Workshops and Faculty
EMMA 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 Amazon.com 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 in writing picture books, chapter books and middle grade and young adult novels, as well as the Children’s Book Hub – a center of resources and support for aspiring children’s book authors.
The Read-Aloud (Middle-Grade) Novel
One of the difference between a middle-grade novel and a YA (or even adult) novel is that the middle-grade novel is multifunctional. While they are books children can read to themselves, middle-grade novels are often read aloud in a classroom or at home after dinner or before bedtime. In this workshop, we'll discuss the key elements of a middle-grade novel and consider them in our own writing.
GRACE LIN is the author and illustrator of over 20 picture books, early readers and middle grade novels. Grace's 2010 Newbery Honor book Where The Mountain Meets The Moon was chosen for Al Roker's Today Show Kid's Book Club and was a NY Times Bestseller. Ling & Ting, Grace's first early reader, was honored with the Theodor Geisel Honor in 2011. Grace, herself, has been honored by the Boston Public Library with the Literary Lights for Children Award and was an Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award nominee for the United States. Most of Grace's books are about the Asian-American experience because she believes, "Books erase bias, they make the uncommon everyday, and the mundane exotic. A book makes all cultures universal."
PATRICIA MCCORMICK, a two-time National Book Award finalist, is the author of six critically acclaimed novels – Never Fall Down, a novel based on the true story of an 11-year-old boy who survived the Killing Fields of Cambodia by playing music; 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 in India, which was recently made into a feature film co-produced by Emma Thompson; My Brother’s Keeper, a realistic view of teenage substance abuse; Cut, an intimate portrait of one girl’s struggle with self-injury, and I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World, co-authored with Malala Yousafzai.
Patricia’s books have earned many honors: Never Fall Down was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2012 and was named a New York Times Notable Book for 2012, and a Best Book of the Year by iTunes, The Huffington Post, School Library Journal and the Chicago Public Library. 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 of 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 in Manhattan.