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Speaker Profile - Lisa Crayton

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Region: Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia
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LISA A. CRAYTON, the co-RA of SCBWI's MD/DE/WV Region, is an expert in the area of nonfiction writing and boasts a diverse communications background that spans nearly three decades. Her experience encompasses corporate publication management; writing books, articles, fillers, bible study guides and other material; freelance editing; ghost writing; e-magazine publishing; and mentoring writers. In other endeavors, she has served as fiction judge for the renowned Christian Book Awards, taught workshops at conferences, and has years of ministry experience. More specifically:

CHILDREN’S BOOK AUTHOR. Crayton is the author of 17 nonfiction children's books. Her recent titles, both released in 2022, are Bubba Wallace Stock Car Racing Star, and Cathay Williams Buffalo Solider. Her topics include biographies, guidance topics, African American history, and literary criticism.  She has also served as a contributing author for several other nonfiction books, including as the co-author of six children’s nonfiction books on financial literacy/economic topics (2016).

FREELANCE EDITOR. A former corporate editor and writer for multi-million dollar companies, Crayton is a freelance editor, working with a variety of clients, including publishers for which she provides developmental editing, collaborative writing, and sensitivity reading services. For more than five years, Crayton also published Spirit-Led Writer, an online publication twice named by Writer’s Digest as one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers.”

WRITING MENTOR. For more than 10 years, she served as a mentor with the Jerry B. Christian Writers Guild and mentored beginning and intermediate nonfiction students.

PUBLIC SPEAKER. Crayton teaches workshops and continuing sessions at writers’ conferences across the country, and has also served on faculty of a Canadian event.  She has also taught at other events.

EDUCATION. Crayton earned her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from National University (2012). She earned her Bachelor of Arts, dual degree, cum laude, in Public Relations and Journalism from Utica College of Syracuse University (1985). In December 2014, she completed Regent University’s Digital Media certification program.