Val Swan is excited to join the Writopia team in the Bay Area! Val has served as an instructor, program director, and mentor for youth from all walks of life for over two decades. Born curious, she shares her enthusiasm as a writer, blogger, editor, and storyteller. Recent publications include lead authorship on a case study of young women's leadership development through the Center for Creative Leadership. Excerpts of her writing can be found in Know and Tell: A Writing Pedagogy of Disclosure, Genre, and Membership by David Bleich. Val’s poetry has been published by SUNY Binghamton. She is currently writing her story of surviving and thriving with childhood chronic illness.