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The Young Writers & Artists Conference (YWAC) offers students the opportunity to explore a variety of subjects related to writing and creative arts. YWAC utilizes a number of authors, artists, educators, experienced writers, and business leaders as conference facilitators. These local and regional talents inspire youth and encourage them to take their own talents to new levels. Session topics may include, but not be limited to: poetry, fiction writing, character and plot development, illustration/cartooning, theater art, music, graphic design, journalism, scienc
e fiction, humor, screen plays, calligraphy, etc.

Writer & Artist Submissions
Students were invited to submit a pies of their written or artistic work for publication on the South Central Service Cooperative website. Previously created works or something created at the conference were welcome.
South Central Service Cooperative reserves the right to refuse publication of works if the content is deemed inappropriate or offensive. 


A BOOK FAIR courtesy of The Book Shelf features books from
some of the conference’s presenters as well as other popular titles. This is an incredible opportunity for students to get their books signed by authors they meet either during lunch or in their sessions. 

Bethany Lutheran College – host for the YWAC in
Mankato.  This partnership allows students to attend individual hands-on sessions on a college campus in a closely supervised environment without normal daily college activities and students present.

The Betsy-Tacy Society, sponsors of the Deep Valley Book Fest,
provides studentswith more opportunities to learn about writing and the
creative arts. Please visit for additional learning opportunities.

Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Mankato Area Foundation – This activity is supported by a grant from the Mankato Area Foundaiton. Since 1974, the Mankato Area Foundation has been dedicated to building a community of individuals that believe in the strength of giving.

The Prairie Ecology Bus Center – This activity is
 supported by a grant from the Prairie Ecology Bus Center (PEBC). PEBC is based in the southwestern Minnesota town of Lakefield. It is the home of the Prairie Schooler Ecology Bus, a state-of-the-art school, mobile scientific laboratory, and classroom designed to educate school children and adults about the environmental and natural

– This activity is supported by a grant from the Mankato Walmart.


Mary Hillmann, Ph. 952-715-8745, Fax 507-389-1772

Related Links

2015 Brochure

Presenter Bios
Book Fair Information
Writer & Artist Submissions
Full Brochure
Sessions for grades 3-4
Sessions for grades 5-6
Sessions for grades 7-9

View a recap and photos from the 2014 Young Writers & Artists Conference.

Click for photos and a recap of the 2013  201220112010 and 2009 Young Writers & Artists Conference


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