Young Authors Conference

Friday, November 3rd, 2023

  • Author Presentations
  • Illustrator Workshops
  • Autograph Sessions
  • Buckeye Book Fair Preview & Visit

Attention Elementary and Middle School Educators!

Don’t miss the chance to bring your students to the Young Authors Conference on Friday, November 3rd, where an exciting world of learning and creativity awaits. This enriching field trip offers workshops and interactions with four accomplished authors, each with a unique perspective to share.

Meet Merrill Wyatt, an engaging author from Wauseon, Ohio, whose passion for teaching middle schoolers is matched only by her knack for storytelling. Join Florenza Lee, an advocate for social-emotional learning through interactive children’s books that leave a lasting impact. Dive into the world of comics with Jerzy Drozd, a cartoonist and teaching artist who brings the magic of visual storytelling to life. Lastly, connect with Rachel Alpine, a high school English teacher and author from Cleveland, Ohio, who weaves her words with the companionship of her furry friend and a cup of coffee.

This is an opportunity for students to be inspired by accomplished authors while nurturing their own creativity. Discover more about each author’s workshop and be a part of this empowering experience!

Contact us today for this field trip opportunity!

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 the 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.

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.

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