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Speaker Profile - Tracy Barrett

Translator and Writer

Region: Midsouth (Tennessee/Kentucky)
Age Levels: 11-13 and 14-17
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: Yes
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SCBWI’s US Regional Advisor Coordinator, Tracy Barrett, is the author of both fiction and nonfiction for young readers, including the award-winning Anna of Byzantium (Delacorte, 1999). Spring, 2018 will see the publication of her 22nd and 23rd books for young readers: Marabel and the Book of Fate (Little, Brown) and Freefall Summer (Charlesbridge Teen). Her most recent publications are The Song of Orpheus: The Greatest Greek Myths You Never Heard, The Stepsister’s Tale (Harlequin TEEN), and the Sherlock Files series (Henry Holt).

Tracy holds a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She is married and has two young-adult children. Formerly on the faculty of Vanderbilt University, she lives in Nashville, TN. Tracy is SCBWI’s RA Emerita for the Midsouth and was awarded the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005.

Presentation Description:
I often speak about historical fiction and research, emphasizing accuracy and reliability of sources. Along with topics centered around research, other popular topics include:

  • How a Book Gets Made
  • Figurative Language: Metaphors and Similes
  • The Right Foot: Great First Lines
  • Cut it Out! How to Use Fewer Words and Say More
I especially like talking with writing clubs and other small groups where I can do interactive activities.

I also address adult audiences (writers, teachers, librarians):
  • Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Children
  • Visual Literacy
  • The 10 Commandments of Writing Historical Fiction