2019 Squam Lake Writing Retreat
Elizabeth Bicknell, Editor at Candlewick
Liz Bicknell is Executive Editorial Director at Candlewick Press, where she has worked for twenty-two years. She edits picture books, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. Several of her picture books have been awarded Caldecott Honors, including Sam and Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen; Voice of Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes; and Du Iz Tak?, written and illustrated by Carson Ellis. She also edited Jon Klassen’s Caldecott Medal-winning This Is Not My Hat. Other authors and artists she works with include M. T. Anderson, Isabelle Arsenault, David Elliott, Meg Rosoff, Chris Raschka, Melissa Sweet, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Eugene Yelchin. Books she has edited by these authors have been National book Award winners and finalists, Sibert Honor winners, and New York Times bestsellers. Visit: Candlewick.com.
Julie Bliven, Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing
Julie Bliven is grateful to be an editor at Charlesbridge, a publishing house with a longstanding dedication to supporting books with social consciousness and global perspective. She has edited more than fifty titles, including fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. Julie holds an MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons University and has taught and mentored in the university’s MFA program. She is also a former member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative. Follow her on Twitter @Julie_Bliven.
Emily Mitchell, Agent at Wernick & Pratt Agency
Emily Mitchell lives in Massachusetts because of Anastasia Krupnik: after reading the eponymous classic dozens of times as a child, she got it in her head that going to college in Massachusetts was something she should do, so she did. Emily began her career at Sheldon Fogelman Agency, handling submissions, subsidiary rights, and coffee. She then spent eleven years at Charlesbridge Publishing as senior editor, contracts manager, and director of corporate strategy. At Charlesbridge her books included A Mother’s Journey by Sandra Markle, illustrated by Alan Marks (a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor Book); Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein by Susan Goldman Rubin (a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction finalist and winner of the Sydney Taylor Jewish Book Award); and the Aggie and Ben series of early readers by Lori Ries, illustrated by Frank W. Dormer. After a brief post-MBA stint in the non-publishing world, Emily returned to children’s books, where she belongs, in 2013. Her clients include Geisel Honor winner April Pulley Sayre; Sibert Honor author Traci Sorell; Caron Levis, author of Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum, 2019); and Frank W. Dormer, author/illustrator of Firefighter Duckies (Atheneum, 2018). Emily holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Harvard, a master’s in secondary English education from Syracuse, and an MBA from Babson. She lives outside Boston with her husband and children. Emily is accepting new clients in all genres for children. You can read more about her here.