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 120 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
  •   1:15 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 registration form which was mailed to your student at school or to the address we have on file.

  • NOTES FOR TEACHERS: Teachers do not need to register to attend the ceremony, unless they are planning on bringing additional people.  If a teacher would like to register additional people (for example a spouse or another teacher, not affiliated with LAL) to attend the ceremony, please send the information to Suzanne Walker at suwalker@library.in.gov.

  • 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.  If parents and families take advantage of this opportunity, parking in the IHS lot is complimentary.

  • PARKING INFORMATION:  Guests may park in the Senate Ave. garage for a fee of $10.00 per car, credit card only.  There is also meter parking available on Ohio St. and other surrounding streets near the State Library.  Check http://www.parkindy.net/ for more information regarding meter parking.  Guests may also park in the Indiana Historical Society parking lot across Ohio St. from the State Library for a fee. The parking fee is complimentary if parents/families take advantage of the free admission offered during the morning writing workshops, if an admission ticket is purchased, or a $7 purchase is made in the Stardust Café at the IHS.

  • 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 9/12/2017