I spent some time this afternoon at the local elementary school talking to twenty one "young authors" about writing in general, novel writing in particular, and my approach to producing a book.
Each of the children were classroom winners in a school-wide writing contest. The principal mentioned to me that they had 100% participation, which is pretty astounding when you think about it. Each winner was the best in his or her classroom.
After my presentation, the kids had celebratory pizza, cookies and juice. Then the principal and the teacher-sponsor revealed the "building" champions -- one for K - 1st, one for 2nd - 3rd, and one for 4th - 5th grades.
We ended the event by breaking into small groups and listening to a few of the kids read their stories, which were quite impressive, I must say.
A good time was had by all.