2018 Children's Book Writers & Illustrators Conference

2018 Faculty (More to Be Announced)

Lisa Abellera
Literary Agent with Kimberley Cameron with talent for strategic management of her clients’ career and eye for edgy middle grade and young adult works.
Andrea Alban
Author of nine books, including Anya’s War and The Happiness Tree. Andrea founded the Writer’s Tribe™ Feedback Forum for Children’s Writers at Book Passage. She tutors teenagers in creative writing, editing manuscripts and guiding writers through the book submission process.
Christine Bronstein
Founder of Nothing But The Truth Publishing and A Band of Women powerhouse networking community, she is also the author of the Stewie Boom! series of children’s books. 
Gennifer Choldenko
Her bestselling Al Capone series have been both Newberry Award finalists and won a Sid Fleischman award! Her fourth book in the series, Al Capone Throws Me a Curve, releases this spring. 
Ying Chang Compestine
Named one of the “50 Great Writers You Should Be Reading” by the Author’s Show. Her book Revolution is Not a Dinner Party earned 30 national awards. Writing in multiple genres, she launched her latest picture book, The Chinese Emperor’s New Clothes, and accepted a movie deal last year. 
A. E. Conran
Author of the award-winning debut middle grade novel, The Lost Celt. She has lead Book Passage’s Ink youth writers program through two novels and is also a freelance editor. 
Stephen Fraser
Literary agent in the children’s publishing world at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency. As an Editor with HarperCollins Children’s Books, Steven has edited work from writers, including Mary Engelbreit, Gregory Maguire, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, and Dan Gutman. He represents both children’s and adult books in a wide range of genres.
Ellen Klages
Winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction with The Green Glass Sea. Her other books include White Sands and Red Menace. Her latest book Out of Left Field gives a glimpse into gender politics within the children’s sports arena.

Pamela Livingston
Coordinator of the Children’s Writers Conference and Director of the Book Passage Path to Publishing program. Since graduating from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults, she has been a teacher, ghost writer, editor, and publisher of Goosebottom Books.

Tim McCanna
Author of Bitty Bot, Barnyard Boogie, and Watersong, which received a Kirkus starred review. This year he'll launch four new picture books, including Jack B. Ninja, Bitty Bot’s Big Beach Getaway, and Boing! He also serves as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI. 
Allison Moore
Editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books and former Associate Editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers. She is one of the editors helping to shape the children’s literary market today, Alison discovered two new writers at our 2017 conference!
Marissa Moss
Author/illustrator of many books, including the much beloved Amelia Notebook series. As the founder and Managing Editor of award winning Creston Books, she is renowned for launching debut authors. 
Elizabeth Partridge
The acclaimed author of more than a dozen books, including Marching to Freedom: Walk Together, Children, and Don’t You Grow Weary, as well as biographies of Dorothea Lange, Woody Guthrie, John Lennon, and others. She has won many awards and has been a National Book Award Finalist, Elizabeth is on faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults.
L.B. Schulman
Author of young adult novels. Her second, Stolen Secrets, was aimed at teens but with crossover appeal. It was named a Notable selection in the 2018 Sydney Taylor Awards. League of Strays was Ms. Schulman’s debut title. She provides editorial services to children’s writers with an emphasis on plotting and revision.
Andy Weiner
Andy Weiner is a longtime publishing professional, working for publishers including Abrams Books, Chronicle Books, Random House and Viking Penguin. He is the author of the book Down By the River, published March 6, 2018 by Abrams Books for Young Readers, illustrated by April Chu.
Mina Witteman
Author of the successful MG series Boreas, Mia’s Nest, and over 40 short stories, Witteman is published in the Netherlands. She is an expert teacher creative writing and a seasoned independent editor. Witteman is SCBWI's International Published Authors' Coordinator, former Regional Advisor for SCBWI The Netherlands, and former Chair of the Working Group Children's Books of the Dutch Authors Guild

Natasha Yim
Children’s author, freelance writer and editor, and playwright . She has published three fiction and two nonfiction picture books. Her book Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas was a Junior Library Guild and Scholastic Book Club selection and was nominated for the 2017 Illinois Monarch Readers’ Choice Award. Her latest book, The Rock Maiden, was released by Wisdom Tales Press in March, 2017, and is a finalist for the 2017 Foreword Reviews Best Book of the Year award. Natasha has written for the children’s magazines, Highlights for Children, Appleseeds, Faces, and Muse. She has recently completed a picture book project for Disney Publishing Worldwide. Mulan’s Lunar New Year will be released in October 2018. Natasha is also the Co-Regional Advisor for the SCBWI North and East Bay region. 

Karen Young
Illustrator of the Stewie Boom! series. She holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Art Psychotherapy.