She was born in 1962 in Ankara. She graduated from the Dentistry Faculty in Ege University in 1984. She started writing early in her teens and continued to pen many-an-amateur stories for twenty years before she quit her private practice to pursue her calling as an author.

Today, she is one of the most renowned contemporary Turkish authors who have written over one hundred children’s, young adult and adult books. Her works vary in many genres such as children’s novels, poems, short stories, fairy tales, radio plays and theatre scripts and she writes for both children and adult. However her primary audience is children and she has devoted her life to children’s literature.

Besides writing, she has worked as an editor for many children’s and young adult books. She writes book reviews and articles in the children’s section of the literature supplement of Cumhuriyet newspaper. She also produced and hosted two radio programmes titled “Sounds in our Hearts” and “Book Worm”.

Her short stories, fairy tales and poems appear in school text books.

The plays she wrote “Purple Night, Blue Day” and “Red Umbrella” have been put on stage by Ankara State Theatre and Istanbul State Theatre respectively. She has also written radio plays. Her play “Little Girls Little Boys” represented Turkey in International Theatre Festival and was put on stage in India.

Yener does workshops on children’s literature, attends symposiums on children’s literature all around the world and gives lectures at universities. She also represented Turkey in Tiran and Split at Literature in Flux, an annual organization aiming to connect literary centers of Europe, in 2012.

Her literary works have been translated into a number of languages.

She is a member of P.E.N.

She works on braille books for blind children.

Various papers, M.A. and PH.D. thesis were written on her. Some of the thesis on her books that were written and presented are:


Aydemir, Sultan. “A Research on the Works of Mavisel Yener as a Children’s Literature Author.” (Çocuk Edebiyatı Yazarı olarak Mavisel Yener’in Eserleri Üzerine Bir Araştırma) Dokuz Eylül University, Language and Literature Teaching Master’s Thesis: İzmir, 2010.

Cesur, Enise. “What are the Messages in Mavisel Yener’s Children’s Stories?” (Mavisel Yener’in Çocuk Öykülerinde İletiler Nelerdir?) Aydın University Master’s Thesis: İstanbul, 2015.

Durmuş, Gülşah. “A Linguistic Research on Mavisel Yener’s ‘Dilatory’ Short Story.” (Mavisel Yener’in ‘Üşengeç’ Öyküsü Üzerine Dilbilimsel Bir İnceleme) İnönü University Turkish Language Teaching Department: Malatya, 2015.

Küçükavşar, Aslıhan. “Universal Values in Mavisel Yener’s Books.” (Mavisel Yener’in Kitaplarında Evrensel Değerler) Kafkas University Children’s Literature Symposium Paper: Azerbaijani - Baku, 2008.

Yeniçeri, Yunus. “The Characters in Mavisel Yener’s Detectives of the Full Moon.” (Mavisel Yener’in Dolunay Dedektifleri Kitabında Yer Alan Karakterler) Erzincan University Social Sciences Institute: Erzincan, 2013.


She won her first award when she was just sixteen. Later in years as her work thrived, she has won many acclaimed awards and recognitions: Yaşar Culture and Education Foundation Writing Award (1978), Yeni Asır Newspaper – Columnists Among Us Award (1998), TÖMER Mother Tongue Story Competition Award (1999), TÖMER Mother Tongue Stories to the Year 2000 Competition Award (2000), Bu Publishing House – Children’s Humorous Stories Award (2001), Samim Kocagöz Short Story Award First Place (2002), Ömer Seyfettin Short Story Award First Prize (2002), BU Publishing House – Children’s Novel Award First Place (2002), TUDEM Publishing House – Children’s Novel Award First Place (2003), ÇGYD Awards Best Children’s Poetry Award (2004), Laborers’ Stories Award (2005), ÇGYD Design Award (2008), ÇGYD Awards Last 15 Years (Between 1994 and 2008) Best Children’s Poetry Book Special Prize (2009), Çamlaraltı College – Authors Who Support Republic With Their Works (2001), Kosovo 2013’s Best Children’s Author Award (2013), Scholastic Picture Book Award 2017- Short List "The Flying Grandpa" (2017). Most recently she has been honored by being nominated for 2018 Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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