Thirty second bio: Jilanne Hoffmann spent a decade masquerading as a Woman of Numbers until she exchanged her engineering career and stock plan at IBM for a backpack and a world map. One year, 24,000 miles, and a few unsavory adventures later, Jilanne longed to fulfill her mother’s expectation: “You will always choose to do things the hard way.” So she became a writer. Jilanne has an MFA in Creative Writing, has read at Listen to Your Mother – San Francisco, is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, attends Highlights Summer Camp with all the cool kids, and is an aspiring children’s book author. One of her passions is children’s literacy. To that end, she’s a co-producer of Kidquake, the elementary school version of Litquake, San Francisco’s premier literary festival. She also supports the “We Need Diverse Books” campaign. She lives in San Francisco with her husband, son, and Labradane puppy named Wrigley. Many don’t know this, but Wrigley is the reason the Cubs won the World Series in 2016.
Past Writing: Jilanne was a freelance writer and editor, working with socially responsible organizations such as California Rural Legal Assistance, The California HealthCare Foundation, and Exponent Partners. She enjoyed telling her clients’ stories and sharing their successes in the public forum. Random fact: She once wrote 500 fortunes for a New Year’s Eve party balloon drop.
Education/Interests: Jilanne has a BS in Industrial Engineering from the University of Arizona and an MFA in Fiction from San Francisco State University with a concentration in Literary Theory. She is an alumna of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, a founding member of the Dogpatch Writers Collective, and a member of Write On Mamas. She is also a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Northern California Science Writers Association, and the Bay Area Editor’s Forum. Her work has received an APEX Award for Excellence in Technical Communication.
Jilanne also co-chairs the library committee at her son’s school and volunteers for ScholarMatch, an organization founded by Dave Eggers that connects under-resourced students with resources, schools, and donors to make college possible.
Jilanne has traveled to every continent except the one where Emperor Penguins reign. She’s been as far north as the Lofoten Islands in Norway and as far south as Cape Agulhas in South Africa. She’s snorkeled above Giant Clams along the Great Barrier Reef, swum with sharks in Tahiti and with dolphins in the Indian Ocean, had her cooler stolen by a hyena in Botswana, been mugged and tear-gassed in Peru during the era of the Shining Path, and fallen down the Great Wall of China. So many crazy adventures, so many more to come!