The eighth annual Celebration of Young Writers and After School Arts Program benefit auction will be held May 11 in Washington.

The event will open at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception under a tent at the First Congregational Church on the Green, followed by a live and silent auction.

Author Frank Delaney will serve as host.

As a past reader for the event, Delaney has called the Celebration of Young Writers "the best evening of the year in Litchfield County."

Several other firsts this year will include an expanded silent and live auction, featuring unique items such as a Macallan Distillery Scotland Trip and a fully catered Hoedown Party for 40, new celebrity readers, and the new venue.

The event, a major fundraiser for the After School Arts Program, will feature the work of area young writers, read aloud by local celebrities, including Mia Farrow, Jack Gilpin and Anne Garrels.

Past readers have brought humor and emotional depth to the children's essays, selected from submissions of children in kindergarten through grade 12.

The evening will conclude with the presentation of the Frank McCourt Prize for Excellence in Teaching to a dedicated local educator.

Tickets are $50 for general admission, $100 for reserved seating, $500 for silver patron tickets and $1,000 for golden patron tickets.

For more information and tickets, visit, stop by the Hickory Stick Bookshop in Washington Depot or call 860-868-0740.