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ABOUT THE WEBINAR SPEAKERS 

Jane Yolen

Called the Hans Christian Anderson of America and the Aesop of the 20th century, Jane Yolen is the author of more than 350 books for children, including Owl Moon and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

Jane's books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Chistopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, the Golden Kite Award, and the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award among others. 

She is nothing short of a treasure in the world of children's literature, and in this webinar, you get the added benefit of chatting with her daughter and fellow award-winning author, Heidi E.Y. Stemple. She and Heidi run a magical master picture book writing class from their home in MA twice a year, which is highly recommended.

In her webinar, Jane teaches.

  • How to write from your heart & write the stories YOU need to tell 
  • How to "Take Joy" regardless of your publication progress
  • How to revise wisely
  • How to cope with rejection

Emma Dryden

Over the course of her 25-year career, Emma has edited more than 500 books for children and young readers. During her tenure with Atheneum and McElderry Books, the books she edited consistently garnered starred reviews, hit bestseller lists and received numerous awards and medals. Some of those awards include the Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King, Indies Choice, NYT Best Illustrated Book, Christopher Award, Boston Globe/Horn Book Award, among many others.

Emma is the founder of Drydenbks, a full-service, multi-faceted company pertaining to all aspects of the children's book publishing business. Drydenbks provides creative services of all kinds to authors, illustrators, publishers, and agents. 

Emma is known, not only for her knowledge, but also her compassion for authors and illustrators.

In her webinar, Emma teaches:

  • How to write from your heart AND meet market demand
  • Which aspects of the craft are MOST critical to picture book writing
  • How to find and cultivate your VOICE as a writer
  • The top mistakes she sees as a freelance editor

Both Jane and Emma are sought-after speakers at industry events and serve on the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Board of Advisors.

From the Attendees...

"Julie and Jane, thank you very much for this inspiring webinar. More than just a relaying of information and knowledge, you both supplied the emotional nurturing that many of us desperately need. What a treasure to have such an amazing author and person as a resource." 

Maria Marshall

"I have a smile that feels like it goes all the way around my head." 

Michelle Hackel

"Another great webinar! Thanks! Emma clarified the important topic of voice with good examples of how to get there." 

Doreen E. Lepore