Fran Orenstein, Ed.D. is the founder of Sunwriter, a multi-faceted writing project. This award-winning poet and writer wrote her first poem at age eight, submitted a short story to a magazine at twelve, continued to write professionally and academically, and is the published author of fiction novels for children, ‘tweens, teens, and adults, and poetry. She gives workshops and hands-on presentations for adults and children on diverse writing subjects, including developing characters, writing for children, publishing, and free verse poetry. Dr. Orenstein has won awards for her poetry and short stories, from the Florida Poetry Society and The American Association of University Women. She has been a member of a number of national and local organizations, including Sisters in Crime, National League of American Pen Women, The Florida and Arizona Poets’ Society, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, writing newsletters for several of these groups.