Society of
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Speaker Profile - Ellen Hopkins


Region: Nevada
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile
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Ellen Hopkins is the award-winning author of 20 nonfiction books for children and 15 NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, plus 4 novels for adult readers. Her debut middle grade novel, THE COUNTERFEIT KID, will publish Fall 2020. A California native, Ellen has lived in northern Nevada for over 30 years and considers herself a "naturalized Nevadan." She lives with her extended family, a brilliant German Shepherd, one rescue cat and three ponds (not pounds) of fish near Carson City. She was the regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the SCBWI for ten years, and is a member of the SCBWI International advisory board.

Presentation Description:
My path to bestselling author, including childhood inspirations, personal triumph over pain, and the stories behind my books. I also discuss writing process, the need to write what you know and from the heart, book challenges and the importance of making wise choices.