Monday, March 28, 2011

2011 Conference Series-Distinguished Faculty: Jim Whiting

Just a few more days left in March! Which means we're getting that much closer to our 20th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference! It's time to introduce another wonderful faculty member who is part of our Distinguished Faculty; Author Jim Whiting. Not only is Jim an author, but he has also been a journalist, editor, and photographer for more than 30 years. He has written and edited about 200 nonfiction children s books. He covers a huge range of subjects; from authors to zoologists.

Jim worked a seventeen year stint publishing Northwest Runner (a regional running magazing) and is the founder, and head couch for the Bainbridge Blazers Cross Country Club, a youth running program. Jim also offers editing services (you can see some great recommendations on his website), and does school visits.

Jim has a bio on the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library webpage, and the fun quote below is from an article on the Kitsap Sun page.
Whiting's work also makes him "one popular guy at parties." That is, if you don't mind listening to a guy describe the training habits of cage fighters or how childbirth was carried out in Hungary, circa 1860.
A fun fact about Jim is that he ran a marathon in Greece over the original course from the Plain of Marathon to downtown Athens. Jim is also co-leading the Nonfiction Intensive at our upcoming conference (along with Editor Lionel Bender). You can find out more information about Jim, and his work, on his website (he has some Fun 'n Fascinating Facts section posted).

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