Young Authors’ Conference, Saturday, March 10

Posted on February 13, 2018

Saturday, March 10, 2018

8:45 – 11:30 a.m.

Schmucker Middle School

Sponsored by Corporations for Education, a division of the P-H-M Education Foundation, the annual Young Authors’ Conference is an opportunity for Penn-Harris-Madison students, in grades K-5, and their parents to meet and hear from Ruth McNally Barshaw, well-known children’s author and illustrator of Ellie McDoodle Diaries and picture books like Leopold the Lion. Click for more details and examples of Mrs. Barshaw’s work. 

Mrs. Barshaw will share her experiences as a writer and illustrator. Students will sketch along with her, learning tips for improving creativity, drawing, and storytelling techniques.

As part of the morning activities, students will also share their own writing piece in small, adult-led group sessions with students from other P-H-M elementary schools. While students are meeting with their peers, parents will attend a special presentation by P-H-M teacher and writing expert Carrie Mumaw, who will share fun and inspiring ideas for creative writing. Together, students and parents will also enjoy a presentation of “Stuart Little” by Bethel College Genesians

*One parent must accompany students! However, keep in mind that students and parents will separate for a portion of the day.

COST: The registration fee of $5.00 per child is used for conference expenses.

REGISTRATION: Online registration is now available! Please visit and click the right arrow on the homepage to find the “2018 P-H-M Young Authors’ Conference” button. Create an account, then make your payment. There is a fee for using this service. You can also click here to be directly to the online registration/payment page.

If you prefer to register via paper, please fill out the front of the blue envelope that was attached to the hard copy of the flyer that came home with your student. Fill out the blue envelope completely, insert your payment, and return it to your child’s school. Checks should be made payable to: Young Authors’ Conference. Cash is also accepted. The deadline for registration is Wednesday, February 28, 2018!


CONFIRMATION: Participating students will receive additional information prior to the conference through their home school at the beginning of March.

QUESTIONS: If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Duerksen at

Last Modified May 17, 2019