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Fall Workshop: Speaker Bios

Read more about the speakers for the Austin SCBWI 2014 Fall Workshop: Research for Fiction, Non-Fiction and Historical Fiction Writers.

Carolyn Yoder

Carolyn Yoder

Carolyn P. Yoder

Carolyn P. Yoder is the senior editor of Calkins Creek Books, the U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills Press. A few of the award-winning titles she has worked on are: THE AMAZING HARRY KELLAR: GREAT AMERICAN MAGICIAN (a Kirkus Best Book and NCTE Obis Pictus Recommended Book); BLACK & WHITE: THE CONFRONTATION BETWEEN REVEREND FRED L. SHUTTLESWORTH AND EUGENE "BULL" CONNOR (a Sibert Honor and ALA Notable); BIRMINGHAM SUNDAY (NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor Book); and THE STORY OF BAYARD RUSTIN (Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner). She is also the senior editor of history and world cultures at HIGHLIGHTS magazine.

Carolyn has been an editor and writer for The New Jersey Historical Society and the executive director of The New Hampshire Antiquarian Society. From 1983 to 1996, she served as editor, editor-in-chief, and assistant publisher of Cobblestone Publishing, Inc.

Cynthia Levinson

Cynthia Levinson

Cynthia Levinson

After working for over two decades in education policy, research, and teaching, Cynthia started writing non-fiction for young readers. She has published over two-dozen articles in the Cricket Media Group of magazines; many of them entailed interviewing young people and other experts.

Her first two middle-grade non-fiction books — WE'VE GOT A JOB: THE 1963 BIRMINGHAM CHILDREN'S MARCH and WATCH OUT FOR FLYING KIDS (forthcoming) — relied on personal interviews with civil rights activists and troupers in children's circus programs, respectively.

Following publication of a forthcoming picture book, THE YOUNGEST MARCHER, Cynthia's next middle-grade will be a biography of Hillary Rodham Clinton, whom she "interviewed" in her pajamas when the former First Lady/Senator/Secretary of State lived across the hall in college.

Greg Leitich Smith

Greg Leitich Smith

Greg Leitich Smith

A native of Chicago, award-winning author Greg Leitich Smith now lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, author Cynthia Leitich Smith, and their cats.

His middle grade/tween novels include the Parents’ Choice Gold Award-winning and Junior Library Guild Selection, NINJAS, PIRANHAS, AND GALILEO (Little Brown/IntoPrint); its companion TOFU AND T.REX (Little Brown/IntoPrint); the Junior Library Guild Selection CHRONAL ENGINE (Clarion); and the forthcoming LITTLE GREEN MEN AT THE MERCURY INN (Roaring Brook). He is also published in the picture book and YA short story.

Although he's never seen a UFO or built a time machine, he holds degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Illinois and the University of Texas, and a degree in law from the University of Michigan. His web page is www.gregleitichsmith.com and he blogs at greglsblog.blogspot.com.

Jeanette Larson

Jeanette Larson

Jeanette Larson

Author of HUMMINGBIRDS: FACT AND FOLKLORE, Jeanette Larson is a research junkie and uses her research talents to write non-fiction for children and librarians. As a retired librarian it is almost embarrassing for her to admit she'd much rather do that research from home. Fortunately her career of more than 35 years has given her the skills needed to master the technology and allow her to avoid the pitfalls of Google and Wikipedia.

Jeanette has worked in public libraries and as a consultant and trainer for the Texas State Library. She currently teaches library science for Texas Woman's University when she is not writing or birding. She and her husband, Jim, along with various dogs and cats, now live in Rockport, Texas.

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