Mendocino Coast Writers Conference

August 4-6, 2016

Come write in Mendocino this summer!

• A cool place for writers and creativity
Laura Atkins leads Writing for Young People workshops
• Find literary expertise, inspiration, encouragement, community
• Deepen your craft on California’s wild and rugged North Coast

Laura Atkins is an author, teacher and independent children’s book editor with experience at Children’s Book Press, Orchard Books, and Lee & Low Books, helping to produce winners of the Coretta Scott King Award and ALA Notable Book selections, amongst others. She has taught creative writing to undergraduates and MA students in London, where she also received her MA in Children’s Literature. Laura earned her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Upcoming publications include a light-hearted picture book about a dachshund who wants to run in the Iditarod (Minted Prose Press) and a middle grade biography of Fred Korematsu whose case challenged Japanese internment during WW2 (Heyday Books). Passionate about diversity and equity in children’s books, Laura is based in Berkeley, California. Find out more at

“Laura helps writers to clarify their vision for a particular project and she then assists them in meeting and/or exceeding their goals.” ~ Zetta Elliott, prizewinning author of Ship of Souls, Bird, and A Wish After Midnight

“Laura absolutely knows her stuff and is committed not just to diverse, high-quality children’s literature, but to supporting the artists and writers working to create it.”

~Kate Schatz, author of Rad American Women A-Z (City Lights, 2015).

“When it comes to the writing life, Laura Atkins is an intrepid explorer who has developed skills with both editing and creating pieces from scratch and with fiction, nonfiction, poetry and prose, and half a dozen different genres. She is a humble and generous teacher, someone who believes deeply in community and the power of the creative process.” ~Jane Kurtz, award-winning author of The Storyteller’s Beads and River Friendly, River Wild.

Full conference details:

Registration Open Now – Limited Scholarships Available
Mendocino College Coastal Campus – Fort Bragg, California 95437