A Speech to Inspire All Ages

by aec

The following speech was delivered by Sean Price at the AEC's Young Southern Student Writers award presentation ceremony at Memorial Auditorium on March 27th. Over 1,000 students, families and teachers were in attendance. Sean Price is a local freelance writer who specializes in work for children and young readers.


I want to thank the folks at the Arts & Education Council for asking me to speak tonight. I’ve been writing and editing for teenagers for about 15 years now, and I get a kick out of events like this. I promise to make my comments short because I know that you’re anxious to get your medals.

Because of the work I do, I’m often asked “Should I have heard of you?” The smart-aleck answer is that, “Yes, you should have heard of me.” In a just world, I should be as famous – and as rich – as J.K. Rowling. Alas, that is not the case.

So you probably haven’t heard my name. But you may have seen my work if you have read magazines like Junior Scholastic or Weekly Reader or National Geographic Kids. You might also have read my books if you’ve read anything on the Civil War or telescopes or the Harlem Renaissance or any number of other non-fiction topics.

I was asked to speak to you for a few minutes about “th