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Jolie Stekly is writer, writing coach, and instructor, teaching both independently and at the University of Washington. Over the past fifteen years she has worked with numerous editors, agents, authors, and illustrators to develop programming for conference, retreats, and classes. She was recognized as SCBWI’s 2009 Member of the Year and now welcomes hundreds of first-time conference attendees to the international conference in Los Angeles, helping them make the most of their experience. She holds a master's degree in education, is on the blog team for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, and is represented by Rosemary Stimola at Stimola Literary Agency.