Our mentors are published authors who are also great teachers. We will have agents/editors as additional faculty to participate during the program to provide feedback on mentees' work. Additional faculty will be announced later in the year.
Kristine Brogno, Children's Design Director of Chronicle Books. Kristine is an award-winning art director and designer and is currently the Design Director of Children's Publishing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco. She’s had the great honor of working with a broad range of children’s artists — from first-time book illustrators to seasoned veterans, including Carolyn Conahan, Ward Jenkins, Calef Brown, Tom Lichtenheld, Andy Rash, Melissa Sweet, Jen Corace and Meilo So, among many others. When she’s not reviewing sketches and looking for the perfect typeface, you can find her exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her two sons. Accepting picture book writer-illustrators.
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 FORGIE 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. Accepting YA.
"Don’t just tell us what your POV character is DOING, show us what they are FEELING. Make sure every significant story thing they do is accompanied by a FEELING. Your ultimate goal is to get the Reader to feel what your POV character is experiencing.”
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 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. Accepting MG and YA.
"When writing for children, don't dumb-down the story. Kids aren't dumb; they're inexperienced. Everything is new, so grab that sense of wonder."
Diana López is the author of the adult novella, SOFIA'S SAiNTS and the middle grade novels, CONFETTi GIRL, CHOKE, ASK MY MOOD RING HOW I FEEL, AND NOTHING UP MY SLEEVE. Diana lives in Victoria, Texas where she teaches creative writing at the University of Houston-Victoria. She also assists with the magazine Huizache and works as the managing director of CentroVictoria, an organization that promotes Latino literature and art. Accepting MG.
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
Axie Oh is a graduate of the University of California-San Diego where she studied Korean history and creative writing. Her debut novel, REBEL SEOUL, releases September 2017 from Tu Books. She is currently pursuing an MFA at Lesley University in Writing for Young People and is represented by Patricia Nelson of the Marsal Lyon Literary Agency. She has been an member of SCBWI NV since 2010 and has taught workshop on writing queries. In addition she was a mentor to several writers online. Before entering graduate school, she worked for Steven Malk, agent at Writers House. Her obsessions include: her new puppy, Toro, stationery supplies and milk tea.
"Re-read your favorite books with the eyes of a writer and study how they crafted those scenes you loved the best."
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. Accepting YA
Suzanne Morgan Williams
"You can be well into your WIP before you find the heart of your book. Then everything is measured by that and revision makes more sense."
Suzanne Morgan Williams is one of the founders of the NV Mentorship Program. She 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. Accepting MG and YA.