SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Meet Your Regional Team

 

Co-Regional Advisor

Dorian Cirrone has been the Co-Regional Advisor for several years, was Assistant Regional Advisor before that, and Workshop/Intensive Coordinator before that. She has been a dance teacher, a journalist at a daily newspaper, and a university writing instructor. She is the author of novels, chapter books, short stories, and poems. Her most recent middle-grade novel The First Last Day (Aladdin/S&S) won the Gold Medal in the Florida Book Awards and has been translated into four languages. Her work has been on the American Library Association’s Popular Paperback List, Bank Street’s Best Books List, the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Fiction, and others. She is a frequent writing workshop presenter around the state. Learn more about Dorian at: www.doriancirrone.com

 

Co-Regional Advisor

Rob Sanders is a writer who teaches and a teacher who writes. He has been writing professionally since college; worked for fifteen years as an editor, editorial group manager, and product designer in educational publishing; and has a life-time of experience teaching children. Rob hosted the SCBWI Florida Tampa Bay area meetings for years, has served as Assistant Regional Advisor for SCBWI Florida, and created the Rising Kite Writing Contest for the region. He is a sought-after speaker, critiques hundreds of manuscripts a year, and finds time to write award-winning picture books that have been described as “fierce and funny.” Learn more about Rob at: www.robsanderswrites.com.

 

Assistant Regional Advisor

Moira Rose Donohue began writing for children after her defection from the practice of banking law. Since then, she has published over 35 books. Many of her books were written as work-for-hire in the educational market. Among her educational titles are Great White Sharks (a Junior Library Guild selection); Tree Frogs: Life in the Leaves, which received a starred review from School Library Journal; and The U.S. Constitution: Why It Matters to You, all from Scholastic Children’s Press. With National Geographic Kids, she has written several true animal chapter books including Parrot Genius and Dog on a Bike, as well as Little Kids First Big Book of the Rain Forest. Her 2017 publication of The Invasion of Normandy with North Star Editions was also a Junior Library Guild selection. Moira has also written a number of biographies, including one about Lyndon Johnson, which received a starred review from Booklistin 2016. Although many of her books were for the educational market, her first two books were for Albert Whitman: Alfie the Apostrophe and Penny and the Punctuation Bee. And she has two books coming out from Sleeping Bear Press: How to Draw a Lion, co-written with artist John Platt (Fall, 2020 release) and Stompin’ at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became King of Drums. Moira is originally from New York City. She spent many years in northern Virginia and held a number of volunteer jobs in the SCBWI MidAtlantic Region. Since 2018, she lives full-time in St. Petersburg, FL. Learn more about Moira at: www.moirarosedonohue.net

 

Illustrator Coordinator

Fred Koehler, who has been our tech person for a few years, steps into the role of Assistant Regional Advisor. He is an artist and writer whose real-life misadventures include sunken boats, shark encounters, and  getting caught in a hurricane. Whether freediving in the Gulf of Mexico or backpacking across Africa, Fred’s sense of adventure and awe of   nature overflow into his characters’ stories. He won a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for his illustrations for One Day, The End. Fred is passionate about encouraging young artists, promoting social justice, and conserving our environment. He lives in Florida with his wife, kids, and a rescue dog named Cheerio Mutt-Face McChubbybutt. Learn more about Fred at: https://www.ilikefred.com/