Willamette University to Co-host Authors Day

The Willamette University School of Education will co-host "Young Authors' Day" with the Oregon Writing Project. Over 100 Molalla Elementary fifth graders and their teachers will gather on Willamette's campus on Friday, Jan. 12 for "Young Authors' Day."

The day will feature special guest Kathleen Contreras, author of the Scholastic published Pan Dulce, a book about a Mexican sweet breads baker. The participants will begin the day at 9 a.m. listening to Contreras read her book and describe her experiences as a writer. The reading will be followed by a snack of sweet breads and juice.

The children will then begin a three-stop tour on campus led by Willamette School of Education students. The children will visit College of Liberal Arts Dean Ken Nolley, the Mark O. Hatfield Library and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

The students will receive their first college credits, as Dr. Linda Tamura conducts an interactive lecture for young writers. The program will end at 1:00 p.m.