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      Students indulge their creative sides at 37th Young Authors

      Hundreds of fourth and fifth grade students from 14 area schools came together today to put their creativity to good use.

      Northern Michigan University held their 37th annual Young Author's Conference in Jamrich Hall.

      The students get to try different activities ranging from making books, reading and writing, meeting a new author, and even getting their cross-fit on.

      Double Trouble DJs, the YMCA, the Negaunee High School Robotics team, and many others came today to show the students different ways to be creative.

      "Most of them are community members who are volunteering their time to come do something fun with the kids from our area, and they get to share a personally written book that they are the authors and illustrators of to another class," said Andrea Kleinpaste, Co-Director, Young Author's Conference.

      The students even got the chance to meet Matt Novak, this year's featured Author.

      Novak has written and illustrated over 25 children's books.

      "I'm excited to meet Matt and my class gets to go up and make the poems," said student Rebekah Gethers.

      "I love telling stories and most of my stories are funny, so if I'm writing stories that make kids laugh, that's probably my favorite part of it all," said author Matt Novak.

      Many of the students said their favorite part of the day was showing off their hard work; writing and illustrating their very own books.