From Acorn to Oak

About the Faculty

Lola M. Schaefer is an author of children’s books and a national writing consultant. She travels across the country sharing her love of reading and writing in schools, at conferences, and at workshops. For the past thirty years, she has informed and inspired teachers and students on the craft of writing and the implementation of writing workshop.

Lola is the author of more than 275 books for children including picture books, easy readers, novelty books, classroom books and informational texts. Her picture books have received critical acclaim with such awards as: ALA Notable Children’s Book in LA, a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book, the Children’s Choice Book Award, NSTA Outstanding Trade Book for Children, the Zena Sutherland Award for Literature, an Orbis Pictus Award Recommended Book, and the Missouri Show Me Award. Many of Lola’s titles are now available in Russian, Swedish, French, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Turkish, and Spanish.

As a writing consultant, Lola has worked in hundreds of schools across the country. She shares effective classroom strategies on writing workshop, the craft of writing, and genre structures. Lola offers classroom demonstration lessons, as well as general presentations on craft mini- lessons and the art of writing.

Lola was a classroom teacher in grades K-7 for eighteen years, as well as a graduate-level college instructor, offering classes on writing in the elementary classroom. She received her B.S. in Education and her M.S. in Education from Indiana University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lola lives with her husband Ted in the mountains of north Georgia near the start of the Appalachian Trail.

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Note: Space is limited.

This is not a workshop for people who are beginning their journeys as picture book writers, but a collaborative effort for those writers who have completed at least 2-4 picture books. You can be published, or not. To apply for a spot in this intense coaching workshop, please submit the first 150 words of a completed picture book with a pitch of no more than 40 words.