to the YAC event at WCU and share their work during the breakout sessions.
The YAC event gives students the opportunity to meet regional authors and illustrators, participate in a book fair, attend workshops on writing and illustrating, meet WCU student teachers and share their books with other students. They also tour the campus and have lunch. A grant from Target assisted in making the event possible.

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(left) Dr. Barry Morris, dean of the School of Education, and (right) Dr. June Hornsby, professor of education, pose with the Peter Cottontail character at the seventh annual Young Authors Celebration (YAC) on March 2. This year, nearly 600 students participated in YAC.