Speaker Profile - Jessica Lee Anderson


Region: Texas: Austin
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile


Jessica Lee Anderson is the author of Uncertain Summer,  Trudy (Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature), Border Crossing (Quick Picks Nomination), as well as Calli (2013 Rainbow List Final Nomination). She’s published a dozen chapter books with Rourke,  several nonfiction readers, as well as fiction and nonfiction for a variety of magazines including Highlights for Children. Jessica graduated from Hollins University with a Master of Arts in Children's Literature, and instructed at the Institute of Children's Literature for five years before teaching Children’s Literature at St. Edward's University. She is a member of The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels and hopes to be more sweetheart than scoundrel (http://www.texassweethearts.com/).  Jessica is also a member of SCBWI and the Writers’ League of Texas.  She lives near Austin, Texas with her husband, daughter, and two crazy dogs.  

Presentation Description:

For Grades 2-6: The Mysteries of the Writing Life

What do writers do all day? How do writers get published? Where do they get ideas? There are lots of mysteries s
urrounding the writing life. Jessica provides clues to answer these questions to get your students excited about writing and mysteries!

For Grades 2-6:
Mystery Writing Workshop

This workshop is available for small groups and encourages young writers to develop mysteries full of clues, red herrings, interesting characters, and lots of fun!

For Grades 1-6: Fact or Fiction—Life as a Writer
his interactive presentation details how I incorporate facts in my writing, where I get story ideas, and what my life is like as a writer.

For Grades 7-12:  Creative Memories Workshop

This presentation shares how I got my start as a writer at a young age and how my experiences have influenced my publications.  I encourage young writers to use their own experiences to fuel story ideas. 

Variety of ages:  Seven Songful Steps to Success

Inspired by 7 songs, t
his lively presentation details my path from inspiration to publication and includes some tips to help you reach your goals, too.