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WriteOut 2018 Authors


Soman Chainani is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University’s MFA Film Program. His debut series, The School for Good and Evil, has sold more than 1.5 million copies and will soon be a film from Universal Pictures. He has been nominated for the Waterstone Prize for Children’s Literature, been named to the Out100, and also received the $100,000 Shasha Grant and the Sun Valley Writer’s Fellowship. Soman lives in New York City.


Ally Carter is the author of 15 novels and three New York Times best-selling series for young adults, including the Gallagher Girls, Heist Society and Embassy Row. Her books have been published in more than 25 countries and have over three million copies in print. She lives in Oklahoma and online at allycarter.com.


Ally Condie is the author of the Matched Trilogy, a #1 New York Times and international bestseller chosen as one of YALSA’s 2011 Teens’ Top Ten and one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Children’s Books of 2010. Her newest books are Atlantia and Summerlost, which was named an Edgar Award Finalist for Best Juvenile Mystery of 2016. Ally is the founder of WriteOut and lives with her husband and four children outside of Salt Lake City.


Brendan Reichs is the author of the instant New York Times bestseller Nemesis and its sequel Genesis, and co-author of the six-volume Virals series. Brendan is a member of the Executive Board for both YALLFEST and YALLWEST literary festivals and has received a MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.


Brandon Mull is the author of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling Beyonders series and Fablehaven series. He spent two years living in the Atacama Desert of Northern Chile where he learned Spanish and juggling. He once earned a gold medal in a pudding eating contest in the park behind his grandma’s house. He always secretly wanted to write books and is contentedly living his dream.


Margaret Stohl is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with a 16-year career in videogames. Her internationally bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels have been published in nearly 50 countries and released as a feature film from Warner Brothers. She also wrote the Black Widow series from Disney Publishing and her first sci-fi series, Icons, is in development as a feature film with Alcon Entertainment.


Ann Dee Ellis is the author of three young adult novels (This is What I Did:Everything is FineThe End or Something Like) and one middle grade novel (You May Already be a Winner). Her books have received multiple starred reviews and other honors. Ellis teaches creative writing and rhetoric at Brigham Young University. When she’s not writing and teaching, she’s wrestling one of her five kids or hiking in the foothills with her husband.


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