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Writing a novel is not for the faint of heart. It might not even be for the sound of mind. But it's good, clean fun. Or dirty fun, if that's more your thing. Wherever you are in the process, we offer personalized, expert support.


Martha Brockenbrough

Martha Brockenbrough teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in their Writing for Children and Young Adults MFA program. She is the author of eight books for young readers, including The Game of Love and Death, a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, winner of the Washington State Book Award and Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award and other accolades. Out now: Love, Santa; Alexander Hamilton; Revolutionary; Shark Week; Finding Bigfoot, Back to School with Bigfoot, The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy; and the YA novel Devine Intervention, one of Kirkus Reviews' Top 100 books for teens in 2012. She's the founder of National Grammar Day, a former educational humor columnist for Encarta, and has written game questions for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. (For more, see marthabrockenbrough.com.)


Lish McBride

Lish McBride holds an MFA in fiction from the University of New Orleans. She's taught workshops both internationally and locally on a variety of writing topics on levels reaching anywhere from post MFA graduate level to writing workshops for kids and teens at 826 Seattle. Lish also sits on thesis committees for the University of New Orleans MFA program. Her works include the Morris Award finalist Hold Me Closer, Necromancer--which also won the Scanduzzi award. Both HMC,N and its sequel, Necromancing the Stone, were YALSA picks. Her latest, Firebug, has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Other works include the upcoming Firebug sequel as well as several short stories. (For a complete list, see www.lishmcbride.com.)

Jolie Stekly

Jolie Stekly teaches the year-long Writing for Children program at the University of Washington. Over the past ten years she has worked with numerous editors, agents, authors, and illustrators to develop programing for conference, retreats, and classes. She was recognized as SCBWI’s 2009 Member of the Year and now welcomes hundreds of first-time conference attendees to the international conference in Los Angeles, helping them make the most of their experience. She holds a master's degree in education, is on the blog team for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and is represented by the literary agent Rosemary Stimola. She writes young adult novels.