Susin Nielsen

nielsenAdjunct Instructor: Writing for Children
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Courses Taught

CRWR 503J 002 – Writing for Children (term 2)

About Susin Nielsen

Susin Nielsen got her start feeding cast and crew on the popular television series, Degrassi Junior High. They hated her food, but they saw a spark in her writing. Nielsen went on to pen sixteen episodes of the hit TV show, and she has written for over 20 Canadian TV series. Her first young adult novel, Word Nerd, was published in 2008 to critical acclaim. It won multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards, as did her second novel, Dear George Clooney: Please Marry My Mom. The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen, published in August 2012, won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, the Canadian Library Association’s Children’s Book of the Year, and multiple Young Readers’ Choice Awards. Author Wally Lamb named it his top YA pick for 2012 in his “First Annual Wally Awards,” and recently Rolling Stone magazine put it at #27 in their list of “Top 40 Best YA Novels.”

Her books have been translated into multiple languages. Susin’s novel, We Are All Made of Molecules, was published in Canada, the US and the UK in Spring of 2015. Her newest novel, Optimists Die First, was published in February 2017. She lives in Vancouver with her family and two naughty cats.