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Young Authors Conference Theme & Keynote

2019 theme: Expect the Unexpected! Where Will Writing Take You?

This year's theme will challenge young writers to discover the exciting twists and turns that lay before them once they pick up a pencil.

Students will use the written word to explore unexpected paths and make discoveries about themselves, their capabilities, and the impact they can have on others.

Ibrahim Hirsi is the March 22 keynote. Ibrahim Hirsi, staff writer at MinnPost, covers workforce and immigration issues. Before joining MinnPost, Ibrahim reported for multiple news organizations in New York, Minneapolis, and St. Cloud. For his reporting in Minnesota, Ibrahim was presented the 2018 MLK Commitment to Service Award at the MLK Day celebration in St. Paul. Ibrahim got his start in journalism at ThreeSixty Journalism, a youth program based at the University of St. Thomas.

Kao Kalia Yang is the May 27-30 keynote. Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American writer and the author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008) and The Song Poet (Metropolitan Books, 2016). Both non-fiction books were awarded the Minnesota Book Award. In the fall of 2019, Yang will debut her first children's book, A Map Into The World (Carolrhoda Books).

At the Young Authors Conference, students...

Are challenged and encouraged to be better writers.

Leave with new strategies, ideas, and skills to become a better writer.

Learn that strong writing skills are important in life.