2014 Faculty (Children's Writers & Illustrators Conference)
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.
A Digital Producer & Editor for Berrett-Koehler, which publishes nonfiction books for adults on society, business, & personal development. She maintains the company website, develops digital book resources, and helps authors grow their online voices. She also helps the editorial department find new books and shape manuscripts. Her hobbies are social media and creative writing.
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 >>
Author of the Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book In a Blue Room and the author and illustrator of except if, Oh No, Little Dragon, and The Market Bowl. He studied writing and illustrating for children at UC Berkeley. He was the Regional Advisor for the San Francisco chapter of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.
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 >>
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.
Kristin Elizabeth Clark
An award-winning author and National Board Certified Teacher who worked as a bilingual elementary educator and literacy consultant for over 20 years, Susan now works as a social media strategist for authors and publishers at Spreecast and as a private consultant. She served as the Strategic Partner Manager for Authors and Publishers at Facebook and is also the Founder and Executive Director of Connecting Authors. She is the author of ABC, Baby Me!, My Mama Earth, and has two forthcoming titles to be released in 2015. Read more >>
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.
|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.
The author of the middle-grade novel Call Me Isis: Egyptian Goddess of Magic, and the picture book biography Mary Tudor "Bloody Mary", winner of a California Reading Association Medal. Her writing has been published in Highlights for Children, Adventure Cyclist, and the anthologies The Discovery of Poetry and A Cup of Comfort for Mothers to Be. Gretchen also co-wrote the screenplay, ALMA, a 2007 short film that has screened in 22 festivals and won multiple awards.
Linda Watanabe McFerrin
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. Read more >>
| ||Kathryn Otoshi|
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 publishing director at Chronicle Books.
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.