Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

October 12, 2005

Popular Children's Author David Shannon to Lead
22nd Annual Whitworth Writing Rally

WHAT: The 22nd annual Whitworth Writing Rally for students in pre-school through 5th grade is an opportunity for children to develop their reading and writing skills with assistance from a professional author and trained educators. Between 600 and 700 students from the Inland Northwest are expected to participate in the rally, which will be led by former Spokane resident David Shannon, an award-winning illustrator and author of children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Book No, David!

Each child, accompanied by a parent or guardian, will take part in one of two sessions. Shannon will share his stories with participants, and then children will work in small groups creating and illustrating stories. Each group will be led by trained educators with expertise in storytelling, writing, illustrating and bookbinding. After each session, children can attend a punch-and-cookies reception in Whitworth Presbyterian Church's Quall Hall, adjacent to the Whitworth campus, where they will have the opportunity to share the books they have created. They can also meet Shannon during the reception and have him autograph his books, which will be available for purchase.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 5. The first session is 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The second session is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. A parent or guardian must accompany each child participating in the rally.

WHERE: Whitworth College, 300 W. Hawthorne Road

COST: There is a $15 registration fee for the first child; the fee for each additional child from the same family is $12, if additional children's registration fees are mailed in the same envelope. The registration fee covers writing materials and a T-shirt for each participant. Registration discounts are available for low-income families.

HOW TO REGISTER: Register online at www.thewritingrally.org, or call (509) 777-4409 and leave your name, phone number, and mailing address. A registration packet will be mailed to you. Completed registration materials must be received no later than Oct. 28.

Contacts:

Lisa Laurier, Writing Rally director, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3263 or llaurier@whitworth.edu.

Pat Parker, academic program assistant, School of Education, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3229 or pparker@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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