HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Linda Oatman High

Author, Journalist & Playwright


  • Writing to the Beat of a Different Drummer: Gleaning Writing Ideas from Real Life
  • Tackling Tough Subjects for Teens: The Author of “December” Speaks About the Real-Life 1991 Bullying and Murder of Her Cousin’s Daughter in Lancaster County, PA
  • One Amazing Elephant: Getting Into the Head, Heart and Soul of an Elephant
  • Writing in Free-Verse for the Struggling Teen Reader
  • Psychological Suspense Writing: Gone Girl Meets Amish Country
  • Writing for Children and Teens

Linda Oatman High is an author, journalist and playwright who resides in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She writes picture books, middle grade novels, and YA novels, and her first novel for adults is forthcoming. High’s books for children and teens have won awards and honors including an ALA Best Picture Book, a VOYA Top Ten, and she was the 2014 recipient of the Phyllis Reynolds Naylor working writer fellowship from PEN America.

In February 2017, High’s middle grade novel, One Amazing Elephant (HarperCollins) debuted. In this heartwarming novel, a girl and an elephant face the same devastating loss—and slowly realize that they share the same powerful love.

For over 20 years, High has presented keynotes and led writing workshops at schools, conferences, and retreats across the globe. From poetry to psychological suspense to writing with inspiration from real life, High is able to tailor a presentation to fit your audience’s needs.

High was honored in England in 2012 with the Sunday Times EFG award for her short story “Nickel Mines Hardware,” and she was the winner of the Ross Legal Writing contest in 2017. She has had three plays produced, and has worked as a journalist for many newspapers and magazines. She is a graduate of Vermont College with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Praise for Linda Oatman High:

“Linda was our featured author at Virginia’s Fall for the Book taping of the Book Club for Kids podcast in front of a live audience. She was terrific with the kids who discussed her book and with the adults in the audience. Such great stories she shared!”
--Kitty Felde Host/Executive Producer

"Linda adds a personal touch to all her talks, drawing audiences into her world and making them feel like a part of her creative process. She inspires us all to find the writer inside."
--Lois Szymanski, Maryland SCBWI regional advisor

“Linda Oatman High totally rocked the 2017 Sanibel Island Writers Conference. Multiple students singled out her workshop as a weekend highlight, and the students she met with individually for manuscript consultations said her advice transformed their writing. I can't wait to bring her back.”
--Tom DeMarchi, Director of Sanibel Island Writers Conference

“Linda Oatman High relates to a variety of audiences with her honesty, heart, and the solid literary information. Linda is a natural teacher and entertainer. This is evident in all her presentations, whether they be for media specialists, teachers, writers, or students of any age.”
--Lola Schaefer, author/teacher/presenter