Speaker Profile - Mina Witteman

Translator and Writer

Region: California: San Francisco/South
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
SCBWI Profile: Member Profile


An author, editor, creative writing teacher, Mina Witteman writes in Dutch and English. She has six middle grade adventure novels out in the Netherlands, over 40 short stories, and a Little Golden Book

Her latest books tell the story of twelve-year-old Boreas who circumnavigates the world with his parents on a sailboat. The first book, Boreas en de zeven zeeën (Boreas and the Seven Seas ), came out in June 2015 and received raving reviews. Boreas en de duizend eilanden (Boreas and the Thousand Islands) was published in April 2016. Book 3 in the series, Boreas en de vier windstreken (Boreas and the Four Winds) saw the light in spring 2017. 

Earlier, De wraak van Deedee (Deedee's Revenge) came out with Van Goor Children's Books, followed by De Zonnegod (The Sun Spirit) and De Zielensluiper (The Soul Snatcher). A series of 21 short stories with illustrations of famous Dutch illustrator Fiep Westendorp was published in Bobo Children's Magazine. Recent short stories are published with Ploegsma Children's Books. Mia's Nest, a Dutch Little Golden Book came out September 2014 with Rubinstein Publishing and the Spanish translation, El nido de Mia, came out in April 2016.  

Mina is a seasoned book editor, trained at the University of Amsterdam's Dual Master Book Editing. She is an accredited teacher creative writing and a mentor to budding writers. She was Chairman of the Working Group Children's Books of the Dutch Authors Guild (Vereniging van Letterkundigen) and the Regional Advisor for SCBWI the Netherlands. She is one of the founding members of the successful SCBWI Europolitan Conference. Mina is member of the EU Planning Committee of the SCBWI British Isles' Undiscovered Voices Competition for unagented and unpublished writers and illustrators. 

Mina is currently the International Published Authors' Coordinator for the SCBWI. 

Presentation Description:
Being a writer as well as a creative writing teacher and an independent editor, I offer hands-on writing workshops for children and young adults. Depending on available time - from one time two hours to eight weekly sessions of two hours - we discuss reading and writing, we brainstorm about story ideas and we get to work. With younger children we try to finish a short story, with older children and young adults I might go deeper into a specific writing technique, like building a character or a setting, structuring a plot, or the ins and outs of point of view. At the end of the session(s) children and young adults will have a basic knowledge of what it entails to be a writer and how it feels to be in charge of your own story.