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Quotes from Students – 2014 Cavalcade

I learned that at any age you can be a writer.

Everything around us is an inspiration!

I learned that writing and becoming and author is a process, and it takes time.

Think big AND think small.

Set goals and get inspiration from life events.

The Cavalcade of Authors was the chance of a lifetime to meet authors and ask them questions.

I loved all the different presentations and want to go again next year.

What I liked best was the author tips about writing and publishing.

Meeting the authors was the best thing about Cavalcade.  – gone to every Cavalcade since middle school!

I liked the overall concept of the event.

I loved the Cavalcade of Authors event the most because we learned skills for future writing careers!

I liked that we got to meet the authors of books that we like and relate and talk to them.

I liked listening to great authors, eating, and hanging out with old friends.

The workshops are a lot of fun and are very interactive. Plus, the authors are super cool and very friendly.

You never know, you might end up liking it more than you thought (such like myself!).

What Authors are saying about Cavalcade 2014

Cavalcade of Authors is without a doubt one of the most fun author events I’ve been apart of. The organizers treat you like a star and the kids are all extremely well prepared and a joy to work with. Highly recommended! Plus you get a book made of chocolate. Plus how fun is the word “Cavalcade”?? ~ Josh Berk

Cavalcade of Authors is a fantastic opportunity for young readers and writers to connect with authors they love and learn fun tips and tricks about the craft. The interaction is real, and there’s something of interest for every kind of reader/writer. Students and authors alike will be buzzing about their experience. ~ Kendare Blake

Cavalcade of Authors has all the excitement and fanfare of a huge event, yet manages to maintain an intimacy that allows for engaging interaction with the student participants and other authors. ~ Stephanie Bodeen

If you want to engage with awesome, enthused teens and teachers, Cavalcade is the place! Such a fun event. ~ Ally Condie

Cavalcade was an amazing event. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!” ~ Rose Cooper

Cavalcade is one of the very best events I’ve attended and an amazing opportunity to reach teens! ~ Kevin Emerson

I had such a great time at Cavalcade. It’s great to see so many kids in one place who are enthusiastic about books and writing! ~ Marissa Meyer

Blogged by Library Lions – Jeff Burlingame


Welcome to Library Lions interviews Raising a Roar for libraries and the outstanding librarians across the U.S. Today we’re celebrating Cavalcade of Authors Part 2 with Jeff Burlingame’s article recently featured in the magazine The Medium.

Jeff Burlingame (showing his prized Cavalcade tee shirt) is the NAACP Image Award-winning author of more than 20 nonfiction books for both teens and adults. He also was one of Cavalcade’s featured authors this year.

Take nearly 1,000 middle school and high school students from seven districts in two states, bus them to a community college in southeastern Washington on a Friday morning in March and let them spend the day listening to, learning from — and occasionally crying over meeting — 16 prominent YA authors from across the United States. What you get, according to Pura Belpré-winning Texas author Guadalupe Garcia McCall, “is a buzzing, lively hive where both students and authors can meet to discuss the most important of interests: reading good books.” Read More

Blogged by Library Lions – Janet Lee Carey

Roar for Cavalcade of Authors

Happy Children’s Book Week! And welcome to a Special Edition of Library Lions. This week we’re Roaring for the Cavalcade of Authors now in its 5th year!

The Skinny
Cavalcade of Authors yearly conference is dedicated to providing the secondary students of our region access to some of the best Young Adult authors of our modern era. Our special interest is to celebrate Pacific Northwest Authors while introducing students to a variety of genres and subject matter and to furthermore, promote reading and writing within our community. We provide for our participants an authentic writing conference experience where students can learn from the ultimate mentors: the authors of the books they are reading. Read more

Cavalcade featured in School Library Monthly

Cavalcade of Authors was featured in the January 2013 issue of School Library Monthly a national library journal. We are making a difference!

IMAGINE AN EVENT for 650 teenagers to get together with a dozen of their favorite authors. Imagine that this event allows these students to hear original backstories, pose star-struck for photos, and be inspired by these authors. Imagine an event where students and authors can share ideas and find inspirations around the art of writing. Read more

Medium Library Journal of WA

Cavalcade of Authors: Bringing a Community Together

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Medium, Spring 2012, v36, n3, Turn to page 10 for the story about Cavalcade of Authors.

Blogged by

Cavalcade of Authors: Bringing a Community Together

On March 9th of this year I was fortunate enough to attend a phenomenal event in Tri-Cities, Cavalcade of Authors, created by Richland School District middle school librarian, Michelle Lane. The event brought together 12 middle and high school level authors with 650 students in the Richland, Kennewick, Umatilla, and North Franklin School Districts. Enterprise Middle School librarian, Michelle  [ Read More ]

Blogged by Pete Hautman

Hole in the Sky Book Trailer

Hole in the Sky is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel set in the near future, after a virulent strain of influenza has wiped out more than 99% of the human race. Michelle Lane, the organizer of Cavalcade of Authors (scroll down to see my post about the fabulous event) and her husband made this cool video about the book. Thanks, Michelle! [Read more]

Blogged by Alexander Gordon Smith

US Tour Part 3: Cavalcade of Awesomeness!!!!!!! 🙂

The Cavalcade of Authors, in the Tri-Cities, is the reason I’m over here in the States. It’s an amazing event, created and run by a wonderful woman called Michelle Lane. The idea is to bring together twelve authors and a load of schools for a day of talks, creative writing workshops and author panels. Genius! Michelle got in touch with me last year and asked if I’d like to come over for it, as the Furnace books were popular in the schools. And of course I said yes!! [Read more]