An author, editor, creative writing teacher, Mina Witteman writes in English and Dutch. She has seven middle grade novels out in the Netherlands, over 40 short stories, and a Little Golden Book. She has a YA book under contract with a US publisher.
Witteman won the 2019 San Francisco Writing Contest with an excerpt from her manuscript Passing Strange.
Her Dutch middle grade series tells the story of twelve-year-old Boreas, who circumnavigates the world with his parents on a sailboat. The first book, Boreas en de zeven zeeën (Boreas and the Seven Seas), 2015, received rave reviews, was longlisted for the Kinderjury, and elected core title for the 2019 Dutch National Children’s Book Week. Boreas en de duizend eilanden (Boreas and the Thousand Islands), 2016, was equally praised, just like the third book, Boreas en de vier windstreken (Boreas and the Four Winds), 2017. Book 4, Boreas en de vijftien vrienden (Boreas and the Fifteen Friends), 2018, is longlisted for the Jonge Jury Prijs, the annual Young Jury Award.
She debuted in 2005 with De wraak van Deedee (Deedee's Revenge), a middle grade novel with Van Goor Children's Books, followed by two more middle grade novels, before she switched to Ploegsma Children's Books.
Witteman has over 40 short stories published in magazines and anthologies, most notably a series of 21 short stories for Bobo Magazine with the illustrations of the illustrious Fiep Westendorp. Witteman has a Dutch Little Golden Book to her name: Mia's Nest, 2014. The Spanish translation, El nido de Mia, 2016, was published by Panamericana.
Witteman is the Coordinator Children’s and YA Literature for the US of the Dutch Foundation for Literature. She is the Program Associate Children’s and YA Literature of the Bay Area Book Festival. She serves as the International Published Authors’ Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.
Witteman is a seasoned book editor and a certified teacher creative writing. She teaches and mentors published and pre-published writers alike. She was Chairman of the Working Group Children's Books of the Dutch Authors Guild and the Regional Advisor for SCBWI the Netherlands, in which capacity she was main architect and founding member of the successful SCBWI Europolitan Conferences. Witteman is member of the EU Planning Committee of the SCBWI British Isles' Undiscovered Voices Competition for unagented and unpublished writers and illustrators and a nominating body for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.
Witteman lives in Berkeley, California.