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Our Mentors

Maedeh B. Saaina
This 2021, Maedeh B. Saaina is mentoring Young Adult
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Maedeh B. Saaina
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Maedeh is an Iranian author, artist, writing mentor, editor, and university professor. She has a PhD in Water Science and Engineering, and starting at the age of twenty-seven, she has been one of the youngest university professors in Iran. Maedeh is a children’s book and young adult writer, and has been mentoring writers for years in classes and competitions. Together with her 2021 Co-Mentor Aty S. Behsam, she is working on the upcoming manga DARYAN, the novel DIME A DOZEN, and the comic WHITE SATIN. The two are also introducing Creative Writing major in the universities of Iran. Maedeh is also the director assistant and co-producer of one of Iran’s most popular podcasts, Yuri On RADIO.

For Pitch Wars 2021, Maedeh B. Saaina is co-mentoring with Aty S. Behsam.

Favorite Books

Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic (Manga) by Shinobu Ohtaka
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Fullmetal Alchemist (Manga) by Hiromu Arakawa

Years Mentored