Jillian Manning is the Executive Director of the National Writers Series. She has been an avid reader and writer since her youth and is the author of several books with Sesame Street. Prior to joining NWS, Jillian worked as an editor for Sourcebooks and HarperCollins and as a public relations manager for Traverse City Tourism. In her free time, she loves exploring northern Michigan with her family or curling up with a good book and one of her many kittens. Connect with Jillian at