About 40 District 90 students have submitted work for consideration and a chance to get feedback and have their work read at the Young Authors' Conference in May.
Writing by students includes poetry, essays and fiction, among other literary styles of self-expression.
Of the submitted work, three students will be selected from each of District 90's schools to represent the district at the statewide conference. Students whose work is picked will have their pieces read, discussed and affixed with the official seal of the Young Authors' Conference. All students who submitted work will get feedback and ribbons.
Local author and Latin School teacher Billy Lombardo will also be giving a presentation on the writing process and interact with students at an event on Jan. 26.
At the event, students' work will be put on display at , starting at 8:30 a.m. Lombardo will speak to students at 9 a.m., before students group into breakout session to talk with the author. Awards for students will be announced at 11 a.m.
The statewide Young Authors' Conference will be held May 18, and is co-sponsored by the Illinois Reading Council and Illinois Language and Literacy Council. The event will be held at Illinois State University in Normal, IL.