Workshop offered for children’s book authors with focus on farming
HONESDALE, Pa. -- In a workshop titled “Writing Books About Agriculture: Beyond the Barnyard,” children’s book writers will hone their skills in writing and marketing articles and books about modern agriculture.
The Highlights Foundation will hold the workshop from January 24-27 near Honesdale, Pa.
Award-winning author Cris Peterson and Ag in the Classroom educator Kevin Daughterty will lead a 3-day writing workshop where participants will learn how to create accurate and fascinating nonfiction about farming, while being introduced to the large network of support available for putting books about farming into the hands of children.
Cris Peterson spends her days on a 2000-acre Wisconsin farm where she and her family milk 900 cows. In 2004, she was named National Dairy Woman of the Year at World Dairy Expo to honor her writing and her leadership in agriculture. Cris has written 10 books and numerous articles and features for magazines and newspapers, including Cricket, the Atlanta Constitution, the Chicago Tribune, the Dallas Morning News, and the Des Moines Register.
Kevin Daugherty was named the education director of the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2009. He directs the development of classroom resources for the County Farm Bureau, including Ag magazines, teacher newsletters, teacher resource guides, and the agintheclassroom.org website. Kevin was elected president of the USDA Agriculture in the Classroom Consortium for 2004. He also serves on the Governor-appointed Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education.
As the Common Core educational standards take effect in the coming years, there will be a tremendous emphasis on nonfiction books in the classroom. Providing real, science-based information on food and farming will be more important than ever. Learn how to create a proposal, discover what topics sell, and find the detailed facts that make a manuscript sparkle.
Writers can join Cris and Kevin for the workshop starting January 24 at The Barn, the Highlights Foundation conference center. An optional tour of the nearby Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press offices is also offered.
The Highlights Foundation is a public, not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the quality of children’s literature by helping authors and illustrators refine their craft. Learn more at www.highlightsfoundation.org or call Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192.