Wendy Wan-Long Shang’s debut novel, The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, received the Children’s Literature Award from the Asian-Pacific American Librarians Association, and was placed on several state master reading lists. In a starred review, Kirkusdescribed Shang’s book, The Way Home Looks Now, as “a fine story of family, loss, growing up and learning to play baseball.”  

Wendy Wan-Long Shang is the recipient of a Work-in-Progress Grant from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives with her family in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit Wendy at wendyshang.com.

The Editing and Publishing Process

Wendy will take students through the many steps from original draft to published book, including: character development, "big idea" edits, sentence and paragraph-level improvements, copyediting, and advanced reader copies. Students will come away with the message that writers improve by becoming better re-writers.

Sources of Inspiration

What parts of Wendy's books are true or inspired by real life, and what parts are complete fiction? Wendy will talk about how to find inspiration, reveal the family stories that spurred her work, and discuss how history can intersect in unexpected ways with our family histories. She will also show students how having a specific, defined inspiration can help writers develop more material and ideas.


$850 per day in the Washington, D.C. metro area
$1,000 per day plus expenses outside of Washington, D.C.

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Ordering Books

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