Ellen was only eleven years old when she decided to become a children's book author.
"I remember the exact moment when I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted to be a writer. I was eleven years old and I was in my school library, strolling through the aisles, trying to decide what to read next. Should it be A Wrinkle in Time? Or maybe Harriet the Spy. In a flash, I decided that the best books in the world were written for eleven-year-olds! Sadly, my twelfth birthday was just around the corner. So I reasoned the only thing to do was to grow up and write books for eleven-year-olds." -Ellen Potter
Ellen studied creative writing at Binghamton University and worked a variety of jobs while writing - she was a dog groomer, construction worker, art teacher, and waitress.
Since her epiphany about being a writer, Ellen has authored over a dozen books, including: Olivia Kidney, Slob, Spilling Ink (co-authored with Anne Mazer), The Humming Room, Piper Green and the Fairy Tree, and others.
Her novel Olivia Kidney was a winner of the Child Magazine "Best Book" award and was a "Best Book of the Year" selection for 8 - 12 year-olds by Parenting magazine.
She has been a contributor to Cimarron Review, Epoch, The Hudson Review, and Seventeen.
She lives in Maine with her family and dogs.
October 4, 2017: Woodland Elementary School in Baileyville
October 5, 2017: Ella Lewis School in Steuben
Immerse Yourself in Ellen's Books
IRW creates worksheets to supplement the books we bring to life in the classroom, and provide these worksheets to teachers and students to use in preparation for their school visit. Here are some worksheet links for Ellen’s books: