A Writer's Life

Writing for Children

In an event scheduled by a creative writing class, I am sharing my children’s books at the McConnell Arts Center in the presentation “Writing for Children”. I shared my Sprite press books as examples for topics and guidelines for writing for children. I am showing the craft included in the book Canneh the Reluctant Camel  who acts like a human and learns a lesson. I stressed writing universal themes into children’s stories.


Presenting "Writing for Children"
at the
McConnell Arts Center.

Columbus Arts Festival

I have always written poetry. Presenting at the Columbus Arts Festival was a thrill! My work was being heard. In early winter, I saw the call online for submissions. After sending samples of my poetry, I received acceptance and a time for auditioning. I was surprised at the number of applicants and the variety of works. I was sure I would not be accepted after reading my poems after a performance poet! Later I received a congratulatory letter stating my reading time at the festival. I presented my work with family and friends in the audience and was accepted to read for three festivals!


Reading Poetry at Columbus Arts Festival

Peg and Rebecca

Rebecca Tutcher is a high school senior who plans to be a writer/editor. She is a student in the Empowering Young Women to Aspire and Achieve Program. I am mentoring her through 40 hours of the process of writing and publication. Rebecca has read and discussed additions and corrections to the galley of my upcoming book.  We have written and shared from the same prompts, discussed short stories and poetry, and designed promotional materials. She is scheduled to attend the Ohio Writer’s Guild, a book signing and a book club meeting to experience the many sides of a writer’s life. She will “display” her mentorship in May.


Peg and her mentee Rebecca Tutcher

Columbus Metropolitan Library

In the three years I published with Sprite Press, I was invited to the Ohioana Library to present my books. Each year the Ohio library honors authors who have published books in that year. Each author is given time to talk about his/her work and the opportunity to sell the book. Recent events have been held at the Ohioana Library. In my Home page photo I am signing my book, Seeing Stars.


Presenting her book Canneh at Central Ohio
Author's Reception at Columbus Metropolitan Library

Groveport Town Hall

Along with several Ohio authors, I presented my published books and the Prologue to my manuscript WHILE… This was a great way to create interest in my upcoming book. We discussed our books and the process of writing with the audience. A mediator led the discussions and our books were available for sale. From positive feedback, I plan to be a part of more Author Forums in the Columbus area.


Introducing WHILE … at Groveport Town Hall

Westerille Elementary School

As a former teacher, I am always happy to be back in the classroom. At a chance meeting of a teacher friend at a Columbus Symphony concert, I received an invitation to read at a Westerville elementary school. I spoke to one class, then all the 2nd and 3rd graders. I made a point of mentioning that the illustrator was a 12 yr. old. That brought many questions about writing. I was teaching again! I have since presented in many classrooms after contacting school librarians.


Wearing a blue cap while reading
her book Tricia to a class

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