2014 Faculty (Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference)
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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.
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 >>
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 >>
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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 >>
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.
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Summer Dawn Laurie
Bio coming soon!
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.
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.
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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.
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.