Workshops and Faculty

Session I: July 10-14, 2013

Picture Book

Emma Walton Hamilton is a best-selling children's author, editor, arts educator and arts and literacy advocate. She has co-authored over twenty children's books with her mother, Julie Andrews, six of which have been on the New York Times best-seller list, including the #1 bestsellers The Very Fairy Princess and The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage.

Emma’s own book for parents and caregivers, Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment, premiered as a #1 best-seller on in the literacy category and won a Parent’s Choice Gold Medal, silver medals from the Living Now and IPPY Book Awards, and Honorable Mention from ForeWord Magazine's Best Book of the Year. Emma is a faculty member and directs both the Southampton Children’s Literature Conference and YAWP (the Young Artists and Writers Project). Her blog, Emmasaries: Raising the Next Generation of Readers and Writers, can be found at

Middle Grade and YA Novels

Maryrose Wood was not raised by wolves, exactly. However, she did grow up in the wild suburbs of Long Island, New York, an experience that left her howling for adventure.

A confirmed theatre geek, at age 17 she moved to New York City to study acting. Soon she dropped out of college to be in the chorus of a Broadway musical—which flopped. As Agatha Swanburne would have been inclined to remark, “You win some, you lose some.” (Note that some people believe Agatha Swanburne also coined the expression “There’s no business like show business.” However, proper credit goes to Irving Berlin, who also had a real knack for turning a catchy phrase.)

Lean and action-packed years followed, full of acting, directing, playwriting, and making tipsy people laugh at comedy clubs. Maryrose’s writing for the stage made her a three-time winner of the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award, administered by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place is her first series for middle-grade readers. Book 1, The Mysterious Howling, was published in 2010 and received starred reviews in Booklist, Kirkus, SLJ and Publishers Weekly, and was named a Best Children’s Book of 2010 by the Christian Science Monitor, Kirkus, and others. It was followed by The Hidden Gallery in 2011. The third book in the series, The Unseen Guest, was published in March 2012. All three titles were named Junior Library Guild selections.

Maryrose has taught fiction writing and playwriting and is a popular speaker at schools, libraries and conferences. For fun she likes to garden, bike, kayak, and try new vegetarian recipes. You can find her online at or on Twitter at @Maryrose_Wood.

Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels, Children's Books and Comics

Jules Feiffer’s Pulitzer-winning and internationally syndicated cartoon ran for 42 years in the Village Voice. His sensibility permeates a wide range of creative work: from his Obie-winning play Little Murders, to his screenplay for Carnal Knowledge, to his Oscar-winning anti-military short subject animation Munro.

Other works include the Tony nominee Knock Knock, and the Pulitzer nominee Grown-Ups, as well as his screenplays for Popeye and I Want to Go Home, best screenplay winner at the Venice Film Festival. Taking inspiration from his three daughters, he has reinvented himself as a children’s book author with the award-winning books, Bark George, I Lost My Bear, and The Man in the Ceiling.

Session 2: July 17-28, 2013

YA Fiction and Non-Fiction

Patricia McCormick, a 2006 finalist for the National Book Award, is the author of four
critically acclaimed novels – Purple Heart, a suspenseful psychological novel that
explores the killing of a 10-year-old boy in Iraq; Sold, a deeply moving account of sexual
trafficking; My Brother’s Keeper, a realistic view of teenage substance abuse and Cut,
an intimate portrait of one teenager’s struggle with self-injury.

Her books have earned many honors: Sold was named by Publishers Weekly as one of
Best 100 Books of the Year and was selected by the American Library Association as
one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2006. Cut was an ALA Best Book
for Teenagers. McCormick was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in
2004. She is also the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature.
She is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and lives

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