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Ginger Turner, author of Abraham Lincoln: The Civil War President and Gold Mine! The California Gold Rush Story, started as a playwright. Her work has been seen across the nation, from California to Texas, and most recently, off-Broadway in New York City last June. As a history buff, she especially enjoys writing plays about historical topics. Since 1994, she has won numerous awards for historical playwriting from the Texas Historical Association, including an invitation to present "Standing Up for her Rights," a play about the history of woman suffrage, in the National Archives in Washington D.C. in 1996. Her plays have also won awards from the National YPI Playwriting Competition (2002), the Blank Theatre (2001), and the Alley Theatre (2000), among others. Educated at Stanford University and the Yale School of Drama, she currently splits her time between California and Texas.


Lauri Olsen, author of Pacific Bound: The Adventures of Lewis & Clark, lives in Bozeman, Montana, the state she loves. Raised in Great Falls, Lauri is a native Montanan whose family has been in the state for six generations. Lauri‚Äôs articles, short stories and essays have appeared in regional and national magazines and newspapers. Her first two novels, BIG SKY DREAMS and COLD MOON HONOR, were published by Avalon Books, New York. In addition, she has taught writing for the Bozeman Adult Education program and the MSU Summer Institute.




Laura J.  Stegmaier-Pettinato, author of upcoming educational graphic novel Thirteen Americas: The Declaration of Independence and Thirteen Americas: The American Revolution, is a Connecticut based freelance scriptwriter who has created scripts both for animation and live action. She has produced scripts for animated series such as Tomato Twins Arabian Nights - The Untold Stories and The GNARFS! Laura received her B.A. from State University of New York, College at Oswego, with a major in Communications Studies (broadcasting concentration) and a minor in Music (classical piano performance and musical theatre).  In 1988, she obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Hofstra University School of Law, where she was Associate Editor of the Labor Law Journal.  









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