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JWKC is now dba: Midwest Children's Authors Guild (MWCAG)
Meet the Faculty

JWKC has hosted the following faculty 
for our Kansas City Events.

Stay tuned for future workshops.
You won't be disappointed!

Eileen Robinson
Executive Editor and Reading Specialist
Scholastic Library/Children's Press

The first step - advice from the editor
Eileen Robinson (right) coaches local author.


As Executive Editor, Eileen publishes, on average, 151 books a year, with an average of 2-3 new series a year, for grades K-5, both fiction and nonfiction. She began in the Education Group for Scholastic Inc and moved on to Raintree Steck-Vaughn, the library division of Harcourt. After working as editorial director there, Eileen returned to Scholastic. She has helped bring over 400 books into print and loves working with new authors.

Please note: Scholastic Library is CLOSED to unsolicited queries and manuscripts. Childrens Press periodically opens submissions to JWKC members who have attended Eileen's workshop and have been invited to do so by the editor. No exceptions will be made.

JWKC will contact members regarding the next submissions period with appropriate contact instruction and guidelines.

Erin Murphy,
Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Relaxing before the conference
Erin Murphy (right) with Melanie Chrismer (ctr), Stephanie Bunce and Barb Stuber

Click here for Interview with Erin by Anna Olswanger

Erin Murphy Literary Agency specializes in children's literature. A member of the Association of Author's Representatives (AAR), Erin Murphy currently negotiates contracts for over 40 clients and is held in high regard by a number of closed publishing houses. Her recent manuscript placements have included Bloomsbury USA, Simon and Schuster, Dutton (Penguin Putnam Group), Candlewick, and Knopf (Randomhouse) as well as many others.

Prior to starting the agency, Erin was the Editor-in-Chief of Northland Publishing.

Note: Erin Murphy Literary agency is closed to unsolicited manuscripts and queries. Manuscripts are considered from those introduced to the agency through professional referral or personal contact with the agent at conferences.

Pam Zollman
Author, Former Editor-Highlights for Children

Writing improves with the right coach!
Reading Instructor, Gwen Hooks (left) with Pam Zollman (center) and Christine Taylor-Butler


Pam's novel, DON'T BUG ME (Holiday House), was awarded Florida's "Sunshine State Readers Award" for 2003-2004. Pam is also the author of numerous chapter books designed for use in the classroom through such publishers at Harcourt/Steck Vaughn. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of children's magazines, anthologies, and testing materials. In 1996 she won the Highlights Annual Fiction Contest for her story "Millie's Garden."

Pam is widely considered a market expert in writer's circles. For nearly 8 years she served as the Children's Magazine Market Guide Coordinator for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and spoke on the subject for five years at the SCBWI National Conference in California. She is frequently the featured speaker at writer's conferences and schools. Pam's background includes bookselling and teaching creative writing.

A prolific author and mentor of both new and experienced writers, Pam's experience spans the gamut of children's publishing.

Melanie Chrismer
Author, Atlanta GA

Melanie Chrismer with her trusty lasso.
Sometimes the best way to get an editor is to "rope one in."


Children's author, Melanie Chrismer, didn't realize she was supposed to be a writer until 1990. Trying her best to flee from the written word only led her to have more stories to write. She is the author of the PHOEBE CLAPPSADDLE stories, tall tale picture books (illustrated by Virginia Marsh Roeder, Pelican Publishing Co.) and the non-fiction book, HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE HUBBLE TELESCOPE: POSTCARDS FROM SPACE (Countdown to Space Series, Enslow Publishers, Inc.). Now, she would rather write than eat--and that's saying something! She loves speaking to schools, educators and fellow writers but her job is her joy. "It's my job to send kids on an adventure. But if I do it right, I go on the adventure first!"