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Speaker Profile - Mina Witteman

Translator and Writer

Region: International Central
Age Levels: 5-10, 11-13, and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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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 zee├źn (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. Book 4, Boreas and the Fifteen Friends, is slated for October 2018. 

Earlier, De wraak van Deedee (Deedee's Revenge) came out with Van Goor Children's Books, followed by two more middle grade novels. 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 through the University of Amsterdam's Dual Master Book Editing. She is an certified teacher creative writing (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) and teaches and coaches budding and published writers alike. She was Chairman of the Working Group Children's Books of the Dutch Authors Guild and the Regional Advisor for SCBWI the Netherlands. She is founding member of the successful SCBWI Europolitan Conferences. Mina is member of the EU Planning Committee of the SCBWI British Isles' Undiscovered Voices Competition for unagented and unpublished writers and illustrators and a nominating body for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. 

Mina is SCBWI's International Published Authors' Coordinator. She lives in Berkeley, California.

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.