Anne-Marie Strohman (editor) writes picture books and is working on a middle grade novel. She is trained as a teacher, an editor, and a scholar, specializing in Renaissance Literature. She lives in the mostly-sunny city of Sunnyvale with her husband and two children. She is an active member of SCBWI.
Find her at amstrohman.com
and on Twitter @amstrwriter
Kristi Wright (assistant editor) is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the San Francisco/South region of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and a writing mentor for the non-profit Society of Young Inklings. She offers writing workshops at the elementary school level with a focus on point of view and sensory detail. Her indie-published futuristic middle grade adventure series, The Basker Twins in the 31st Century, raises funds and awareness for a rare, childhood-onset disease, Friedreich’s ataxia.
Find her at www.kristiwrightauthor.com
and on Twitter @KristiWrite
Beth Mitchell lives in the coastal mountains of Northern California with her husband and two sons. A member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, she writes middle grade novels and blogs about the books she and her boys love.
Find her at bethmitchell.rocks
Sarah S. Davis lives among cats and piles of books outside Philadelphia. Her writing has appeared on Book Riot, Electric Literature, and Kirkus Reviews. She holds a BA in English form the University of Pennsylvania and a Master's of Library Science from Clarion University. Sarah is currently an MFA student in Vermont College of Fine Arts' kid lit program. She is working on a middle grade fantasy novel, a YA dystopian series, and collection of nonsense verse. Besides reading books, Sarah also reads tarot cards professionally.
Find Sarah on her blog, Broke by Books.
After years of reading long Victorian novels, Becky Levine worked in closed-captioning, where they basically paid her to get rid of words. Somehow, that early mash-up of story and editing led to the picture-books she writes today. Becky is the author of two books for Capstone Press and is a member of SCBWI. She lives in California’s Santa Cruz mountains and works as Grants Manager for a regional nonprofit. In her free time, Becky travels with her husband in their Vanagon, including frequent road-trips to visit their son, and knits very simple baby blankets.
She also blogs at beckylevine.com.
Lindsay Lackey has trained as an opera singer, worked in children’s and teen services at the public library, and for a major publishing house in publicity and marketing. Now, she writes magical novels for middle grade readers. Born and raised in Colorado, she now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their spoiled dog.
Lindsay’s debut middle grade novel, ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, is coming Fall 2019 from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press.
Find her at www.lindsaylackey.com
Jen Jobart writes middle grade fiction and is always sending characters she loves on dangerous adventures. She is an active member of the SCBWI and has studied writing for children through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. When Jen’s not writing, she’s outside gardening and raising chickens at her home in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Find her at www.jenjobart.com
Danielle Sunshine grew up in Texas and studied English Literature at UC Berkeley. She also holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Danielle teaches creative writing and ESL to kids and adults. She is the Regional Advisor for the SF/South chapter of SCBWI and the founder of the Middle Grade Lunchbreak, a craft discussion group for writers. Danielle is currently working on a middle grade contemporary novel and has a few ideas for some picture books bouncing around in her head. She lives with her husband, two children, and English Shepherd in the SF Bay Area.
LA Biscay writes children’s books and dances everyday, if only down the hall. As a teacher of Creative Movement, she enjoys assembling basic dance elements into unique combinations. It’s probably why she’s a fan of story structure! LA is an active member of SCBWI. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, children, super dog, and a brood of chickens that lay green eggs. Yep. Green eggs.
Kat St. Claire’s stories for children have won several awards. She writes in her downtown Menlo Park treehouse where traffic sounds like ocean waves and imagination reigns.
You can find her on Facebook and soon on her web site, a work in progress.
Sonya Doernberg lives in the Bay Area with her husband and ten-year-old fraternal girl/boy twins. She writes middle grade historical fiction.
You can find Sonya on facebook.
Stephen E. Ambrose