Heidi E. Y. Stemple

Heidi didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer in Florida. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author Jane Yolen. Since then, she has more than twenty five books published. Her entire family now writes–together and apart. No one has been harmed yet, so the collaborations will continue. Heidi lives in Massachusetts on a big old farm with two houses, two cats, three barns, and tons of wildlife.

“Debbie Ridpath Ohi and Heidi E.Y. Stemple were so encouraging, nurturing, informative, resourceful and entertaining! Their styles and personalities were a perfect blend.”

“Heidi [E.Y. Stemple] and Debbie [Ridpath Ohi] are simply the best.  They know their stuff, are good at teaching it, and are just warm, lovely people.”

“Heidi [E.Y. Stemple] and Debbie [Ridpath Ohi] are amazing. They are inspiring and encouraging to each participant – from novice to experienced writer.”

“I love the way Heidi Stemple gave explicit and very concrete techniques and examples for how to proceed with a story.”

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