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Thank you for visiting my website. 

As an author, playwright, school and library visitor, and workshop leader, I keep busy.  I hope to share a bit of what I’ve been up to on these pages.

High on my list at the moment is the release of my latest picture book, CHICKEN STORY TIME, illustrated by Mark Fearing, and its nomination for the Kansas Reading Association’s 2018 Bill Martin Jr. Picture Book Award.  I had the great pleasure of meeting Mark (http://markfearing.com) for the first time when we presented a picture book workshop for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and visited Green Bean Books, West Linn Library, and area schools together, all in Portland, OR.

I’ve just finished attending performances of my stage adaptation of CHICKEN STORY TIME at Pollyanna Theatre in Austin, TX; Trike Theatre, Bentonville, Arkansas, and Eastern Michigan University, and am revising the script according to what I’ve learned.   Video recordings of all of those productions will soon be available on-line at the site I’ve founded and co-chair, American Theatre for the Very Young: A Digital Festival.  There you can view — for free — full productions from theaters all around the country.  Visit https://vimeopro.com/atvydigitalfestival/festival and enter the password TVYDIGFEST.  Enjoy!

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On the Eastern Michigan University campus.

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With illustrator Mark Fearing in Portland, OR.

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One of Mark’s hilarious illustrations.

I write books, mainly for young readers, and plays, mainly for young audiences. Preschool through high school.  I also write for adults and travel to schools, conferences, workshops, and theaters all over the country to share ideas and experiences, teach creative writing and marketing techniques, and develop new scripts.  Here in Lancaster, PA, I delight in working with the public schools and libraries, Millersville University, New Choices/New Beginnings Career Development, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and other organizations and colleagues to coordinate programs that encourage literacy and creativity. I consider myself very lucky to be able to do the work I love and meet so many bright, caring, talented folks along the way.

Please visit the pages listed in the sidebar to find out more about my books, plays, events, and presentations. Note that the drop-down menus under “Books I’ve Written” and “Published Plays” lead to only a small sample of my published work.  For the full list, hit the main “Books I’ve Written” or “Published Plays” button.

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Chicken meets Miss Karin, the Librarian, during the Pollyanna Theatre production of CHICKEN STORY TIME, Long Center, Austin, TX.

This website is and always will be a work in progress.  Comments, questions, and suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S.  The “hoppy” photo was taken during a visit with the K-3 students of Bainbridge Elementary School, Elizabethtown, PA, by PTO president Kelly Batche.

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