Heidi E. Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published more than twenty-five books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.
Heidi lives and writes on a big old farm in Massachusetts that she shares with one very small cat who lives inside, and a dozen deer, a family of bears, three coyotes, two bobcats, a gray fox, tons of birds, and some very fat groundhogs who live outside.
WIK 2020 BREAKOUT: Finding Your Non-fiction Voice
Picture Book INTENSIVE (with Jane Yolen):
Picture Book 101:
Morning: Jane and Heidi talk about the basics of creating a picture book, from beginning to end. How to elevate your picture book manuscript by looking at the nuts and bolts of the form itself.
Afternoon: How to Make Your Picture Book More Poetic:
What is the difference between a poem and a poetic picture book? Can you make your poem into a picture book? And, how do you make your ordinary text more poetic, lyrical, and ready to stand out.