Middle Grade Lunch Break

Middle Grade Writers Read Middle Grade Books


Kristi WrightKristi Wright (assistant editor) is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the San Francisco/South region of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators and a writing mentor for the non-profit Society of Young Inklings. She offers writing workshops at the elementary school level with a focus on point of view and sensory detail. Her indie-published futuristic middle grade adventure series, The Basker Twins in the 31st Century, raises funds and awareness for a rare, childhood-onset disease, Friedreich’s ataxia. Find her at www.kristiwrightauthor.com and on Twitter @KristiWrite.

Anne-Marie StrohmanAnne-Marie Strohman (editor) writes picture books and is working on a middle grade novel. She is trained as a teacher, an editor, and a scholar, specializing in Renaissance Literature. She lives in the mostly-sunny city of Sunnyvale with her husband and two children. She is an active member of SCBWI. Find her at amstrohman.com and on Twitter @amstrwriter.

Becky LevineBecky Levine writes middle-grade novels and picture books. She has written two nonfiction children’s books for Capstone Press and is the author of The Writing & Critique Group Survival Guide from Writer’s Digest Books. Becky lives in California’s Santa Cruz mountains and, in her day job, is Foundation Relations Manager at The Tech Museum of Innovation. She also blogs at beckylevine.com.

Beth Mitchell lives in the coastal mountains of Northern California with her husband and two sons. A member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators, she writes middle grade novels and blogs about the books she and her boys love at https://bethmitchell.rocks.


Jen Jobart writes middle grade fiction and is always sending characters she loves on dangerous adventures. She is an active member of the SCBWI and has studied writing for children through Stanford’s Continuing Studies program. When Jen’s not writing, she’s outside gardening and raising chickens at her home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Find her at www.jenjobart.com.

Lindsay Lackey is a freelance writer and editor, a recent California transplant, and a newbie vertical garden nerd. She is the author of magical middle grade fiction, and absolutely, positively, definitely does not own too many books. Her debut novel, ALL THE IMPOSSIBLE THINGS, is coming from Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press in 2019.

LA Biscay writes children’s books and dances everyday, if only down the hall. As a teacher of Creative Movement, she enjoys assembling basic dance elements into unique combinations. It’s probably why she’s a fan of story structure! LA is an active member of SCBWI. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, children, super dog, and a brood of chickens that lay green eggs. Yep. Green eggs.

Danielle Sunshine grew up in Texas and studied English Literature at UC Berkeley. She also holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Danielle has taught ESL, literacy, literature, art history, poetry, and writing to kids and adults.  She is the Regional Advisor for the SF/South chapter of SCBWI, and she is the founder of the Middle Grade Lunchbreak. Danielle is currently revising her second historical fiction novel and writes picture book biographies. She lives with her husband, two children, and English Shepherd in the SF Bay Area.

Sonya DoernbergSonya Doernberg  lives in the Bay Area with her husband and ten-year-old fraternal girl/boy twins.  She writes middle grade historical fiction. You can find Sonya on facebook.


Kat St. ClaireKat St. Claire’s stories for children have won several awards. She writes in her downtown Menlo Park treehouse where traffic sounds like ocean waves and imagination reigns. You can find her on Facebook and soon on her web site, a work in progress.

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