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2020 Novel Retreat Faculty

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Nebraska author N. L. 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. Sharp 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.






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.