Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

Oct. 6, 2008

Children's Author/Illustrator David Shannon to Lead 25th Annual Whitworth Writing Rally Nov. 8

WHAT: The 25th annual Whitworth Writing Rally is a family literacy initiative for students in pre-school through 6th grade. The event features presentations by a well-known children's author followed by opportunities for participants to work with area teachers or Whitworth education students to create their own original illustrated book.

WHO: The 2008 rally will feature award-winning children's author/illustrator David Shannon. Shannon's children's books include Duck on a Bike, A Bad Case of Stripes and The Rain Came Down. He also has designed numerous book jackets and his illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone and Time.

WHEN: Saturday, Nov. 8. The first session is 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (check in at 8:15 a.m.). The second session is 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (check in at 10:30 a.m.) A parent or guardian must accompany each child participating in the rally. A number of Whitworth students have volunteered to accompany children whose parents/guardians cannot attend. (Call Lisa Laurier at the contact number below.)

WHERE: Cowles Memorial Auditorium at Whitworth University, 300 W. Hawthorne Road

COST: $16 for each child and attending parent or guardian. The registration fee covers writing materials and a T-shirt for each child who participates. A reduced low-income rate and scholarships are available for those who qualify.

HOW TO REGISTER: Details are available at www.thewritingrally.org or by calling the Whitworth School of Education at (509) 777-3263; leave your name, phone number, and mailing address. A registration packet will be mailed to you.

The Whitworth Writing Rally is an opportunity for children to develop their reading and writing skills with assistance from a professional author and trained educators. As many as 800 students from the Inland Northwest are expected to participate in the 2008 rally. Shannon will talk about where he gets his ideas and will show examples from his many books. A Whitworth improvisational theatre troupe also will perform.

After each session, children are invited to 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 get his autograph.


Lisa Laurier, Whitworth Writing Rally director and associate professor of education, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3263 or llaurier@whitworth.edu.

Emily Proffitt, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or eproffitt@whitworth.edu.

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