Wolff and Arnold will give a public reading in the College Hall Chapel at 7 p.m. on Friday, January 12. Immediately following the readings, there will be a book signing in the bookstore.

Both authors will also give public lectures during the residency. Arnold give her talk on Saturday, January 13 at 1:15 p.m. and Wolff will give hers on Sunday, January 14 at 10:45 a.m. All events will be in the Chapel.


Ashley Wolff is a Vermont-based author/illustrator who will participate in two workshops with the Picture Book Intensive students, and will deliver a lecture and reading as well. She has been a visual artist since she declared herself one at the age of 5. She grew up in Middlebury, Vermont and holds a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Ashley is the author and/or illustrator of more than 60 children’s picture books including Where, Oh, Where is Baby Bear?, Baby Beluga by Raffi, Stella and Roy Go Camping, Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar? by Philemon Sturges and Bonnie Lass, When Lucy Goes Out Walking, I Call My Grandma Nana, Compost Stew by Mary McKenna Siddals, and the beloved Miss Bindergarten series by Joseph Slate.

Her books have won numerous state and national awards. She enjoys working in a variety of media and is eager to share what she has discovered from 30 years of playing with color and light. One of Ashley’s favorite pastimes has been traveling to schools all over the U.S., speaking to children about writing, drawing, and using their imaginations to help them find their own paths to the future. Every summer Ashley teaches in the Children’s Picture Book Writing & Illustration MFA and certificate programs at Hollins University, Roanoke, VA. She lives and works beside a lake in Leicester, VT.


Elana K. Arnold will join us as our Writer-in-Residence, delivering a lecture and a reading, and meeting with each class. She writes books for and about children and teens. Her most recent YA novel, What Girls Are Made Of, was a finalist for the National Book Award, and her middle grade novel, A Boy Called Bat, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.

Her novels have been included on many Best Books lists, including those of the New York Public Library, the L.A. Public Library, the Chicago Public Library, the School Library Journal, and Kirkus. She holds a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of California, Davis, and lives in California with her family and menagerie of pets.