Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Speaker Profile - Cynthia M. Surrisi


Region: Minnesota
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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I started my writing life with a BFA with a concentration in theatre (including study in children’s theatre and playwriting). I then took a dizzying 28-year detour into the practice of law. Beginning about twelve years ago, the call to return to fine arts became so strong that I became active in SCBWI-HI, went to many conferences, worked with some wonderful free lance editors and writing teachers, retired from practicing law, and attended Vermont College of Fine Arts. I graduated from VCFA in January 2014 with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. I now have a middle grade mystery series, The Quinine Boyd Mysteries, including: "The Maypop Kidnapping," "Vampires on the Run" and "A Side of Sabotage," which was nominated for an Agatha in 2019. I also have a picture book, "The Best Mother" from Abrams which a Junior Library Guild selection. I'm a proud member of SCBWI.

Presentation Description:
Presentations for Writers' Conferences:

"How to Write a Middle Grade Mystery"
"Red Headed Versus Red Hot Tempered - Character Development"
"Picture Book Basics"