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John Claude Bemis
John Claude is an acclaimed instructor and award-winning children’s book author. John received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Univ. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Education, and was selected as the Piedmont Laureate for Children’s Literature. His novels include "The Wooden Prince" (Disney-Hyperion) and "The Nine Pound Hammer" (Random House), as well as the picture book, "Flora and the Runaway Rooster." John's former student and author, Michelle Leonard, said that "John is a master at helping writers develop story ideas into clear and compelling plots with deeply-drawn characters and captivating narratives. His enthusiasm for craft is purely infectious.” John is also a musician and former classroom teacher, and lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

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