Writing Books About Agriculture: Beyond the Barnyard< Return to Workshops January 24 – January 27, 2013
Cris’s writing career began when she gave mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a newborn calf and knew she had a good story. The calf, Breathless, lived, and the story was published in Highlights for Children. Since then, she has written ten award-winning books for children.
Kevin came to the Illinois Farm Bureau in 2000, following ten years as a classroom teacher and working as a marketing and implementation specialist for an educational materials publishing company. He holds a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Illinois and a master’s in technology with focus on human resources and training from Eastern Illinois University.
Peggy is the author of 19 award-winning children’s nonfiction and picture books including For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson, and Farmer George Plants a Nation. A frequent speaker in schools and libraries, she’s also the co-author of Anatomy of Nonfiction, the only writing guide for children’s nonfiction.
Remember the children’s song, “Old McDonald Had a Farm, E-I-E-I-O?” Children’s author and dairy farmer Cris Peterson feels like screaming that refrain instead of singing it when modern farmers are characterized as hayseeds caught in a 70-year-old time warp. They are pretty cute milking cows by hand and plowing fields with a horse. That’s not who’s producing America’s food, but you wouldn’t know it by reading most children’s books on farming. In this workshop, Cris, along with nationally renowned Ag in the Classroom educator Kevin Daugherty will walk you through the process of creating accurate, fascinating nonfiction on farming and introduce you to the large network of support available for putting books about farming into the hands of children.
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 accurate, science-based information on food and farming will be more important than ever. Learn how to create a proposal, discover what topics will sell, and find the detailed facts that make a manuscript sparkle.
Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 24 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press ;ends on Sunday, January 27, after lunch.
Event Cost: $1250