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Dawn Ius
This 2020, Dawn Ius is mentoring Young Adult
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Dawn Ius
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Dawn Ius is an author, screenwriter, editor, book coach, and communications professional. She has published three young adult novels with Simon Pulse—Anne & Henry, Overdrive, and Lizzie—as well as 16 educational graphic novels for the Alberta Canola Producers, which are being made into cartoons. She is a new writer for the animated show “Rainbow Rangers,” which airs on Nickolodeon Jr, and is the showrunner/head writer of a yet-undisclosed upcoming animated TV show for adults.

Dawn is the Managing Editor of the e-magazine published by The International Thriller Writers, The Big Thrill, and is a book coach and development editor with more than 15 years professional experience. She has edited numerous international publications and published upwards of 500 articles in a diverse spectrum of magazines and newspapers across North America.

She is represented by Mandy Hubbard at Emerald City Literary Agency for her YA fiction, Anne Tibbets at D4E0 Literary for her adult fiction, and Anna Archer at Lucas Talent for her screenwriting.

Dawn lives in Edmonton, AB with her husband and two (very) large dogs. She loves cars that go fast, kayaking and kickboxing, and stories that make the hair on the back of her neck stand.

For Pitch Wars 2020, Dawn Ius is co-mentoring with April Snellings.

Favorite Books

Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
Jar of Hearts by Jennifer Hillier
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
Final Girls by Riley Sager

Years Mentored
2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020