Jolie Stekly teaches the year-long Writing for Children program at the University of Washington. Over the past ten years she has worked with numerous editors, agents, authors, and illustrators to develop programing 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 the literary agent Rosemary Stimola. She writes young adult novels.