Every year, we offer one talented, emerging middle grade author a month-long residency in the furnished third-floor apartment of Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio. The Children’s Writer-in-Residence has time to focus on his/her own writing project and spends up to ten hours per week teaching children the joys of writing at Thurber House’s Summer Writing Camp as well as at other local community organizations. 

Photo Credit: Carter Hasegawa

Photo Credit: Carter Hasegawa

Baba Yaga Cover.jpg

2019 Children's Writer-in-Residence

We’re excited to announce that Marika McCoola will be the 2019 Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence! McCoola, author of the graphic novel Baba Yaga’s Assistant, will enjoy the haunted third floor apartment of Thurber House for four weeks during the summer where she will bring her unique writing and cartooning programs to Columbus. During her stay, she will work with our summer camp students, speak at libraries, and visit other local community organizations while working on her next project. Stay tuned for times and locations where you can catch Ms. McCoola this summer! You can pick up her graphic novel, Baba Yaga’s Assistant, in the Thurber Country Bookstore throughout the summer.

Marika McCoola is an illustrator, educator, and the New York Times bestselling author of Baba Yaga's Assistant. She studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art and received her BFA in Illustration in 2009. Marika received an MFA in Writing for Children in 2012 from Simmons College. In addition to writing and illustrating, Marika teaches undergraduate art and literature courses for the State University of New York, Empire State College, is a partial owner of Porter Square Books, and teaches art & writing classes. When not in danger of being squashed by books, Marika may be found skiing, cycling, hiking, or dancing. She currently resides in Somerville, MA. You can see more of Marika's work at

If you’re an emerging middle grade author, check back in the fall for submission guidelines for our 2020 residency! If you have any questions, please contact Meg Brown at

Past Children's Writers-in-Residence

2018: Pablo Cartaya
2016: Lou Anders
2015: Crystal Allen
2014: Kristen Kittscher
2013: Jane Kelley
2012: Donna Gephart
2011: Alan Gratz
2010: Keith McGowan
2009: Hope Anita Smith
2008: Alan Silberberg
2007: Lisa Yee
2006: Sam Swope
2005: Shelley Pearsall
2004: Laurie Miller Hornik
2003: Natasha Tarpley
2002: Kathryn Hewitt
2001: Deborah Wiles


Pablo Pic 1.jpeg