Laura Geringer Bass is the author of over twenty books for young people. As publisher of the award-winning Laura Geringer Books, an imprint of HarperCollins,she collaborated with many celebrated authors and illustrators. Her novel, THE GIRL WITH MORE THAN ONE HEART, (Abrams, 2018) inspired her prompt-based writing workshop “Finding the Heart of Your Story” which she has presented in schools and libraries nationwide. She serves on the National Advisory Board of First Book, an award-winning organization that has delivered over 200 million books into the hands of children in need. This is her sixth year as a mentor for GWN.
Mentor Donna Hill is a multi-published author with more than 90 published titles to her credit. Three of her novels were adapted for television. Most recently, her novel Confessions is B-Flat is be adapted for the screen with Amblin Partners and Executive Producer Octavia Spencer. Donna has an MFA in Creative Writing and is currently an Assistant Professor at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn.
Sammi LaBue is the author of the creative writer’s guided journal, Words in Progress (DK Sept 2020), and the founder of Fledgling Writing Workshops, a generative writing community online and in person in Brooklyn. You can find some of her other creative work in Literary Hub, PANK, Glamour, Hobart, The Feminist Wire and beyond. She earned her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is at work on a memoir written in collaboration with her mother.
Janice P. Nimura received a Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of her work on The Doctors Blackwell, a New York Times bestseller published in January. Her previous book, Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, was a New York Times Notable book in 2015. Her essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Smithsonian, The Rumpus and LitHub, among other publications. She lives in New York and has been journaling since she was 10.
After receiving her M.A. in English Literature, Megan acquired and edited several bestselling and award-winning books as an editor at Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone and Emily Bestler Books imprints before joining FX Networks as a development and literary executive. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and The Ohio State University, she’s written for The Believer, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and Fast Company, among others. She published her first picture book biography in 2020, and has followed it with nonfiction for adults, middle-graders and another picture book title. Some notable books include Maryam’s Magic: The Story of Mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, $9 Therapy, and Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis’ Fleet-of-Foot Girl. She lives with her (tiny, very silly) dog, Luna, and a collection of wilted houseplants.