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2017 Keynote and Guest Speakers TBA

Ellen Oh

Ellen Oh

2016 Keynote Speaker

Ellen Oh is co-founder, President, and CEO of We Need Diverse Books (WNDB), a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing diversity in children's literature. She is also a former adjunct college instructor and corporate/entertainment attorney. She is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy, The Prophecy Series, and the upcoming MG novel, The Spirit Hunters, to be published in fall 2017. Visit Ellen’s website at www.ellenoh.com.

Each year a formerly unpublished conference attendee, who has gone on to publish in the field of children's literature, shares his or her experience with aspiring authors and illustrators.

Sheela Chari

Sheela Chari

2016 Success Story Speaker

Sheela Chari is the author of VANISHED, named a Children's Honor Book by the Asian/Pacific-American Library Association (APALA), an Edgar Award nominee for best Juvenile mystery, and an Al Roker's Book Pick on the Today Show. Her next mystery novel, FIND ME IN DOBBS FERRY, will be published by Abrams in May 2017. Sheela holds an MFA in fiction from New York University and has taught writing courses at New York University, Boston University, and the Rye Arts Center. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Find out more about her by visiting her website www.sheelachari.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sheela.chari

Twitter: @wordsbysheela

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