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Elissa Brent Weissman

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Author for the Month of October

Elissa Brent Weissman



Elissa Brent Weissman is an award-winning author of novels for 8-to-12-year olds. She has always loved reading and writing stories, from the time she was very little and living in Merrick, New York. When she was in fifth grade, she wrote a novel called The Ryland Revolt and tried to get it published. It was rejected from six places and returned unread from the other four, but that did not stop her from writing.

After graduating from high school, she went to Johns Hopkins University to study creative writing. She wrote the first draft of Standing for Socks her senior year. Her classmates and professors provided invaluable support, encouragement, and criticism that helped shape her main character and her story. After graduating from the Writing Seminars program in 2005, she spent a year in London, England, reading, traveling and getting her masters in Children's Literature.

Elissa now lives in a rowhouse in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband Grant, and their six-year-old daughter and four-year-old son. She teaches in the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program and runs creative writing workshops for adults, teens, and children throughout the city. Most days, though, you can find her-for at least an hour or two-in a coffee shop, drinking hot chocolate and writing on her laptop.

Books she has written include: Standing for Socks, The Trouble with Mark Hopper, Nerd Camp,  Nerd Camp 2.0,  and Our Story Begins: Your Favorite Authors and Illustrators Share Fun, Inspiring, and Occasionally Ridiculous Things They Wrote and Drew as Kids.