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Author and editor offer workshop on writing for inspirational markets

HONESDALE, Pa. — World peace, hope, morality, God, ethics, love: All subjects that have challenged the minds of great thinkers throughout history. Like adults, children and young adults grapple with such topics as well. This spring, Paula Morrow, former editor at Cricket Magazine Group, and Kristi Holl, author of more than 40 books for young readers and children’s writers, share their knowledge and experience about writing for the religious, inspirational and Christian markets.

Offered as part of a series of workshops and retreats by the Highlights Foundation, “Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets” covers a wide range of religious, spiritual, Christian, inspirational and crossover writing. Morrow and Holl focus on writing strong characters who are believable and multifaceted, yet flawed enough for kids to identify with; infusing tension into characters, plot, settings and dialogue; exploring inspirational market guides and books especially for inspirational writers; and more.

Located near the Delaware River in northeast Pennsylvania, the Highlights Foundation has been offering writers for young readers conferences, workshops and retreats for 30 years. “Sharing Our Hope: Writing for Religious and Inspirational Markets” will be held at The Barn, the Highlights Foundation conference center, from March 27 to March 30.

Morrow, the long-time editor of children’s books and magazines at Cricket Magazine Group and Cricket Books, currently has an independent editing service. She has served as a book reviewer for the national Church and Synagogue Library Association, advisory board member for The Little Christian magazine, and has been a voting member on a number of awards committees, including the Newbery.

“Writers can touch a child’s spirit through words we write,” said Morrow. “We can inspire and help and encourage them.”

Holl is a Children’s Choice Award-winning author and has written 42 books for children, and much more. She taught writing for children and teens for the Institute of Children’s Literature for 25 years. She is the author of two books for writers: “Writer’s First Aid” and “More Writer’s First Aid.”

“One of the best things writers can give children through their writing is a sense of hope,” said Holl.

For more information about the “Sharing Our Hope” workshop and other programs, contact Jo Lloyd toll-free at (877) 512-8365 or email her at jo.lloyd@highlightsfoundation.org.

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