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Monthly Meeting: Writing About Difficult Topics for Young Readers – ONLINE

Date(s) - 06/13/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am


June’s monthly meeting will be a panel discussion focusing on writing about difficult topics for young readers. Meeting will take place ONLINE. Zoom link will be posted the morning of June 13.

Panelists will include:

Cindy Baldwin, author of the middle grade novel, Where the Watermelons Grow.

Bethany Hegedus, author of the picture book, Rise: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People, Maya Angelou

Catherine Stier, author of the picture book, When a Kid Like Me Fights Cancer.

Cindy Baldwin

Cindy Baldwin is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Where The Watermelons Grow and the forthcoming Beginners Welcome. She grew up in North Carolina and still misses the sweet watermelons and warm accents on a daily basis. As a middle schooler, she kept a book under her bathroom sink to read over and over while fixing her hair or brushing her teeth, and she dreams of writing the kind of books readers can’t bear to be without. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and daughter.

Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus’ children’s picture books include the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandhi), as well Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird, Rise!: From Caged Bird to Poet of the People: Dr. Maya Angelou, and the forthcoming Hard Work But It’s Worth It: The Life of Jimmy Carter. Her books have been included in numerous “best of” lists such as A Mighty Girl’s Best Books of 2018 and Kirkus’ Best Books of the Year. A former educator, Bethany is an in-demand keynote speaker, workshop leader, and mentor who speaks and teaches across the country about writing, creativity, resilience, and privilege. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of The Writing Barn in Austin, Texas and host of the popular Courage to Create podcast. She graduated from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults.

Catherine Stier

Catherine Stier won a creative writing contest—in first grade. Since then she has authored ten children’s books and numerous magazine and newspaper articles. Stier has served as a newspaper columnist and freelance magazine writer, instructed writing classes, led a library Teen Writing Club and conducted academic research on children’s picture books. Her books have received honors from the International Reading Association, the Bank Street College of Education, and others. Stier holds a BA in Communication Arts and an MA in Reading and Literacy. Born in Michigan, Stier now lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Meeting will take place ONLINE. Zoom link will be posted the morning of June 13. is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Monthly Meeting: Writing About Difficult Topics for Young Readers
Time: Jun 13, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)

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The monthly meeting will be immediately followed by an Open Critique Group for SCBWI members.