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Meet Our 2019 Conference Faculty: Lorin Oberweger

Meet the faculty of the 2019 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.

Lorin Oberweger, Author and Agent, Adams Literary

As a newly minted agent with Adams Literary (which also represents her work), Lorin is actively acquiring authors for her list. She has also served as a highly sought-after independent book editor and ghostwriter, helping to shepherd hundreds of books—including many bestsellers—to publishing success. Lorin’s specialty is one-on-one story development and workshops for writers of all genres of fiction and creative non-fiction. She is a popular speaker at conferences around the country, including many appearances at SCBWI events. Teaching writing craft rates right up there in her list of favorite things to do. An award-winning author, Lorin has written for a wide variety of periodicals, and her ghost-written books, commissioned by major publishers, have received glowing notices from the New York Times, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal, among others. She is the co-author of BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE (HarperCollins/William Morrow), under the pen name Noelle August.

Lorin Oberweger
Lorin Oberweger

What attracted you to children’s books?

I’m aware of what lifesavers they can be, how they can shape young (or not-so-young) hearts and minds. They can offer a feeling of belonging, of recognizing oneself on the page, in a way that is intensely meaningful for readers.

What’s the best part of your job?

Helping to develop stories with great potential into stories that are just GREAT.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Keeping up with email and having to say “no.”

What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?

“Don’t settle.”

Come see NAME at the 2019 Austin SCBWI conference, May 18-19, 2019