University of Iowa

Laurel Snyder

Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for young readers. Her most recent titles are Charlie and Mouse, which was awarded the Theodore Seuss Geisel Medal in 2018, and Orphan Island, which was long-listed for the National Book Award. Other titles have been recognized with an Orbis Pictus Honor, an E.B. White Honor, and the Sydney Taylor Award. In addition to writing for children, Laurel is a poet, essayist, and book reviewer. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Boston Globe, CNN online, The Iowa Review, Painted Bride Quarterly, Post Road, American Letters and Commentary, and she has been a regular commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. Laurel currently teaches in the MFAC (Writing for Children and Young Adults) program at Hamline University, and lives with her family in Atlanta. A graduate of The University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop (and the Hamburg Inn #2), she's very excited to return to Iowa City.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 21 to July 26 2019
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Laurel Snyder

Have you ever flipped through a picture book, and thought to yourself, “I could do that!” Have you ever tried? It’s tougher than it looks....