SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet Our 2020 Conference Faculty: Laurie Halse Anderson

Meet the faculty of the 2020 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.


Laurie Halse Anderson, Author

LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON is a New York Times-bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists, and Chains was also short-listed for the United Kingdom’s Carnegie medal. She was selected by the American Library Association for the Margaret A. Edwards Award for her significant contribution to young adult literature. Laurie has also been honored for her battles for intellectual freedom by the National Coalition Against Censorship and the National Council of Teachers of English. She is a member of RAINN’s National Leadership Council and frequently speaks about sexual violence.


Laurie Halse Anderson
Laurie Halse Anderson

What attracted you to children’s books?

I think children and teenagers are a more important audience than adults.

What’s the best part of your job?

1) Talking with readers and learning what the world looks like to them. 2) The days when the writing flows so strongly that I lose the awareness of where I am and how much time is passing.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Balancing the need to travel and speak and conferences and schools with the need to write the next book.

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

Read more books, watch less television.

Come see Laurie Halse Anderson at the 2020 Austin SCBWI conference, May 2-3, 2020