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Author overcomes disability

Lee Harstad

After growing up with dyslexia, Vickie Leigh Krudwig did not get a library card until she was 20. She started writing at 30. Now, as the author of many children’s books including “Cucumber Soup” and “Hiking Through Colorado History,” Krudwig is visiting Craig with a creative writing presentation geared toward area students.

“I want kids to see that writing is not just a report, but can encompass everything,” Krudwig said. “I want them to see that anyone and everyone can be an author.”

Krudwig will offer writing tips to students in grades two through six today. She believes the presentation will help children discover their own special abilities and unleash their creative genius during this motivating workshop. They will learn some tools of the trade, as they interact with other young writers and illustrators.

Each school in Craig had the opportunity to nominate five or six students to attend the presentation by Krudwig.

According to Ridgeview Elementary School third-grade teacher Susan Goodenow, Krudwig’s appearance will be seen by students who have shown an interest in writing.

About 25 students will participate in this event, funded through the Yampa Valley Legacy Grant.

The writing workshop will allow students to receive practical advice on how to write, illustrate and submit work to an editor. Young writers and illustrators will learn how to prepare and submit a professional looking manuscript or drawing. Students will also receive a resource packet to help them launch their own writing and illustrating career. According to Krudwig, there are magazines and publishing companies actively looking for young, talented writers and illustrators.

“A couple of kids have published nationally,” Krudwig said.

After the initial visit, Krudwig will return to Craig Wednesday to follow-up on the work of the children.

Krudwig was born and raised in Colorado Springs. Her work has been published worldwide and she is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Colorado Council of the International Reading Association and volunteers as an instructor for the Junior Writer’s Club at Barnes and Noble in Westminster, Colo., and with the Adams County Public Library System.


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