Writing Rally

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is a writing rally?

A writing rally is different from a young authors' conference in several ways:

  1. A rally is designed for very young children who are in the beginning stages of developing their writing skills.

  2. Emphasis is placed on the process of creating a story -- writing and illustrating "your" story and then binding it into a book.

  3. Focus is on the parent/child relationship instead of the teacher/child relationship.

Who may attend the rally?

Any child in grades PreK-6 (or in that age group) who is accompanied by a parent or other adult may attend. There is a $17 registration fee per child. Accompanying parents are admitted free. Teachers are welcomed as observers, presenters or parents.

What activities does the rally include?

Children and parents spend the first 50 minutes of the rally with the guest author, who shares his/her work to the delight of both children and adults. Participants spend the next two hours in small groups, creating, illustrating and sharing a story or poem. Each group will be led by trained presenters.

At their request (and on a first-come, first-served basis), some 4th graders will be assigned to computer sessions. If you are a 4th grader who wants to write your book on the computer, please indicate your preference on the registration form.

How many children can attend the rally?

There is no limit to the number of children from any school. However, the facilities can accommodate only 800-plus children and 800-plus adults, so there may be a registration cutoff on a first-come, first served basis. We have never cut off registration, even though we have registered more than 800 children on several occasions.

What if more than one child from a family wants to attend?

Families with more than one child attending will be registered for the same time period (either 8:30 or 11 a.m.).

What do I do if I have more than one child attending the Writing Rally? Can they be in the same session?

Check the box on the registration form. Both children can be in the same session. Or, you may bring a friend or relative to assist other children.

Can I register my child the day of the Whitworth University Writing Rally?

Registrations are not accepted the day of the rally.

Should I bring a snack for my child?

Snacks are provided for children during each session.

What happens if my child's writing is not completed by the end of the session?

Your child is welcome to complete their work at home after the rally.

How do I get the author to autograph my child's book(s)?

There is an author's tea after each session where children can have their books signed. There are other times that may be provided during the rally to have books signed.