Writing Teacher and Author, Darcy Pattison
My dad was a Japanese prisoner of war for three years. He came home from World War II, got married, had eight children and a long happy life. But growing up, his military career was always part of my Dad’s life. He talked about the POW experience more than most: eating snakes and rats to survive, suffering through beri beri and malnutrition, man’s cruelty to man. His military training was evident in the way he made beds (tight sheets), avoided boiled eggs (the only food prisoners had on the voyage from the Phillipines to Japan) and his penchant for using towels until they literally rotted away. This story about a military family missing their deployed husband and father never happened in my life, but I ‘ve always had sympathy for the families who give considerable chunks of time–months and years–to serve our country. This is for all the men and women who faithfully served in any of the military branches. But especially for those with children.
Darcy Pattison is an Arkansas children’s book author and writing teacher. In 1999, she created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she now teaches across the nation. Translated into eight languages, her picture books and middle grade novel (listed below), have been recognized for excellence by starred reviews, Book of the Year awards, state award lists and more. She is the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature.
- Prairie Storms(Sylvan Dell Publishers, 2011). A year of storms for the prairie animals.
- The Scary Slopes(My First Graphic Novel series, Stone Arch Books, 2011). Snowboarding fun in a simple graphic novel format.
- 19 Girls and Me (Philomel, 2006), a picture book, illustrated by Steven Salerno, about friendship in a kindergarten class with nineteen girls and one lone boy. Translated into Chinese (Commonwealth Magazine Co./Taiwan), Arabic (Dar El Shorouk/Egypt) and German. Reviewed in Kirkus, PW, SLJ. Children’s Book of the Month Club selection.
- Searching for Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt, 2005), a picture book illustrated by Joe Cepeda. When Oliver is missing for sixty days, his friends send Imogene Poplar, P.I.–a wooden woman–to find him. Reviewed in Kirkus, PW, BCCB, SLJ, Booklist. 2007-8 Arkansas Diamond Award Reading list.
- The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman (Harcourt Inc., 2003), a picture book illustrated by Joe Cepeda . A wooden man travels across the United States to connect a family. Reviewed in PW, SLJ, Booklist, and Horn Book. *Starred reviews in Kirkus and BCCB. Autumn 2003 Children’s Booksense 76. Child magazine Best Books of the Year 2003. Nick Jr. Family Magazine Best Books of the Year 2003. CCBC Choices 2004 list. Irma S. and James H. Black Picture Book Award Honor Book. Nutmeg Media Children’s Picture Books on Video, June 2005; 2006 ALA Notable Video.
- The Wayfinder (paperback) (Mims House, 2011) or Kindle version, a middle-grade fantasy novel. Winchal Eldras goes on a quest for healing both for himself and for his land. It has been reviewed in SLJ, Booklist, BCCB, Horn Book, VOYA and Locus Magazine. Translated into Spanish, El buscador de camino, (Groupo Editorial Norma, www.norma.com)
- The River Dragon (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1991), a picture book illustrated by Jean and Mou-sien Tseng. Translated into Swedish, Danish and Norwegian.
- Desert Baths (Sylvan Dell Publishers, 2012). A day full of desert baths.
- Paper Lightning: Sparking Student Brainstorming for Effective Pre-writing (Prufrock Press, 2008).A teacher-resource book about brainstorming and pre-writing.
- Novel Metamorphosis: Uncommon Ways to Revise (Mims House, 2008). This is the workbook to the popular Darcy Pattison Novel Revision Retreat.
- How to Write a Children’s Picture Book: Tips and Tricks for Writing Illustrated Picture Books for Kids Read the post on this ebook.
Darcy has written non-fiction for children for Highlights Magazine, Kids Wall Street News and fiction for Clubhouse Magazine. She written about writing for Writer’s Digest, SCBWI Bulletin, Children’s Writers & Illustrators Market 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003, Children’s Writer, and Children’s Book Insider. Darcy served as Arkansas Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrators (SCBWI) from 1991-96. From 1991-2004, she served as Director of the AR – SCBWI “Writing & Illustrating for Children Conference.” For six years, she was the Children’s Book Reviewer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. In 1999, Darcy created the Novel Revision Retreat, which she teaches nationwide. She taught writing at the University of Central Arkansas for six years. She is a member of the Author’s Guild. In 2007, Darcy was named the recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Art Award for Individual Artist.