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Meet Our 2019 Conference Faculty: Sean Petrie

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.

Sean Petrie, Author, Co-Founder of Typewriter Rodeo

Sean Petrie is a co-founder of the on-the-spot poetry group, Typewriter Rodeo. He’s written over 10,000 poems at events all across the country, including for The Smithsonian, Willie Nelson’s SXSW festival, and on national radio and TV. He is a co-author of Typewriter Rodeo: real people, real stories, custom poems (Andrews McMeel 2018). Sean is also the author of multiple short middle grade books, including DEEP TROUBLE (Fountas & Pinnell, 2020) and KINDLING COURAGE (Fountas & Pinnell, 2020), and teaches poetry workshops for several Austin organizations.

Sean Petrie
Sean Petrie

What attracted you to children’s books?

My favorite book has always been THE WESTING GAME. I’ve tried over and over to write for adults, but am always called back to stories for kids. For me, they are full of more wonder and magic than any other.

What’s the best part of your job?

Presenting to kids and adults! Writing spontaneous poems for strangers! Coming up with that one line that makes me sit up and say “YES!” Naps.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Writing on the days when the ideas are sleeping.

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

“You have a voice worth sharing. SHARE IT. And later, when you’re all successful and sh*t, help the folks who are just starting out, like I’m doing for you right now.” – Laurie Halse Anderson

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