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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 has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes.

      Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California. She majored in Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the SCBWI Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years. She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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