Virginia Law Manning


Virginia grew up amidst the marvels of New York City, but she spent most of her childhood tucked behind her dollhouse, creating stories and dialogue for her playthings. After earning her bachelor’s degree in art history from Kenyon College, she studied children’s book illustration and writing at Parsons School of Design and enjoyed a career in children’s publishing. 

Virginia's stories often begin with a character trait. She grew up in a unique household and finds lots of inspiration from her immediate family. When developing a story, she looks for the humor and joy in these characteristics. She also mines her memories of her son's childhood for story fodder, and, now, as a part-time instructor of a kindergarten enrichment program, she pays a lot of attention to what makes her students giggle.   

As a member of SCBWI and CBIG-NYC, Virginia is grateful for the many opportunities she has to meet with editors, art directors, designers and agents. She LOVES talking kidlit. Not only is she the critique group organizer and frequent blog contributor for the EPA chapter, but she organizes SCBWI meet ups in Bucks County, PA,  where she lives. One of the great joys in her life is sharing her love of children's books with others.