Year of (the) Yolen(s)!

365 Books and Counting!

It's a rare treat to learn from a Yolen, much less two of them! In this webinar, Heidi (Yolen) Stemple joins her literary legend mother, Jane Yolen to discuss:

  • What it's like to celebrate your 365th book (and how you publish that many!)
  • Working together and separately—pros and cons.
  • Books and birds! Turn your passion into picture books.
  • Managing multiple projects and genres.
  • Plus, Jane & Heidi answer your questions!

Your Instructor

Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple
Jane Yolen & Heidi Stemple

Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others.

Jane lives in a Victorian farmhouse in Western Massachusetts where she holds yearly writers retreats along with her daughter Heidi, the little girl in Owl Moon. She also has a house in Scotland where she can be seen strolling through the neighborhood of St. Andrews four months of the year.

In 2018, Jane published her 365th book, which means you can now read a Jane Yolen book every day of the year. Follow along here.

Heidi E.Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has published more than twenty-five books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly for children.

Heidi lives and writes on a big old farm in Massachusetts that she shares with one very small cat who lives inside, and a dozen deer, a family of bears, three coyotes, two bobcats, a gray fox, tons of birds, and some very fat groundhogs who live outside.

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