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Lisa Crayton

Desert Nights, Rising Stars Fellow 2020

About Lisa Crayton

Lisa A. Crayton specializes in writing nonfiction and writes material for adults, children and teens. A former corporate publication editor, she is an author, children’s book author (14) and co-author (6), award-winning freelance writer, and freelance editor and ghostwriter whose clients include authors and publishers. Her upcoming children’s books include: Wangari Maathai: Get to Know the Woman Who Planted Trees to Bring Change. Her recent YA titles include: Beating Bullying as a Teen with a Disability, Everything You Need to Know About Cultural Appropriation, and Everything You Need to Know About Confronting Racist Behavior.

A popular conference speaker, she has years of experience mentoring writers and has taught writing webinars online, and writing workshops in CA, CO, IL, MD, NC, NJ, PA, TX, VA, and Ontario, Canada. She earned her MFA from National University, and a dual degree in public relations and journalism (cum laude) from Utica College. Her professional memberships include the American Society of Journalists & Authors, and the Society of Children Book Writers & Illustrators. Visit her at

Find Conference Sessions with Lisa Crayton

Tell the Truth: Writing Nonfiction for Kids
Lisa Crayton

Friday, February 21, 2020, 1:45 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Location: Basha, Old Main
Type: Presentation
Genre: Business of Writing, Children's Books, Creative Nonfiction, Marketing, Memoir, Middle Grade, Publishing, Young Adult Literature

Fiction is not the only literary kid on the block. Rather, children and teens need—and want—nonfiction material too. And thanks to curriculum standards, opportunities abound for writing nonfiction for them. Discover keys to unlocking success in a genre with increasing market and income opportunities. This session will cover idea generation to publication, including market needs, pitching tips, and current opportunities (including social media pitch contests). We will spotlight writing for magazines, and writing books for trade and educational publishers.