Claire Swinarski

This week we’re spotlighting Middle Grade—as an evolving genre that’s increasingly popular not only with readers, but writers; and as a meaningful form that shapes kids’ understanding of the world. We’re geeking out with Middle Grade author Claire Swinarski—and even if you’re not writing Middle Grade, if you have a kid in your life, or were a reader as a kid, this episode is full of insights and information you won’t want to miss.


Claire Swinarski is the author of multiple books, including What Happens Next and The Kate In Between. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Seventeen, Milwaukee Magazine, and many other publications. She’s also the creator of Making a Middle Grade, a podcast on all things middle grade publishing. A born and raised Wisconsinite, she lives just outside of Milwaukee with her husband and soon-to-be-three kids. You can follow her on Instagram @claireswinarski.

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