Rita Williams-Garcia, a Queens, New York native, is the celebrated author of novels for young adults and middle grade readers. Her most recent middle grade novel, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground won the 2018 NAACP Image Award for Literature for Young People and was a 2017 National Book Award Finalist. Williams-Garcia is most known for her Coretta Scott King Author Award winning Gaither Sisters trilogy that begins with One Crazy Summer, recipient of the Newbery Honor and the Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction. She is both a three-time Coretta Scott King Author Award recipient and National Book Award Finalist. Her recent YA historical novel, A Sitting in St. James, is the winner of the 2021 Boston Globe Horn Book and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize awards.
Each year a formerly unpublished conference attendee, who has gone on to publish in the field of children's literature, shares his or her experience with aspiring authors and illustrators.
Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo
2022 Success Story Speaker
Jeanne Zulick Ferruolo is the author of Each of Us a Universe, A Galaxy of Sea Stars, and Ruby in the Sky, which earned two starred reviews and which Booklist called "quietly magical." She is also a volunteer with IRIS-Integrated Refugee & Immigrant Services in New Haven, Connecticut. She lives in Ellington, Connecticut, with her family. Visit her at www.jzulferr.com.
Please be aware that our COVID policy for the in-person October 22 conference may change depending upon NJ State mandates and the most current conditions. The safety of our attendees and guests is our primary concern.
RUCCL requires that attendees be fully* vaccinated or provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event. The negative test results must then be presented upon check-in to the conference.
The online application will require you to either upload a photo of your vaccination card or select the PCR test option.
The Conference Center at Mercer follows NJ State masking mandates, but RUCCL may require a mask for October 22 regardless. We will notify attendees, but please bring a mask with you just in case.
Those who do not follow RUCCL’s COVID policy will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Despite precautions taken, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any place people gather. By agreeing to attend this conference all attendees hereby waive any claims against RUCCL, The One-on-One-Plus Conference, The Conference Center at Mercer, and their respective employees, agents, representatives, principals and event participants for any issue relating to or arising from exposure to or contraction of Covid-19.
* A person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer, Moderna) or single dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.