Special Guests

Kody KeplingerKody Keplinger
Author of THE DUFF, SHUT OUT, A MIDSUMMER'S NIGHTMARE, and THE SWIFT BOYS & ME

Kody Keplinger, a Writing major at Ithaca College from 2009 to 2011 and a visiting writer at the first Ithaca Writers Institute, will return in 2014. "I was so impressed and moved by the Writer's Institute," she says, "both by the program itself and by the camaraderie I saw among the participants. I couldn't help wishing a program like this had existed when I was a teenager."

During her senior year of high school, Kody wrote her first novel, The DUFF, which was published in 2010. Since then, she has published two more novels for young adults, Shut Out and A Midsummer’s Nightmare. Her first middle grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me, will be out in summer 2014. Kody now lives in New York City and writes full time.