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Kim Ablon Whitney

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PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Member
    PEN New England Children's Book Caucus


  • Tufts University
  • M.F.A. , creative writing
    Emerson College
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Young Adults | Groton Public Library, 25 Nov 2009 [cached]
People often say, 'write what you know,' but author Kim Ablon Whitney has experience writing about worlds she knew nothing about. So what does it take to write about something unfamiliar? In this writing workshop we will take short newspaper articles and discuss how to turn them into stories-maybe even novels. Kim will discuss techniques for finding stories in the everyday world around us, doing research, and then creating a unique and rich backdrop of setting and characters. Kim will also discuss some of the benefits and challenges of writing about the unfamiliar vs. the familiar.
Kim Ablon Whitney is the author of three acclaimed novels for young adults: The Other Half of Life, The Perfect Distance, & See You Down the Road. She is a graduate of Tufts University, and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. She is a member of the PEN New England Children's Book Caucus and is the coordinator of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award.
Kim Ablon Whitney, 27 April 2006 [cached]
Kim moved back to her hometown of Newton, Mass. where she lives with her husband, two young sons, and greyhound. She is a graduate of Tufts University, and has an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. She is a member of the PEN New England Children’s Book Caucus and is the coordinator of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award. A lifelong horse lover and rider, she is a nationally licensed judge and officiates at horse shows around the country. She’s also a passionate Boston sports fan, and an excerpt from her baseball-themed novel-in-progress will appear in the anthology FENWAY FICTION.
Equestrian Writer Kim Ablon Whitney Pens New Novel -, 20 Feb 2007 [cached]
Cambridge, Mass -.October 12,2005 Kim Ablon Whitney, a writer in the field of equestrian media, has just released an exciting new novel for horse lovers.Published by Random House, The Perfect Distance, is set in a world Whitney knows well-the ‘A' horse show circuit.
Whitney began her career writing for equestrian magazines.She currently freelances for publications such as Practical Horseman, The Chronicle of the Horse, Equestrian Magazine, Hunter & Sport Horse, Equestrian Talk Magazine, and The Equine Journal.She also writes two monthly columns in The Horseman's Yankee Pedlar and is a former hunter/jumper editor of Sidelines.
In addition, Whitney is a United States Equestrian Federation ‘R' judge in hunters and equitation.She has officiated at some of the top shows in the country, including the Winter Equestrian Festival, HITS Ocala and HITS-on-the-Hudson, Lake Placid, and the Vermont Summer Festival.Whitney has ridden all her life, placing at the equitation finals as a junior, and more recently, competing in the amateur-owner divisions.
While Whitney enjoys writing nonfiction, her dream was always to write novels.She received her Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Emerson College in 2003.Her first novel, See You Down the Road, also published by Random House, was released in February of 2004.It was selected as a Booklist Magazine Editor's Choice for 2005.
In early reviews, The Perfect Distance has been called "an absorbing look into the pressure-packed world of the equitation finals," by Kirkus Reviews.Booklist Magazine says the book "gets the universals of serious competition just right."
"It was great fun to write The Perfect Distance because I was able to write about a world I know and love," Whitney explained.To learn more about Whitney, her writing, and The Perfect Distance, please visit:
h 5Q Whitney, 15 Oct 2005 [cached]
Five Questions for . . . Kim Ablon Whitney
Kim Ablon Whitney and Courtside in the amatuer owner jumpers
Kim Ablon Whitney, author of "The Perfect Distance" grew up in Newton, MA, is a graduate of Tufts University, and has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Emerson College.She lives in Cambridge, MA with her husband, son, and greyhound.Her first novel, See You Down the Road (Knopf '04), was selected as a 2005 Booklist Editor's Choice.Her second novel, The Perfect Distance, is the story of a girl who competes in the equitation finals.In addition to writing fiction, Kim also works as a freelance writer for many national equestrian magazines and is a USEF ‘R' judge in hunters and equitation.She was the Equestrian Editor at Sidelines for a number of years.
Great Books for Horse Lovers: Winner of The Perfect Distance Book Giveaway!, 31 Dec 2010 [cached]
In the December post, Life, Up in the Air, author and USEF judge Kim Ablon Whitney talked about writing, show jumping, and her YA novel, The Perfect Distance, and offered a free signed copy of the bookto a lucky commenter.
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