Heidi Y. Stemple

Summer Precollege Programs Creative Writing Instructor


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Heidi E.Y. Stemple didn’t want to be a writer when she grew up. In fact, after she graduated from college, she became a probation officer and then a private investigator. It wasn’t until she was 28 years old that she gave in and joined the family business, publishing her first short story in a book called Famous Writers and Their Kids Write Spooky Stories. The famous writer was her mom, author and Smith alum Jane Yolen. Since then, Stemple has published more than 35 books and numerous short stories and poems, mostly (but not all) for children. She has even collaborated on two books with her brothers. Presently, she is working on a verse novel, a trilogy of chapter books, a poetry collection and about a dozen picture books.