Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Speaker Profile - Kelly Dyksterhouse


Region: Carolinas
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SCBWI Profile: Member Profile


I have been a member of SCBWI for 13 years. After attending my first few SCBWI conferences, spring retreats, and workshops, I realized my love affair with story and craft was permanent and decided to pursue a graduate degree. I graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2014 with an MFA in Writing and have not looked back. My stories and articles have been publishe din magazines and my YA story, Match Point, was a finalist for the Katherine Patterson Award. I have interned for several literary agencies and have acted as editorial reader for Hunger Mountain Literary Magazine's Katherine Paterson Prize. I am currently an editorial reader for Susan Hawk at Upstart Crow Literary Agency and also work as independent editorial consultant. I enjoy speaking and teaching on writing craft and leading writing workshops. Over the years, I've seen over 20 projects, from picture books to novels, evolve from rough manuscripts to polished books on store shelves. I am excited to join the regional team of SCBWI Carolinas, as the organization combines my greatest passions: community, story and writing craft.