Nicole Marie Schreiber wears many hats–  story scribbler, preschool through primary grade teacher, mother, wife, puppy caretaker, cat cuddler, passionate traveler, reading addict, magician’s assistant (her husband is a magician), tea lover, oatmeal chocolate chip cookie eater… the list goes on and on.

As a writer, Nicole writes literary historical fiction and fantasy that transports readers into another world (whether it be another time or place) and brings them back empowered to pursue  their own dreams as well as enlightened about themselves and the magic of the written word.

She has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and  has been mentored by such talented writers as Ron Koertge, Ellen Howard, Kathi Appelt, and  Jane Resh Thomas. She is a member of SCBWI and volunteered on the SCBWI-Ventura/Santa  Barbara/ Kern County board back when she lived in southern California.

As a teacher, Nicole believes in maintaining a sense of wonder and excitement about learning for her students. She has taught a wide variety of ages, from  preschool-7th grade.  Previously, she taught four years in 3rd grade, three years in 2nd grade, and one year as a 6th grade English and 7th grade social studies teacher.  She has also had experience as an early literacy  teacher as well as a substitute.

Currently, Nicole is a preschool teacher at Peake Academy in Lake Oswego, Oregon, after taking some time off to have her two sons, ages 2 and 5.  There, her classroom is a place of safety, nurturing, exploration, and discovery, where learning opportunities abound everyday.  It is a hands-on, literacy-rich environment where the children question, discover, and explore the world around them though play using learning centers (art, dramatic play, science, sensory table, etc.), music and movement, circle and story times, games, and playground time.

Besides writing and teaching, Nicole’s earlier endeavors in her life include working as a museum docent, a historical costumer, an Italian teacher’s assistant, a Disneyland employee, a theatre usher, a newspaper reporter, a law school secretarial assistant, and a cook at a bowling alley snack shop where she learned the joys of dipping french fries in ranch dressing (her first “real” job at age fifteen!)

When not making Play dough or revising her novels, you can find Nicole’s nose buried in a book while drinking her favorite tea (Harney & Son’s Paris), dreaming of her next travel adventure with her family, listening to her oldest son’s newest invention, or cuddling with her youngest son on his bed while reading books about trains, planes, and friendly monsters under the bed.  She  and her family live in  West Linn, Oregon with their two cats and a yellow lab mix puppy  in an historic 103-year-old house.


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"I am not at all in a humor for writing; I must write on till I am."- Jane Austen

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