Leslie E. Owen is an experienced Literary Agent and Copy Editor. She began her publishing career in New York as an editorial assistant with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1981, after graduating with degrees in Creative Writing and English Literature from the University of Arizona in 1980.
She has held positions as Literary Agent, Director of Foreign Rights, International Publishing Representative, and Acquisitions Editor in New York and Vancouver, British Columbia.
Leslie's extensive and varied career also includes freelance reading for Four Winds Press and working as a Movie Scout for Nevelco.
She has written articles and reviewed for Publishers Weekly, The Horn Book, the SCBWI Newsletter, and the Greensboro (NC) News & Record.
Leslie's recent works have been published in Zoetrope and Jewish Monthly, and her children's science book, Pacific Tree Frogs, was published in 2003 by Tradewind Books in Vancouver, London, and Sydney. The book earned a top-ten-pick rating in Canada. In 2004, Pacific Tree Frogs was published in the U.S. by Crocodile Books.
Leslie has taught workshops as an agent and writer for SCBWI (Hofstra Universty), the North Carolina Writers Network (Wildacres and Beaufort, NC) and the Burnaby Writers Group (Simon Fraser University), sharing her expertise and igniting passions that will fuel future literary works.
Wanting to share her own passion for creative writing, Leslie has also taught creative writing courses and seminars in the field of children's publishing at Duke University, Guilford Technical College, Greensboro College in North Carolina, and Capilano College and Langara Community College in Vancouver, BC.
She has appeared as a panelist for the Mystery Writers of America and is a current member of SCBWI and Sisters-in-Crime.