WORKSHOP FACULTY – Young Adult Writing
Laura Williams McCaffrey is a full-time writer, teacher, and editor. She is the fiction editor at YAReview.net and was the 2016 children’s literature guest editor for Hunger Mountain. Her own short stories have appeared in Cicada, YA Review Network, Solstice Literary Magazine, and Soundings Review. They’ve received such honors as a Pushcart Prize Nomination and a SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction, while one of her novels-in-progress was a finalist for the 2015 Katherine Paterson Prize for YA and Children’s Writing, sponsored by Hunger Mountain. In 2016, Clarion Books released Marked, a dystopian mixed-media fantasy for teens, which Kirkus Books called “an original, textured page-turner.” She’s the author of two children’s fantasy novels, Water Shaper, selected in 2007 for the NYPL Books for the Teen Age list, and Alia Waking, an IRA Notable Book and a Teens’ Top Ten Books nominee. Alia Waking also was a nominee for the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. Laura teaches at Solstice, the low-residency MFA program at Pine Manor College, as well as at Pacem School, an independent school for middle and high school students that also offers classes to homeschoolers. She regularly mentors young writers. For more information about her or her work, please visit her website at: http://www.