Sharon Mentyka

Susan Casey

Sharon Mentyka is a children’s writer, designer and educator, with an MFA in Writing from the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts (NILA) Whidbey Writers Workshop. Her stories grow from small kernels of truth that explore common themes: fairness (or unfairness), transitions and helping the less powerful find their voice.

Her stories and essays, for both children and adults, have appeared in numerous literary magazines including ColumbiaKids, Cricket and Soundings Review. QUI, QUA, AND QUO, a picture book about three cats living in the ancient Italian hilltown of Civita di Bagnoregio was the product of Sharon 2012 two-month fellowship from the Civita Institute, where she also created a series of storytelling maps. B IN THE WORLD, an illustrated children’s chapter book about a gender non-conforming child was published in 2014 and CHASING AT THE SURFACE, a middle grade novel inspired by a 30-day visit of orca whales to an enclosed inlet in the Pacific Northwest, is forthcoming from WestWinds Press in October 2016.

An active member of SCBWI-Western Washington and a contributor to the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign, Sharon also tutors and teaches writing workshops to middle and high school students.

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“Sharon was a kind, generous, and encouraging teacher.  She created an environment where each student could ask questions and bring their voice to the table, no matter how different their writing styles.” — Nick M, 5TH grade teacher, Seattle School District

“I was so pleased with Sharon’s teaching and her obvious love of the quirkiness of kids. My daughter came home from her workshop each day excited to tell me new ideas and techniques she was trying out, and gained a lot of confidence as a writer.”
— Heidi T, parent, Sammamish, WA

“Sharon’s writing workshop really helped my son figure out what to tackle as a writing topic. For him, that was as important as the actual writing.”
— Corinne S, parent, Lake Oswego, OR