Workshop and Faculty
- Picture Book
's first picture book,
The Museum, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds, was a Bank Street Best Book of the Year - and
was originally developed at the Southampton Literature Conference. Susan's other books
You and Me, I Am Yoga, The Water Princess, I Am Peace, I am Human, and
I Am Love, all illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; as well as
Rock ’n’ Roll Soul, illustrated by Caldecott Medalist Matthew Cordell;
My Kicks, illustrated by Katie Kath; and
Hey, Wall, illustrated by John Parra. Susan is a former elementary school teacher with a Master’s
degree in reading remediation. In addition to writing books, Susan teaches yoga and
mindfulness to kids (and adults) of all ages. She lives in East Hampton, New York,
with her three children. Learn more at SusanVerde.com.
- Middle Grade and YA Fiction
is the author of
The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place, the acclaimed middle-grade series about a teenaged governess and her three raised-by-wolves
pupils, published by Balzer + Bray. Titles in the six-book series have appeared on
“Best Children’s Books of the Year” lists from NPR,
Christian Science Monitor,
Kirkus, and others. They’ve been Junior Library Guild selections and received multiple starred
School Library Journal, and
Booklist. The series has a worldwide following and is currently being developed for television.
Maryrose has also published seven novels for young adults, including
My Life: The Musical (Delacorte) and
Why I Let My Hair Grow Out (Berkley Books). Her personal essays and short fiction appear in
Recycle This Book: 100 Top Children’s Book Authors Tell You How to Go Green (Random House),
Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories (HarperCollins),
Who Done It? (Soho Teen), and
Starry-Eyed (Running Press).
Maryrose started her career in the original Broadway cast of
Merrily We Roll Along, the cult flop-turned-beloved Stephen Sondheim/George Furth musical featured in the
Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened (now streaming on Netflix). She studied film and television writing at NYU, and comedy
writing and improv with the Groundlings. Her work as a lyricist/librettist for musical
theatre has made her a three-time winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, administered
by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Maryrose coaches writers privately and as a guest teacher at writing workshops nationwide.
She taught fiction writing at CUNY-Lehman College and NYU’s Gallatin School, and is
currently on the faculty of the Stony Brook Children’s Literature Fellows program.
- Graphic Novel
is the award-winning creator of the graphic novels
Snow White, The Storm in the Barn, Bluffton, and
Around the World, and the picture book
Druthers. He is also the illustrator of many books for young readers including
Flora’s Very Windy Day by Jeanne Birdsall,
Marilyn’s Monster by Michelle Knudsen,
Xander’s Panda Party by Linda Sue Park, and
The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron, winner of the 2007 Newbery Medal.
He has received the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction (
The Storm in the Barn), the Carolyn Field Award (
Around the World and
Snow White) and the Jefferson Cup (
Bluffton). Matt has been nominated for five Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, including best
writer/artist and best new graphic album for
In 2014, Matt was awarded the Free Library of Philadelphia/Drexel University Children's
His most recent books are the picture books
A Kite for Moon and
Pignic and the middle-grade adventure novel
Knights vs. Dinosaurs.