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Our Mentors

Eric Bell
This 2020, Eric Bell is mentoring Middle Grade
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Eric Bell
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Eric Bell knew he loved telling stories when the other kids at recess would act them out. It was one of the few times in his childhood he was truly accepted. As a grownup, he writes stories about kids also finding their own versions of acceptance, and learning that it’s more valuable to accept yourself. Eric is the author of ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD and its sequel, ALAN COLE DOESN’T DANCE. Both books are about a gay seventh grade boy who deals with bullies, crushes, family issues, the healing power of art, and coming out. ALAN COLE IS NOT A COWARD was included on the Rainbow List for GLBTQ Books for Children and Teens. When not writing, Eric teaches writing classes, runs writing workshops, and copyedits. He has been a Pitch Wars mentor since 2018. He loves working with writers and helping to bring out their natural storytelling voice.

Robert Guinsler
Sterling Lord Literistic

Other Published Works

Alan Cole Is Not a Coward (Katherine Tegen Books, September 2017)

Favorite Books

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
Cog by Greg Van Eekhout
Hurricane Child by Kacen Callender
Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai
The Terrible Two (series) by Mac Barnett and Jory John

Years Mentored
2018, 2019, 2020
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