The Northeast Council of the Nebraska State Reading Association held an Aspiring Young Authors Festival on Saturday, April 8, at Wayne State College. Lincoln Montessori sent 5 students to listen and visit with two authors and share their manuscripts with students from thirteen other participating schools. Parents were encouraged to attend with their children.
Diane Z. Shore, author of many books including Bus A Saurus and How To Drive Your Sister Crazy, discussed the importance of being persistent and never giving up on yourself. Nebraska author, D.R. Haskin, personified his great grandfather and told about the town of Mars, Nebraska and its history. He stressed the importance of writing your family story, and he entertained with a poem he wrote about his family set to music with pictures.
According to Jenny Gubbels of Randolph, president of the Northeast Reading Council, this festival has taken place for twenty-five years. Over 1,500 students have been recognized for their writing talent, and given an opportunity to meet authors from all over the United States. Additional funding will be needed to continue the festival.