Dante Medema

Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. Her debut novel, The Truth Project (HarperTeen / Quill Tree Books) was an Indies Introduce title as well as an Indie Next pick, and was nominated for the YALSA Quick Pick for reluctant readers in 2021. It’s been translated in Polish as Projekt Prawda and German as Diese Eine Luge. In Spring 2021 she sat as the Writer in Residence at Alaska Pacific University where she has previously guest lectured on publishing. Her sophomore novel is set to publish in spring of 2022. Dante has spoken on a variety of subjects at The Alaska Writers Conference between 2018 and 2020, and sat on the board for The Alaska Writers Guild during those same years. She is an active member of SCBWI Alaska, where she’s presented as a webinar speaker. Dante was a 2020 and 2021 PitchWars mentor, and is passionate about helping authors meet their goals. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, four daughters, two pups, and a room full of alien memorabilia–and books, of course. When she’s not writing, she dabbles in baking, cake decorating, and reading up on enneagram personality types. The Truth Project is available now with Quill Tree Books / HarperCollins.

“Both Sona Charaipotra and Dante Medema were so open with sharing their methods and so giving with their advice. Love that it truly felt like a “workshop” and not a “class.” But love that there were also elements of instruction.”

“Sona Charaipotra and Dante Medema were honest, enthusiastic, supportive, knowledgeable and welcoming.”

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