Write what you know,’ the saying goes. But in author Chris Barton’s Write What You’d Love to Learn presentation, based on his experiences with both playful picture books (including bestseller Shark vs. Train) and rigorously researched nonfiction (including 2020-21 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List book What Do You Do with a Voice Like That? The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan), he encourages young audiences to improve their own writing by giving the not-yet-known a try. Born and raised in Sulphur Springs and now a resident of Austin, Chris is the author of many other picture books, including both fiction (Fire Truck vs. Dragon, 88 Instruments, Mighty Truck) and nonfiction (The Day-Glo Brothers, Dazzle Ships, All of a Sudden and Forever, and Whoosh!). He’s shared Write What You’d Love to Learn with first graders in just 30 minutes, he’s delivered a full-day version to educators and librarians, and he’s adapted it for many ages and lengths in between. It can include an emphasis on (and many examples of) the importance of research, revision, or collaboration. His 3 to 4 sessions per day can also include writing workshops for both fiction and nonfiction. Photo by Heather Gallagher Photography.

Additional information



Contact name

Chris Barton

Contact address

PO Box 66104 Austin TX 78766

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Public performance

$750 – $3000

School performance

$1650 – $2250

Workshop fees

$1650 – $2250

Travel per diem lodging

$200 – $500




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, Schools

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle, Pre-K

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller

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