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Martha Brockenbrough

Martha has taught writing for children at the University of Washington continuing education program and elsewhere, and is the author of three children's books on the shelves, with two forthcoming. Out now: the YA novel Devine Intervention, one of Kirkus Reviews' Top 100 books for teens in 2012; the middle grade nonfiction opus Finding Bigfoot, and a picture book called The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy. Her next books are the YA novel The Game of Love and Death and the picture book Love, Santa. Scholastic will publish both. 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


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

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.