Lin Oliver, 09/04/12

On September 4, 2012, Emma interviewed author and producer and co-founder of SCBWI, Lin Oliver.

LIN OLIVER is a leading children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television series and movies for children.  With her co-author Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling book series, HANK ZIPZER: WORLD’B BEST UNDERACHIEVER, which has sold over three million copies.

Lin is also the author of four comedic novels that comprise the WHO SHRUNK DANIEL FUNK? Quartet from Simon and Schuster, which feature the comedy misadventures of a shrinking boy and his identical shrunken twin brother.  She has three additional children’s book series under contract.  ALMOST IDENTICAL, a three book series from Grosset & Dunlap, is about identical twin tweens who are in the process of establishing individual identities.   SOUND BENDER, a two book commitment which she is writing with Theo Baker, is a high concept science fiction intended for upper middle grade readers is available now. And her new four book series, GHOST BUDDIES, co-authored with Henry Winkler premiered in 2012 from Scholastic.

In television, Lin produced the long-running series, HARRY AND THE HENDERSONS for Universal, for which she wrote over 30 episodes.  She also produced the animated series CORDUROY for PBS and WAYSIDE for Nickelodeon.  In the feature film arena, she has produced THE TRUMPET OF THE SWAN, based on E.B. White’s award-winning novel.

SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators was founded in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based children’s writers. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. Several of the most prestigious children’s literature professionals sit on the SCBWI Board of Advisors.

The SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for young people. It serves as a consolidated voice for professional writers and illustrators the world over.  As a unified body, the SCBWI acts as a powerful force to effect important changes within the field of children’s literature, promoting new copyright legislation, equitable treatment of authors and artists, and fair contract terms.  There are currently more than 22,000 members worldwide, in over 70 regional chapters writing and illustrating in all genres for young readers from board books to young adult (YA) novels, making it the largest children’s writing organization in the world.

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