2014 Faculty (Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference)

2014 Faculty


Jon Agee
Creator of many acclaimed books for children, including the New York Times Best Illustrated Book Terrific; ALA Notable Books Milo's Hat Trick, The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau, Little Santa, The Other Side of Town; and a series of popular wordplay books including, Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!

 Andrea Alban
Author of nine books, including the YA novel, Anya's War, (shortlisted for China's 2012 Panda Awards and an ALA honor award), and the bestseller The Happiness Tree. She is a dynamic speaker at schools, writing conferences, and literary festivals. Alban edits manuscripts and coaches writers in manuscript development and revision, as well as how to prepare submissions to editors and agents.
 Laura Atkins
Independent children's book editor with twenty years of editorial experience. Most recently, Atkins was a lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature in London. She currently edits for Cassava Republic Press in Nigeria, Saffron Press in Canada, and offers editorial services to self-publishers and aspiring and published writers and illustrators. Read more >>

Mac Barnett
Author of several critically-acclaimed picture books, including Billy Twitters and His Blue Whale Problem, President Taft is Stuck in the Bath, Count the Monkeys, Extra Yarn, and Oh No!: Or How My Science Project Destroyed the World. He also writes the Brixton Brothers series of mysteries. Barnett is the founder of the Echo Park Time Travel Mart, a convenience store for time travelers, and serves on the board of 826LA, a nonprofit writing and tutoring center.

 T.A. Barron
New York Times bestselling author of children and teen books, notably, The Merlin Saga, which includes all the adventures in Merlin’s world: the Lost Years of Merlin epic, Merlin’s Dragon trilogy, and Great Tree of Avalon trilogy.Barron has also created a Young Heros Award that rewards children who are heroic in their communities. He is an environmental activist and is on the board of many corporations and charities. Read more >>

 Lewis Buzbee
Author of books for both adults and youth, Buzbee began writing at the age of 15, after reading the first chapter of The Grapes of Wrath. He is currently on the faculty of the MFA program at the University of San Francisco. Buzbee's first novel for middle grade readers, Steinbeck’s Ghost, won many awards, including the Northern California Independent Booksellers’ Association Children’s Book of the Year. His second middle-grade novel, The Haunting of Charles Dickens, won the Northern California Book Award, was nominated for an Edgar, and was selected as a Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book. His third, and most recent, middle-grade novel is titled Bridge of Time. Read More >>
 Minju Chang
Literary Agent for BookStop Literary Agency, which she joined in 2006. Chang represents middle-grade and young adult writers of all genres, and some picture book writers. She has a particular interest in smart adventure/mystery novels, magical realism, and intense literary fiction. But, her real weakness is for funny, clever, and gutsy characters with big attitudes.
Summer Dawn Laurie

Summer Dawn Laurie
Independent children’s book editor. After ten years working in-house at children's book publishers, as senior editor at Tricycle Press and at Chronicle Books for Children, Laurie decided to head out on her own. Over the years, she has edited more than 50 published books, ranging from board books to picture books, middle-grade novels and nonfiction.

 Katherine Engh
Bio coming soon!
 Naomi Kirsten
Editor at Chronicle Books. Kirsten edits picture books and novelty formats, and develops publishing programs, with Moomin, Lately Lily, Star Wars, and Marc Boutavant, among others. Her recent and upcoming titles include: I Didn’t Do My Homework Because… (a Junior Library Guild selection), Yeti, Turn Out the Light!, Cat Says Meow, Ice Sabers, Jumping Jack, and The Bear’s Song, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Prior to Chronicle Books, Kirsten was an editor at Harper’s magazine and Discovery Girls magazine.

Brian McMullen
Edits and designs the McSweeney’s McMullens children’s book series for McSweeney’s. 



Pooja Menoon
Literary agent, who joined Kimberley Cameron & Associates as an intern in 2011, with the aim of immersing herself in the elusive world of books and publishing. She soon realized that being an agent was what she was most drawn to. Menoon represents both fiction and non-fiction for Adult and Young Adult markets. She is interested in stories that deal with the prevalent issues that face teenagers today, fantasy, magical- realism, and historical fiction.

 Bethanie Murguia
Author and illustrator of Zoe Gets Ready, Buglette, the Messy Sleeper, Snippet the Early Riser, and most recently, I Feel Five!. She received an MFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York. While in New York, Murguia was an art director for Hearst Magazines. After relocating to the Bay Area, she continued to work as an art director, and began painting again, with her award-winning watercolors displayed in various galleries.
Amy Novesky

Amy Novesky
Independent children's book editor, children's author, creative director, and co-founder of Ever After Studio, a children's book production company. Her works include Me, Frida, Elephant Prince, and Georgia in Hawaii. Currently, Novesky produces children’s books, is the creative director for Paper Hat Press, and frequently teaches writing workshops at Book Passage. Read more >>

Kathryn Otoshi
Kathryn Otoshi
Conference Chair
Award-winning writer and illustrator, whose books have won the E.B. White Read Aloud Honor, the Nautilus Gold Award, and the Mom's Choice Award. Her books include Zero, One, Maneki Meko, Simon and the Sock Monster, What Emily Saw, and  Marcello the Movie Mouse
 Thien Pham
Comic book and visual artist, based in the Bay Area. He is also a high school teacher. Pham illustrated Gene Luen Yang's Level Up, a YALSA Great Graphic Novel and New York Times Notable Children's Book. 
Sumo is his first solo work.
Lissa Rovetch

Lissa Rovetch
Artist, and writing and creativity coach at Pixar Studios and Funthink. She has written and/or illustrated over 20 children’s books including: Ook the Book, Hot Dog and Bob, There Was a Man Who Loved a Rat...; hundreds of children’s magazine stories, such as the Highlight’s Ask Arizona series; and computer games. Rovetch founded Kid Lit Salon, a monthly group for children's writers and illustrators, which has been meeting at Book Passage since 2008. Read more >> 

 Ginee Seo
Children’s publishing director at Chronicle Books.
 Tamra Tuller
Children's book editor at Chronicle Books. Tuller got her publishing feet wet in the Scholastic Book Clubs, then moved on to Blue Sky Press, then Philomel Books, and finally Chronicle Books. She is interested primarily in reality-based, literary middle grade and young adult fiction. Tuller has worked with such authors as Ruta Sepetys, Kathryn Erskine, Hannah Moskowitz, Beth Kephart, and K.A. Holt.


Caryn Wiseman
An agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency since 2003. She has sold almost 250 books. She's is drawn to contemporary YA with a strong voice, multi-faceted characters, complex relationships, beautiful writing and a well-developed hook. In addition, she loves speculative YA fiction—usually contemporary with a very smart science fiction or light fantasy element, but she also appreciates being carried away by great world-building in a unique story that isn't grounded in reality.

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 Ginee Seo
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Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference
June 12-15, 2014
51 Tamal Vista Blvd.
Corte Madera, CA 94925
(San Francisco Bay Area)
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(800) 999-7909, ext. 239
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