Special Guests

Kody KeplingerKody Keplinger
Author of THE DUFF

Kody Keplinger, a Writing major at Ithaca College from 2009 to 2011 and a regular visiting writer at the Ithaca Writers Institute, will return in 2015. "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. After The DUFF was released as a major motion picture earlier this year, the book rose to the #2 spot on the New York Times Bestseller List. Kody has published three more novels for young adults, Shut Out, A Midsummer’s Nightmare, and Lying Out Loud (out April 28, 2015). She is also the author of a middle grade novel, The Swift Boys & Me. Kody now lives in New York City, where she teaches for the Gotham Writers' Workshop.