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In this Alumnae Association webinar, author Joanna Cooke ’97 shares an introduction to children's literature, from picture to young adult, including tips for getting started as a writer and next steps for a completed manuscript.

Joanna Cooke ’97 writes books for young people, focusing on nature and the human experience. Her debut picture book, “The Sequoia Lives On,” earned a starred Kirkus review, and her middle-grade novel, “Call Me Floy,” was on a School Library Journal Summer 2020 reading list. Due out in spring 2022, Cooke’s third picture book, “Fire Shapes The World” is a natural history of fire. Joanna earned a B.A. in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke, an MFA in creative writing from Lesley University, in the writing for Young People genre, and an ME.d. in elementary education from Prescott College. Prior to writing, she spent 10 years working as an environmental educator and naturalist in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. She lives with her husband and son in Jackson, Wyoming.

This event will be recorded. This event is being conducted over Zoom. As the host, Mount Holyoke College reserves the right to record this session and the event sponsors will give prior notification to event participants of any intention to do so. The recording feature for others is disabled so that no one else will be able to record this session through Zoom. At all times, no recording by any other means is permitted without prior written permission from the event sponsor or as an approved accommodation.

This event will include an oral and visual presentation about writing for young people. For inquiries about the accessibility of this event or to request any accommodations, please email or call Danielle Lund at 413-538-2159. Please make accommodation requests 10 business days prior to the event or sooner in order to allow for implementation time; however, in all situations, a good faith effort will be made to provide accommodations up until the time of the event.

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