Young Writers Day

Registration for Young Writers Day May 3, 2024

Registration closes April 8, 2024

Registration for West Virginia Young Writers Day is handled through the county coordinator and the teachers of county winners. Please contact your child’s teacher or the county coordinator for information on the registration process.

This year’s Young Writers Day will be held at the University of Charleston!

2024 Young Writers Day Schedule


WV Young Writers Day Schedule 2024

University of Charleston 

May 3, 2024 


8:00-9:00 a.m. Registration – Riggleman Hall 


9:00-9:15 a.m. Opening Ceremonies – Riggleman Hall Auditorium 


Introduction: Dr. Barbara O’Byrne, Director, Central WV Writing Project 

Welcome: Dr. Martin Roth, President, University of Charleston  

Greetings: Ms.  Michele Blatt State Superintendent of Schools, West Virginia Department of Education 

Presentation: On behalf of Governor Jim Justice

9:15-9:45 a.m. Keynote Presentation  

Ashley Belote 

10:00-11:00 a.m. Young Writers Workshops 

Anna Smucker 

Grades 1-2, Erma Byrd Gallery (Riggleman Hall, 3rd floor) 

Ashley Belote 

Grades 3-4, Clay Tower Building Room 211 

Daniel Boyd 

Grades 5-6, Frankenberger Art Gallery (Geary Student Union, GSU 2nd floor) 

Patricia Miller 

Grades 7-9, Riggleman Hall Room 134 

Marc Harshman 

Grades 10-12 Riggleman Hall, Room 408 

Helen Southall 

Pre-registered teachers, Riggleman Hall, Room 123 

Parents and Other Adults 

Join Dr. Stephanie Burdette for a writing activity,  

Ballroom, 3rd floor of Geary Student Union 

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch 

Lunch tickets will be provided for the student, their two accompanying guests, and teachers. Due to limited food service staffing, no additional meals will be made available. 

Students in grades 1-6 will be dismissed at 11:00 and must be picked up by a parent or guardian for lunch.  

Students in grades 7-12 will be dismissed for lunch at 11:10 a.m. 

Box Lunches served outside, patio area of the Clay Tower 


In the event of inclement weather, lunches will be served in the 3rd floor ballroom. The ballroom and rooms used for student workshops will be made available for lunch seating.  


Dignitaries Luncheon 

Staunton Annex 

12:00-12:30 p.m. Author Tables and Book Sales 

Riggleman Hall Rotunda 

 12:30-1:00 p.m. Student Lineup  

Grand Entrance on 3rd floor hallway of Riggleman Hall  

Students only – please no parents 

1:00-3:00 p.m.  Awards Ceremony, Riggleman Auditorium  

Readings by first place state winners 

Presentation of the Laura Tracy Baisden Exemplary Teaching of Writing Award 

Recognition of county winners. 

Please no photos during handing out of certificates; a designated photographer will take photos of all winners. Photos will be posted on the WVDE website.  

3:00 p.m. Drawing of Door Prizes