Young Authors' Conferences

Writing Enrichment

Monroe County ISD offers several options for young writers to explore and develop writing skills. Students throughout the county have the opportunity to attend the Young Authors' Conference and the NaNo WriMo Secondary Authors' Conference.

2018 Young Authors' Conference - About the Author

Kitty Donohoe

Author Kitty Donohoe, based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a natural-born storyteller. She has many brothers and sisters (most of them younger than her) and when she was about ten years old her Dad threw the family TV away. He said his children were acting like cartoons, and he was probably right! The Donohoe kids began to entertain themselves by reading - a LOT - making up games, and playing outside. Kitty started telling stories to her younger siblings to keep them busy, and she eventually pursued a career as a songwriter, part of which is telling stories through music. In 1987 Michigan had a big, important birthday - it’s 150th - and Kitty wrote a bunch of Michigan songs, put out a book of the songs called ‘Bunyan and Banjoes’, and the characters of her book ‘Henny and Benny Bunyan and the Maple Syrup Adventure’ - the first of the Northwoods Kids series - came from that project. She loves working with kids - singing, telling stories and answering questions - and she’s working on the next book now in the series now, which will feature Benny and Stardancer. Kitty also writes and performs for adults and she received a Michigan Emmy in 2002 for a song she wrote about 9/11.

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