2017-2018 Mentors/Faculty

2018 – 2019 Mentors/Faculty

Tera Lynn Childs

Tera Lynn Childs

Tera Lynn Childs is the RITA-award-winning and bestselling young adult author of the mythology-based Oh. My. Gods. series, the Forgive My Fins mermaid romances, the kick-butt monster-hunting Sweet Venom trilogy, and the Darkly Fae series. She also writes the City Chicks books and co-wrote the Hero Agenda and Creative HeArts series. Her works have appeared in over a dozen languages and on multiple state library reading lists. She lives in Las Vegas, where she spends her time writing wherever she can find a comfy chair and a steady stream of caffeinated beverages.


Eric Elfman 

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Eric Elfman is the co-author (with Neal Shusterman) of TESLA'S ATTIC and EDISON'S ALLEY from Disney-Hyperion Books, and is the author of twelve other books for kids, young adults and adults (including “Almanac of the Gross, Disgusting & Totally Repulsive,” in its sixth printing from Random House, named an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers). Eric has also sold four screenplays to Hollywood studios, including CLASS ACT (co-writer), which was set up at Dreamworks with Halle Berry attached to star. As a private writing coach, Eric has been on the faculty of the Big Sur Writing Workshop for the past ten years and has a number of award-winning and NY Times bestselling authors among his clients.

– accepting MG and YA 


Terri Farley

Terri Farley

Terri Farley is the best-selling author of the Phantom Stallion series for young readers and Seven Tears into the Sea, a contemporary Celtic fantasy nominated as a YALSA best book. Terri’s    work has sold over two million copies in 27 countries and she has taught readers' and writers' workshops for kindergarten to post-graduate level audiences in the U.S. and Canada.

Wild at Heart: Mustangs and the Young People Fighting to Save Them, her first work of non-fiction, published by Houghton-Mifflin-Harcourt, is a Junior Library Guild selection, winner of the Sterling North Heritage Award for Excellence in Children's Literature and has been honored by the National Science Teachers Association and commended by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. 

Farley taught middle school and high school language arts and journalism in inner-city Los Angeles, California and Reno, Nevada. She has a Master’s degree in journalism.

Farley is an advocate for the West’s wild horses and works with young people learning to make their voices heard.



Jenny MacKay

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Jenny MacKay has written 33 nonfiction books for middle-grade and teen readers on topics ranging from murder scenes and roller coasters to mythology and haunted houses. She has a master’s degree in creative writing and currently teaches college courses in English composition and communications. She has been a member of SCBWI since about 2007 (but who’s counting?) and has been a mentor for two of Nevada SCBWI’s Mentor Programs. She is a teacher at heart, and helping writers unearth and polish up the diamonds in their rough drafts is undoubtedly her favorite thing to do. She also preaches that a good story is a good story, whether it is true or make-believe, so she is equally happy working with writers to shape stupendous tales of both the fictional and the nonfictional kind.

- accepting Nonfiction, MG, and YA


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Heather Petty 

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Heather Petty has been obsessed with mysteries since she was twelve, which is when she decided that stories about murders in London drawing rooms and English seaside villages were far superior to all other stories. Lock & Mori is her first novel. She lives in Reno, Nevada with her husband, daughter, and four hopelessly devious cats. You can learn more about Heather and her books at heatherwpetty.com.

- accepting YA


 Suzanne Morgan Williams

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Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider and eleven nonfiction books for children. Bull Rider is a Junior Library Guild Selection, is on several state award lists and won a Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City. Suzanne’s work is research based (both fiction and nonfiction) and her research and presentations have taken her from Mexico to the Arctic, from China to Cape Cod. Suzanne has not only been an administrator and mentor for SCBWI Nevada program, but she was a mentor for the first SCBWI Emerging Voices award. She was SCBWI Member of the Year in 2012.  A writer for more than twenty years, she has found working with and developing connections with other book people to be pivotal in both her professional and personal life.  She is currently working on a historical novel.