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Rodesky, Angie

Rodesky, Angie

Angie Rodesky is new to the world of writting and is currently enrolled with the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has enjoyed making up stories for her children for many years and decided to putting pen to paper, so to speak. She has written a few stories that have sparked some local interest and desires to become a published author.

Underwood, Marilyn

Underwood, Marilyn

Marilyn Underwood lives with her husband, two sons and assorted cats, dogs, and a large snake named Zoey. While she writes mostly Middle Grade and Picture Books, she has had a poem and an adult short story published. When not writing, she can be found reading, gardening and creating new recipes.

Ford, Sue

Ford, Sue

Sue Ford has sold over 130 magazine pieces for children and adults. Sue writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig. She has been an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 18 years. She also is an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. Sue’s website susanuhlig.com has writing resources and recommendations of children’s books.

She is currently marketing a tween novel.

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Redesign and updates

Redesign and updates

Welcome to the redesign of the Heartland Writers for Kids & Teens website! With it comes some new features:

— A new domain name: heartlandwriters.com. The current/old names still work as well.
— Quotes have been added to the bottom of the site.
— Members’ Facebook and Twitter accounts have been added to their profiles (if available).
— HWKT is now running on WordPress 2.7.

Many, many thanks to Shontail Lewis for loaning me her children for the base site image. And also to Sadie Clement, whose kids will also show up in future designs. You are both amazing.

How to Get Your Book on the Library Shelf

How to Get Your Book on the Library Shelf

A Panel Discussion & Manuscript Critique Session


January 17, 2009


Panel Discussion: 10:00 a.m. – noon
Critique Session: Noon – 2:00 p.m.

North Kansas City Public Library
2251 Howell St, Kansas City, MO 64116

Are you a writer? Have you ever wondered:

— How librarians decide what books to buy?
— What you can to do promote your current book to libraries and their patrons?
— How you might tailor future books to better appeal to the library market?

Find out all this and more from our five panelists:

Sonia “Sunny” Church is a Youth Services Supervisor with the KCK Public Library. She has 30 years of professional library experience, primarily as a Children’s Librarian, Children’s Coordinator, or Children’s Services Manager, and has worked in California, Ohio, and other states.

Marsha Lytle, a librarian at Spring Hill Intermediate School, has also worked in high school, medical, law, college, and public libraries. She is currently serving her third year on the Kansas Reading Circle, and is a past president of Kansas City Young Adult Librarians.

Kaite Mediatore Stover is the Head of Readers’ Services for the Kansas City Public Library. She is a columnist and book reviewer for Booklist and also reviews for Present magazine and INK.

Debbie McLeod is Youth Collections Specialist for the Johnson County Library System and selects all print and non-print materials for patrons aged birth to 15. She has been on the Newbery and Caldecott committees and is a member of the Advisory Board for Booklist.

Susan K. Schank, currently working at a public elementary school in KCMO, has 15 years of experience as a school librarian and is also the author of a new picture book, Tera’s Dawn.

If you’ll be staying for the manuscript critique session, please bring five copies of your work and a brown bag lunch. (Light refreshments will be provided.)

Please register for this free event via email (annvingalls@yahoo.com) or call (816) 407-9094.

Pistorius, Nancy

Pistorius, Nancy

Nancy Pistorius of Lawrence, Kansas, has published award-winning fiction, poetry, essays, and feature articles in more than seventy-five different literary and mass-market publications, including WOMAN’S DAY, COSMOPOLITAN, and CHICAGO TRIBUNE. She has an MA in English/Literature from the University of Illinois and also attended schools in England (London) and Florida. Her most recent honor was the 2009 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award (Fiction). She is currently working on a Middle-Grade novel.

You can find her in various places on the Web, including:

http://www.nancypistorius.com

http://www.examiner.com/x-2800-Kansas-City-Getaways-Examiner

http://nancypistorius.wordpress.com/

http://twitter.com/lyriclemon

http://lyriclemon.livejournal.com/

http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Nancy-Pistorius/119289758108843?ref=sgm

True, Jane

True, Jane

Jane True has several non-fiction pieces published in journals or anthologies, including Exceptional Parent magazine and Advance Radiology Journal. She is the editor of the Mirror, a quarterly international publication supporting families affected by duplications of the 15th chromosome. She is currently working on her first major fiction manuscript, a YA novel titled My Skiing Sister.

Tetzlaff, Jeana

Tetzlaff, Jeana

Jeana Tetzlaff is currently working on a middle grade novel that is realism-fantasy. She has several short stories published in holiday anthologies for kids, published in Grit, Ethanol Today and in the GladstoneDispatch. She is a member of the Northland Critique group at the Woodneath Library. She lives in Gladstone, MO.

Stuber, Barb

Stuber, Barb

Barb’s novel CROSSING THE TRACKS, is published by Margaret K. McElderry Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. Release date – July 6, 2010. She also has both fiction and non-fiction accepted for publication in CRICKET MAGAZINE. Barb is represented by Ginger Knowlton of Curtis Brown Ltd., a New York based literary agency representing writers since 1914.

When not writing, Barbara is an art museum docent at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She lives in Kansas City with her family.

Books

Crossing the Tracks
At fifteen, Iris is a hobo of sorts – no home, no family, no plan. After her mother’s early death, Iris’s father focuses on big plans for his new shoe stores and his latest girlfriend, and has no time for his daughter. Unbeknownst to her, he hires Iris out as housekeeper and companion for a country doctor’s elderly mother. Suddenly Iris is alone, stuck in gritty rural Missouri, too far from her only friend Leroy and too close to a tenant farmer Cecil Deets, who menaces the neighbors, and Iris suspects, his own daughter.
Iris is buoyed by the warmth and understanding the doctor and his mother show her, but just as she starts to break out of her shell tragedy strikes. Iris must find the guts and cunning to take aim at the devil incarnate and discover if she is really as helpless, or hopeless, or homeless as she once believed.

Stories, poems, & articles

“Chirping Champions” and “A True Junzi” – CRICKET MAGAZINE. Publication dates TBA

Author Visits

Presentations:
I conduct interactive presentations and hands-on workshops for schools, libraries, art and writing classes.

Topics include:
building characters
discovering plot
creating settings
getting the facts
sculpting a book
seeking inspiration

Speaking experience: Over the past 20 years I have conducted interactive art museum tours and workshops for students of all ages and adults.

Availability: weekdays and weekends
Audience: K – adult