Profile Type: Artist
Tanya Sousa, Author

Tanya is a prolific freelance writer of essays, short fiction and non-fiction, children's books and novels.  Her articles and essays have appeared in “Vermont Magazine”, “The Canine Chronicle”, “Dog and Kennel”, "Rural Heritage", "Vermont's Northland Journal" and "Northern Woodlands" among other magazines, and her creative nonfiction stories appear in anthology series' such as "A Cup of Comfort" and "Chicken Soup for the Soul". Three of her children’s books have been published with Radiant Hen Publishing; the stories encourage the idea of growing your own food and sustainable living. She also writes material for adults – short fiction/non-fiction, essays and novels. Her latest novels have been the work of environmental fiction, The Starling God, which was on the 2015 short list for the national Green Earth Book Award, and the co-authored novella, The Forester's Tale (both with Forestry Press). Nearly all her writing encourages positive interaction with other living things and building empathy overall.

Since her writing covers the ground for small children to adults, and since she has a long work history in education and school counseling, she offers workshops and classes connected to her writing to elementary schools, high schools and in adult learning programs and colleges. She also offers a number of workshops privately for small groups of interested adults. These may take place at a book club leader's home, a library, or in the author's home office/conference room.

Tanya has been known to barter, but fee for service is generally $50 an hour.

I Have Worked With

  • May 2017

    I was invited by a teacher at Lake Region Union High School to visit her Mythology course. I provided her with a couple of readings from my novel, The Starling God, which she shared with her class prior to my visit. She also briefly discussed the premise of the book with students. When I visited, my purpose was to discuss basic components of myths, read another sample of a myth in my own story, and then to help the students begin writing myths of their own based on the framework I presented. 

    Students began writing with my guidance and finished the project in later days with their teacher. 

    She was happy with the results! I've been invited to come again for the upcoming school year.


  • April 2016

     I served as a visiting Author/Artist at the Burke school with grades 2 and 3. I visited with each class 3 times - first to present about authoring and publishing followed by information on picture book storytelling/writing. I worked with each class to create a singular classroom picture book for practice, brainstorming together for characters, setting, problem/conflict and solution. I then worked with students to create their own individualized picture book text. I returned after they'd polished these with their classroom teachers and discussed tips on illustrating picture books.

  • March 2016

    I spent 3 weeks as Author in Residence with grades K-8. The grant-funded position included 3 half-days each week for the three weeks. Within that time I offered a full-school assembly presentation, author presentations to classes on various forms of writing and publishing, and worked with students to create their own writing projects (group picture book text with K-2, individual picture book text with 3-5 and individual personal narrative with 6-8).


    Andrew Fisher, Grades 6-8 Language Arts: "Your time spent with us was both fun and informative for the students and for myself. It was outstanding to see how enthusiastic some of our young writers became when they learned about how they could get published (and maybe even get paid for their writing!). Your warm personality, love for writing, and keen ability to connect with young people were evident - and I believe that our writing of personal narratives definitely will show the benefits from your visit."

    Tiana Gillespie, Grades 3/4: "Giving students the opportunity to see the writing process from the perspective of a published author made it real for my students. It helped them realize the possibilities- They are ALL authors! She even took the time to conference individually with all of them about their personal writing pieces! Having Tanya visit was an invaluable experience and I would highly recommend this opportunity for any classroom."



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Contact Information

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Physical Address: 
Norton, VT 05907
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Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Literary Arts - General
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Non-Fiction
Literary Arts - Publishing
Populations Served: 
General Public
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Marketing Services
Public Relations Services
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-County Region
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
Wooden Horse Arts Guild - Board Member
BFA Writing, Johnson State College
Moonbeam Children's Book Award for "Life is a Bowl of Cherry Pits"
Runner Up in Lantern Books Essay Contest
Departmental Award for Literature - Fiction Writing
Novel, "The Starling God" placed on short-list for the national "Green Earth Book Award", 2015
Received grant from the Wooden Horse Arts Guild to attend 3 day nature-writing conference (organized by Northern Woodlands Magazine)

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Access accommodations for people who are Deaf and hard-of-hearing
Accessible website and/or multimedia for people with sensory disabilities
My presentations are mobile and can accommodate various ages and abilities with planning.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - Health
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Certifications / Training: 
BFA Writing
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