2018 Youth Literary Day & Award Ceremony

All Indiana Letters About Literature semifinalists and finalists are invited to the Indiana Youth Literary Day & Awards Ceremony presented by the James & Madeleine McMullan Family Foundation on April 28, 2018. Over 100 young Hoosier writers have the opportunity to engage in creative writing workshops presented by notable Hoosier writers, and will be honored at a ceremony following the day’s activities. All students in attendance will receive free books and are invited to an exclusive book-signing and reception.

Preliminary Schedule

  • 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM: Writing Workshop One – Students Only
  • 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM: Writing Workshop Two – Students Only
  • 12:00 PM -   1:00 PM: Lunch with Indiana Writers – Students Only
  •   1:00 PM -   1:15 PM: Awards Ceremony Check In – Students & Family
  •   1:30 PM -   3:00 PM: Awards Ceremony – Students & Family
  •   3:00 PM -   4:30 PM: Author Signing & Reception

Resources & Instructions

  • FOR YOUR INFORMATION:  Students may choose to participate in the whole day of activities (see schedule above) or the Ceremony and Reception only.  Either is fine.  You will communicate your preference to us through the online registration form which was mailed to your student at school or to the address we have on file. Please email us at suwalker@library.in.gov if you need the online registration link.

  • NOTES FOR TEACHERS: Letters About Literature Teachers are welcome to come to the event on April 28. Seating is very limited at our event. Teachers are limited to bringing themselves and one guest. Teachers should register for the event using the online registration link that was emailed to you. Please email us at suwalker@library.in.gov if you need the online registration link.

  • ARRIVAL FOR WRITING WORKSHOPS: Students getting dropped off for the writing workshops can enter the State Library via the east entrance on 140 N. Senate Ave.  or through the main entrance at 315 W. Ohio St. 

    Students will be welcomed, checked in, and shown to their writing workshops upon arrival. Parents are welcome to assist their students with the check in process, but only the students should remain for the writing workshops and for lunch. Writing Workshops start at 10:00 AM. Please arrive by 9:45 AM so students can get checked in and shown to their workshops.

  • LUNCH AT THE STATE LIBRARY: Students attending the morning writing workshops will have lunch with the authors at the Indiana State Library as part of the Letters About Literature event and will be supervised by the Indiana State Library Staff. Lunch is from 12:00-1:00. Only students who attend the morning workshops will be able to join the authors for lunch.  After lunch, these students will be checked in for the Ceremony and will be shown to the Ceremony by Indiana State Library Staff.

  • ARRIVAL FOR THE CEREMONY: Guests may enter the State Library via the east entrance on 140 N. Senate Ave. or through the main entrance at 315 W. Ohio St.  Click here for an interactive map of downtown Indianapolis.

    Due to space limitations, guests should be registered ahead of time to attend the Letters About Literature Event. Instructions for registering have been sent to the teacher/parent of each respective semifinalist or winner. Upon arrival, student guests who have not attended the writing workshops will be directed to the Great Hall for check in between 1:00-1:15 PM. Please be aware that seating for the ceremony may be limited and that students will be seated at the front near the stage to assist in handing out awards in a timely fashion.

    The Indiana Historical Society generously offers free admission to their Indiana Experience exhibits for parents and families of students participating in the morning writing workshops at the Library.  The exhibits open at 10:00 AM.

  • PARKING INFORMATION:  We are excited to be able to offer free parking for our event this year. You can park for free at the State Government Garage with entrances on New York Street and Senate Avenue, or in the flat parking lot located at New York Street and Capitol Avenue. The garage is directly across Ohio Street from the State Library and the flat parking lot is just diagonal from us to the northeast.

    Drivers should enter the garage using a lane that has a ticket kiosk. Both entrances to the flat lot have kiosks. When you approach the ticket kiosk, pull a ticket and park your vehicle. Do not park in any reserved spots. Bring your ticket into the library to get it validated. A parking validation station will be available in the registration area and can be done during the reception.

  • BOOK SALES:  Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore will be on site selling merchandise from our authors and other Indiana authors during the reception.

  • FOOD & FUN NEAR THE STATE LIBRARY: Downtown Indianapolis has many dining and entertainment options for families. Click here for a listing of local places visit prior to the Awards Ceremony. Also, visit the Indianapolis Downtown website, or check the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association website to help plan your day's activities.

Letters About Literature

PDO SW 3/8/2018