Today I received news that I'm the runner-up for the Martha Weston Grant given by SCBWI! With the help of this generous grant I'll be attending the conference in Los Angeles this summer! My congratulations to the winner, Linda Marshall, and to all the other applicants. I look forward to meeting you all at the conference!
The Martha Weston Grant is awarded to a published author or illustrator who is looking to switch genres in children's books. My switch-up project is writing and illustrating a non-fiction graphic novel in the form of a memoir/biography for a young adult (YA) reader: A first-generation daughter of Armenian immigrants from Istanbul, Turkey struggles with her identity and family's history of the Armenian Genocide, and the true story of her great-grandmother's survival.
My sincere thanks to the grant committee and to the Hairston family who honors the memory of Martha Weston with this grant. Martha Weston published over 50 picture books and a middle grade novel just before her death. You can read all about the remarkable Martha here.