about me

sharon_mentyka1I’m an author, teacher and designer and my love is writing for middle-grade children. My stories grow from small kernels of truth that explore common themes: fairness (or unfairness), transitions and the complicated path to finding your own voice.

I have an MFA in Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) Whidbey Writers Workshop where I was awarded the Elizabeth George Foundation Merit Scholarship. My stories and essays have been published in various literary magazines for both children and adults including ColumbiaKids, Cricket and Soundings Review. In 2012, I received the Astra Zarina Fellowship from the Civita Institute and spent two months in the ancient Italian hilltown of Civita di Bagnoregio creating a series of storytelling maps.

I invite you to follow and comment on my blog where I offer book reviews, interviews with other authors, and general impressions on the world of writing for children and young adults as well as information about college essay workshops and tip and thoughts on the college admissions process.

You can also visit my College Essay Coaching website for more information on the services I offer to high school students.