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 ten NY Times bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, plus two adult novels. Her tenth novel, SMOKE, published September 15, 2013, and debuted at the number six spot on the coveted NY Times list. A California native, Ellen has lived in northern Nevada for over 20 years and considers herself a "naturalized Nevadan." She lives with her husband, son, two dogs, one cat and three ponds (not pounds) of fish near Carson City. She is the regional adviser for the Nevada chapter of the SCBWI, and a member of the SCBWI International board of advisers.

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.