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IN SCBWI 2020 Mentor Program First Round



2020 Indiana SCBWI Mentor Program


We are thrilled to announce our first mentors for the 2020 IN SCBWI mentorship. For fiction or nonfiction picture books, Judith L. Roth has agreed to mentor the first round.

Judith L. Roth is the author of the picture books, including Goodnight, Dragon, Cups Held Out, Julia’s Words, middle grade book Serendipity & Me, and her article , My Corner of the World, Highlights, March 2019. She lives in Elkhart, Indiana with her family and three cats.

Judy writes,

“When I was about ten, it occurred to me that books are written by people and I was a person.  I could create my favorite things–I could write books!  I got a bachelor’s degree in English and music. I think my music education helps me write poetry. My first poem was accepted for publication before I graduated.  I had some success with poetry, but my biggest dream was to write fiction for children.  My first fiction piece was accepted about 25 years after the first submission.  Finally!”

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For our chapter books, middle grade and young adult books, Sharon Biggs Waller has agreed to be our first mentor.

Sharon Biggs Waller is the Friends of American Writers award winning author of the critically acclaimed young adult novels The Forbidden Orchid, A Mad, Wicked Folly, and Girls on the Verge. She writes for magazines about horses, chickens, and farming, and she’s a co-author of The Original Horse Bible. Previously, she worked as a riding instructor at the Royal Mews in Buckingham Palace. In addition to writing, she is a dressage rider and trainer, a fiber artist, and a Planned Parenthood clinic escort. She lives on a 10-acre sustainable hobby farm in a ghost town in Northwest Indiana with her husband Mark, two horses, twelve dairy goats, four cats, two dogs, twenty laying hens, and a gaggle of geese.

Sharon’s latest book Girls on the Verge, April, 2019, has already been nominated for the 2020 Young Adult Library Services Association Best Fiction for Young Adults, a Cosmopolitan Best New Book of 2019, a Bustle Top 35 Books of Spring, an Amazon Number One New Release in Teen & Young Adult Theater Fiction.