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June 2020 Development Retreat Faculty


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Nebraska author N. L. (Nancy) Sharp has been writing for children for 20 years. Her first book, Today I’m Going Fishing with My Dad, was a Nebraska Golden Sower nominee in 1995-1996. Nancy later created her own publishing company, Prairieland Press, to publish and market her books. Several of her titles published by Prairieland Press have been nominated for and won awards, including Effie’s Image, Keeping Captain, and The Ring Bear. She is currently working on a middle-grade series for readers in grades 3-6 and volunteers as the Retreat Coordinator for SCBWI Nebraska. She is a pantser who is desperately trying to learn how to plot.





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Shelly Nosbisch is living her best life when she’s working with teens. She’s a teaching artist with Nebraska Writer’s Collective, coaching two Louder Than a Bomb high school slam poetry teams. She writes personal profiles of teen athletes for Edge Magazine and teaches a novel-writing class for teens. Shelly graduated in July 2017 with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and volunteers as the PAL coordinator for the Nebraska chapter of SCBWI. She is a recovering pantser and an aspiring plotter.






June 2021 Complete Submission Package Retreat Faculty


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Jennifer March Soloway is an associate agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult. She adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. To learn more about Jennifer, follow her on Twitter, @marchsoloway, and find her full wish list at