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Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for kids, including middle grade novels like Orphan Island and My Jasper June, picture books like Endlessly Ever After, and the Charlie and Mouse series for early readers. She’s been the recipient of the Geisel Medal, the Sydney Taylor book award, and nominated for the National Book Award, among other honors. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Laurel currently teaches in the MFAC program at Hamline University.  Find her online at

“Laurel and Erin were amazing! It is hard to list a favorite part of the workshop but I’d have to say my 1:1 meeting helped me figure out where to go next with my middle grade novel.”

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