Young Authors Conference 

2024 Event Information

Grade Levels: 3rd - 8th

Date: November 1, 2024

Location: Greystone Event Center

Time: 9:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Event Features:

Author Presentations

Illustrator Workshops

Autograph Sessions

Buckeye Book Fair Preview & Visit

2024 Authors

Lindsay Ward is the author and illustrator of over thirty books for kids. Her work has been reviewed in Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the New York Times. Lindsay is the founder of Critter Lit, a picture book critique service for up-and-coming authors and illustrators. Originally from San Jose, California, Lindsay now lives in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula, Ohio, with her husband, author Frank Tupta, their three boys, dog, Sally, and a flock of ducks. 

For more information, visit her website at

Conrad Storad

Conrad J. Storad is the award-winning author or editor of more than 60 science and nature books for children and young adults. A new title for 2023 is Night Watchers, the first of the Story Monster’s S.T.E.A.M. Chronicles book series. 

In March 2017, Storad achieved a career goal. He has read stories to more than 1 million students and teachers. Storad has conducted writing workshops and presentations at more than 1,700 schools, libraries, and events in 18 states to promote reading and science literacy. 

For more  information, visit his website at 

Terri Libenson

Terri Libenson (pronounced LEE-ben-son) is a New York Times bestselling children’s book author of the popular middle grade series, Emmie & Friends (Balzer + Bray), which has won numerous awards and has been translated into twenty languages.

Born and raised in Kingston, PA, Terri lives in Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Mike. She is the proud mom of two grown daughters and a spoiled poodle, Rosie.

For more information, visit her website at

Will Hillenbrand

Will Hillenbrand is a celebrated children’s author and illustrator whose published works include over 70 books.

Will has lived almost all his life in Cincinnati where he grew up as the youngest of four boys. He was the first

Illustrator and Author in Residence at Kent State University at Kent Campus and the Art Academy of Cincinnati.

For more information, visit his website at .

About YAC

The Young Authors Conference is a partnership with all schools in Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland counties through Buckeye Book Fair’s established partnership with Tri-County Educational Service Center, the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, and Ohio Arts Council. With over 400 students participating, the Young Authors Conference teaches students in grades 3-8 about the ins and outs of the writing and storytelling process. Students attend a one-day session where they work intensively with a teaching artist expert in writing, illustration, and publishing.

Activities and Resources 

About us

Tri-County Educational Service Center is a public education organization supporting school districts in Wayne, Holmes, and Ashland Counties.  Among many other supports, Tri-County ESC provides student engagement and learning opportunities.  This year's Young Authors' Conference will mark the 50th such anniversary for this student event. For more information about TCESC, click here.  

Buckeye Authors’ Book Fair Committee Inc. was created as a nonprofit entity in 1987 in Wooster, Ohio. The organization works exclusively with Ohio authors and illustrators to support literacy projects, including an annual book fair, author lectures, and teacher and student workshops. The annual “Buckeye Book Fair” event is one of Ohio’s premier book fairs and has become the organization’s DBA. Buckeye Book Fair serves thousands of Ohio readers, writers, teachers, students, and families who participate in our programs each year.  For more information about BBF, click here.


Students and teachers, welcome to the Young Authors Conference, created and hosted by Tri-County ESC and Buckeye Book Fair.  

 All live event information is posted directly on this welcome page. It is our collective hope that students and teachers find this event engaging, enriching, and full of resources to implement!