Kathryn Erskine is the author of six children’s novels including National Book Award winner, Mockingbird, Jane Addams Peace Award honor book Seeing Red, and most recently, The Incredible Magic of Being, and the picture book, Mama Africa: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with her Song.  She draws on life stories and world events in her writing and is currently working on several more novels and picture books.


“She was organized and knowledgeable.”

“Very well-prepared. Super friendly and helpful. Well informed. Told me lots of things I didn’t know.”

“She’s excellent. No suggestions except to keep teaching classes, please!”

“Loved her. Loved hearing her views—her honesty, her experience.”

“The seminars were great. The only issue is they were over too quickly. There were only six students, so the class felt intimate and we all bonded quickly. I think this led to lively discussions and Kathy E. sometimes just let the discussion evolve organically and let us go overtime, too. She was generous with her time and I appreciated all the handouts and her personal habits as a writer that help her get into the character and the story.” 

“Kathy was a great instructor. I like that she showed what she does when she writes and then also gave us tools that she does not use when she writes, knowing that we’re all different.”

“Kathy was great. I think she really made an effort to address each student’s individual problem area and gave very good advice.”