What do wet newspapers, cardboard, manure, and peat moss have to do with writing?
Children’s author Peggy King Anderson knows. And she enjoys spilling the secret.
“Just as layering yucky-sounding ingredients can produce a nutritious soil for growing wonderful gardens,” Peggy explains, “so also authors can layer their life experiences in order to write exciting and hopeful stories for kids.”
Peggy has had plenty of experience in turning personal mulch into marketable writing for children’s magazines. Her story, “The Long March,” about the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death (forced Indian removal to the West) appeared in Highlights for Children. “Scaredy Cat,” a story dealing with children’s fears in the aftermath of 9/11, appears on the website of Pockets magazine, a publication for which she writes regularly.
At the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, Peggy will teach a workshop on writing for children:
The Lasagna Garden: How to Grow Hopeful Stories for Kids
Peat moss and cardboard, wet newspapers and manure. Sounds yucky, but layer it all and you have a lasagna garden that can grow something yummy. In this workshop, you’ll learn three fun ways to turn the layers of your life into exciting and hopeful stories for kids.
Peggy has just agreed to write a new monthly series, which will run from 2016 to 2018, for Pockets magazine. “It’s exciting to brainstorm this new series and start on the stories,” she says. “It’s also a great opportunity for me to use all those lasagna garden layers!”
Books she has authored include First Day Blues, Safe at Home, Coming Home, and A Horse’s Tale. Books she contributed to include Princess Natoree and the Tree Climber, and The Blood Jewel. The Fall of the Red Star (with Helen Szablya) was published in Hungarian as A Vörös Csillag Lehull and was featured on Children’s Book TV.
For more than twenty years, Peggy has taught creative writing in community colleges and at writers conferences. As a contract instructor, she also teaches creative writing to students in kindergarten through high school.
Writers attending Peggy’s workshops find her natural enthusiasm so infectious that they sometimes call her a cheerleader. “That’s not all bad!” she responds with her trademark grin.
You can catch that same infectious enthusiasm by signing up today for the 2015 Northwest Christian Writers Renewal, May 15–16.
Diana Savage, a graduate of Northwest University and Bakke Graduate University, sold her first article when she was still in college, and she’s been writing ever since. Now the principal at Savage Creative Services, LLC, she is also director of the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal conference. Her latest book is 52 Heart Lifters for Difficult Times.