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Nikki Barthelmess

Nikki Barthelmess is an award-winning author of young adult books, including The Quiet You Carry, Quiet No More (Flux), and Everything Within and in Between (HarperChildren’s, fall 2021).


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Are you or someone you love or work with a current or former foster kid? Or have you read The Quiet You Carry or Quiet No More and would like to talk with the author? Individuals or groups can book a talk with me to chat about writing, foster care, beating the odds against me to live my dreams, or anything else that you have in mind!

Nikki Barthelmess

45 Minute Program

Writing To Cope: How a Former Foster Kid Found Healing and You Can Too

Most of us know that writing can be cathartic. As a former foster kid, I had a lot of emotions I didn’t know how to deal with or process. I want to share some tools that can help you or someone you love use writing to help process difficult feelings.

Nikki Barthelmess

45 Minute Program

Mining Your Life to Tell Stories

Have you ever been told you have a fascinating life? Do you like telling stories? Some of the best fiction actually comes from lived experience that an author molds into a compelling narrative that is often more interesting than what happened in real life. Author Nikki Barthelmess shares how she drew from her life to create her books and gives tips…

Nikki Barthelmess

45 Minute Program

Nikki Barthelmess is an award-winning author of young adult books, including The Quiet You Carry, Quiet No More (Flux), and Everything Within and in Between (HarperChildren’s, fall 2021). Nikki entered foster care in Nevada at twelve and spent the next six years living in six different towns. During this time, Nikki found solace in books, her journal, and the teachers who encouraged her as a writer. A graduate of the University of Nevada, Nikki lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

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