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Our Mentors

Dante Medema
This 2021, Dante Medema is mentoring Young Adult
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Dante Medema
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Dante Medema is an author of books for young readers. Her debut novel, The Truth Project (HarperTeen / Quill Tree Books) was an Indies Introduce title as well as an Indie Next pick, and was nominated for the YALSA Quick Pick for reluctant readers in 2021. In Spring 2021 she sat as the Writer in Residence at Alaska Pacific University where she has previously guest lectured on publishing. Her sophomore novel is set to publish in spring of 2022. Dante has spoken on a variety of subjects at The Alaska Writers Conference between 2018 and 2020, and sat on the board for The Alaska Writers Guild during those same years. She is a member of SCBWI Alaska, where she’s presented as a webinar speaker. Dante was a 2020 PitchWars mentor, and is passionate about helping authors meet their goals. She lives in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband, four daughters, two pups, and a room full of alien memorabilia—and books, of course. When she’s not writing, she dabbles in baking, cake decorating, and reading up on enneagram personality types.

Louise Fury
The Bent Agency

For Pitch Wars 2021, Dante Medema is co-mentoring with Liz Lawson .

Other Published Works

Message Not Found (Harper Collins / Quill Tree Books 3.29.2022)

Favorite Books

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A Short History of the Girl Next Door by Jared Reck
Sadie by Courtney Summers
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Years Mentored
2020, 2021
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