Children's Literature Conference

Children's Literature Workshops and Faculty

July 19-23, 2017


Picture Book

Emma Walton HamiltonEMMA WALTON HAMILTON is a best-selling children’s book author, editor and arts educator.  With her mother, actress/author Julie Andrews, Emma has co-authored over twenty children’s books, seven of which have been on the NY Times Bestseller list, including The Very Fairy Princess series (#1 Bestseller), Julie Andrews Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, Simeon’s Gift, The Great American Mousical, and Thanks to You – Wisdom from Mother and Child. Emma’s own book, 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.

Emma is a faculty member of Stony Brook Southampton’s MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, where she also serves as Director of the Children’s Literature Fellows program, and Executive Director of the Young Artists and Writers Project (YAWP), an inter-disciplinary writing program for middle and high school students. Emma also works as a freelance children’s book editor, and hosts the "Just Write Children’s Books" home-study courses and resources for writing picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult novels.



Middle Grade 

Maryrose WoodMARYROSE WOOD is best known as the author of the acclaimed middle grade series The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. 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. The first three books in the series were named Junior Library Guild selections.Book 5, The Unmapped Sea, was named a Best Children's Book of 2015 by NPR. She's currently writing book 6.

Other published works include the YA series The Poison Dairies, the Why I Let My Hair Grow Out trilogy and the novel My Life: The Musical. A confirmed theatre geek, her 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.

Maryrose teaches fiction writing at NYU and as a private writing coach, and is a popular speaker at schools, libraries and conferences.




Young Adult/YA

Patricia McCormickPATRICIA MCCORMICK, a two-time finalist for the National Book Award, is the author of four critically acclaimed young adult 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; MyBrother’s Keeper, a realistic view of teenage substance abuse and Cut, an intimate portrait of one teenager’s struggle with self-injury. She is also the co-author of Malala Yousafzai’s middle grade memoir, I Am Malala.

Her books have earned many honors: Sold was named by Publishers Weekly as one of Best 100 Books of the Year, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults in 2006, and was recently made into a feature film. Cut was an ALA Best Book for Teenagers.

McCormick is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She was named a New York Foundation on the Arts fellow in 2004 and was the winner of the 2009 German Peace Prize for Youth Literature.