Young Authors Conference

Friday, November 3rd, 2023

Author Presentations

Illustrator Workshops

Autograph Sessions

Buckeye Book Fair Preview & Visit

Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Alliance for Arts Education
Tri-County Educational Service Center

The Young Authors Conference is a partnership with all schools in Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties through Buckeye Book Fair’s established partnership with Tri-County Educational Service Center, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and Ohio Arts Council. With over 400 students participating, the Young Authors Conference teaches students in grades 3-8 about he ins and outs of the writing and storytelling process. Students attend a one-day session where they work intensively with a teaching artist expert in writing, illustration, and publishing.

Check out the 2022 Conference!

This literacy program has been made possible because of the generous contribution of the Ohio Arts Council and the strong partnership of Tri-County Educational Service Center and Ohio Alliance for Arts Education. Schools outside of the Tri-County area should contact Andrew Johnson at for more information.

As seen on ESPN and Hallmark Channel, Jeff Alt walked the entire Appalachian Trail, over 2,000 miles! His latest book The Adventures of Bubba Jones is a series that crisscrosses the country, taking kids on an educational, time-travelling adventure through America’s beloved National Parks.

Marcy Campbell has been making books since she was five, when they were just taped together pages of pictures she drew with the few words she could spell (or almost spell). Her new book The More You Give is a modern-day response to The Giving Tree, this lyrical picture book shows how a family passes down love from generation to generation, leaving a legacy of growing both trees and community.

Jerzy Drozd is a cartoonist and teaching artist. He wrote and drew Science Comics: Rockets with my wife, Anne Drozd. I am one of the artists of The Warren Commission Report. He’s a member of the Ohio Arts Council’s Teaching Artist Roster and has a podcast about comics and how to make them. He is currently working on a middle-grade fantasy comic called Baron von Bear and the Case of the Two-Faced Statue.

Tricia Springstubb says she was born a looong time ago, when girls had to wear dresses to school and no one had heard of soccer. I was the oldest of five kids, and there’s a rumor I was very bossy, though you shouldn’t believe everything you hear. Her latest book is called Looking for True. It’s about two unlikely friends who bond over shared compassion for a bereft but lovable dog, they learn what it truly means to find a sense of belonging and identity.