Instructor Profiles

Writing Children's Literature

Instructor: Nina Laden is an award-winning, bestselling children's book author and illustrator. Laden has more than fifteen titles in print that range from baby and toddler to longer picture-book fiction. She was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of two artists. She received a B.F.A. in illustration Magna Cum Laude from Syracuse University's College of Visual and Performing Arts in 1983. She splits her time between Seattle and Lummi Island, but prefers to live in her imagination.

Instructor: Paul Owen Lewis is the author and illustrator of the Caldecott nominee and 1996 American Book Award winner, Storm Boy, its companion piece, Frog Girl, and several other children's books set in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Lewis is also an in-demand speaker and has presented to half a million children and conference attendees over the past 20 years. He received a B.F.A. from Cornish Institute in Seattle and a teaching certificate from the University of Washington.

Instructor: Laurel Leigh, received an M.F.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University and a B.A. in English from Gonzaga University. Leigh is a writer, teacher and editor who freelances internationally. A longtime book project manager and developmental editor, her editorial skills are requested for projects ranging from business to literature to award-winning cookbooks. She has written for The Bloomsbury Review and her fiction has appeared in The Sun. She has taught creative writing classes in Western Washington, where she lives, since 2005 and is a frequently sought speaker and emcee.


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