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Teacher Feature: Jen Malia

Jen Malia is an autistic author and advocate. Her debut children’s picture book, Too Sticky!: Sensory Issues with Autism (Albert Whitman, April 2020), is about a girl who has to overcome her fear of sticky hands to participate in a slime experiment.  The main character is based on her own and her daughter’s experiences living with autism and sensory issues ( 

This summer, Jen Malia is teaching Writing Children’s Books on Wednesdays beginning Jun 9 – Aug 18 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm. 

Writing Children’s Books will empower you to explore the unique voice, character development, plot, and world building needed to write in different age categories. In this course, you will actively write and revise original picture books or chapters for book-length projects and submit them for review! 

Jen Malia earned her PhD in English and MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Southern California.  She’s Associate Professor of English at Norfolk State University.  During her four years as an American expat in the United Arab Emirates, she was Assistant Professor of Writing at the American University of Sharjah.

Read more about Jen Malia here

See a full catalog of our Summer classes, workshops, and seminars and register HERE.

***Tuition assistance and flexibility is available to all who request it, no questions asked. Just select the “I want to talk about tuition assistance” box when checking out!