Meet the fantastic editors, agents and authors who were on the faculty at the 2020 Writing for Change: Worldwide conference.
Tawni Waters’s debut novel, Beauty of the Broken (Simon & Schuster) won the prestigious International Literacy Association’s Award for Young Adult Literature, the Housatonic Book Award, was named an exceptional book of 2015 by the Children’s Book Council, was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award, and was included on the Kansas State Reading Circle List. It was adapted for the stage and performed by Sacramento’s Now Here This and is being adapted for the screen. Her second novel, The Long Ride Home, was released by Sourcebooks Fire in September 2017 to glowing reviews, including being named one of the best New Adult novels of the season by Kirkus. She is the author of two poetry collections: Siren Song (Burlesque Press) and So Speak the Stars (Texture Press). Her work was anthologized in Best Travel Writing 2010, The Soul of a Great Traveler, and Monday Nights, and has been published in myriad journals and magazines. She has been a Writer in Residence at Rosemont College, Western Connecticut State University, the DARE County Arts Council, and Centre Intermondes in La Rochelle, France, where she spent time in French High Schools, speaking to students who were studying her novels. She has an MFA in Creative Writing and teaches creative writing at various universities, conferences, and writers retreats throughout the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. In her spare time, she talks to angels in her home in the New Mexico mountains, intermittently rescuing ill-fated lizards from the jaws of her fierce chihuahua companions.