Stuart Stotts is an award winning author. He mostly writes non-fiction for upper elementary/middle school aged readers. His books include
- The Bookcase Ghost: A Storyteller’s Collection of Wisconsin Ghost Stories (with Elizabeth Matson)
- Books in a Box: Lutie Stears and the Traveling Libraries of Wisconsin.
- Curly Lambeau: Building the Green Bay Packers
- We Shall Overcome: A Song that Changed the World.
- Lucius Fairchild: Civil War Hero
- Father Groppi: Civil Rights Leader
- Over the Rainbow: The Life and Rhymes of Yip Harburg
- What’s Cool About Music
Stuart conducts writing workshop and book readings for students. He’s been a featured presenter for young authors in Rice Lake, at the Wisconsin State Reading Association, for the Madison School District TAG writers program, for the Lakeshores Student Compilation celebration, and for individual schools around the Midwest.
His writing presentations focus on encouraging young authors through specific writing exercises, problem solving, group writing, modeling, and relating personal experience. He frequently holds book signings as part of these workshops. Stuart’s positive outlook and love of writing encourage young authors to take their own next steps in their development as creators of the written word.
Although writing workshops are tailored to meet school’s or organization’s specific needs, Stuart offers Keep the Pen Moving: How to Write Your Whole Life Long and The Hero’s Journey: How Ancient Stories Still Live in Us. The first is filled with writing exercises and discussion points. The second uses oral storytelling techniques as a starting point to create written stories that build on the the hero’s journey plot structure. Stuart can also incorporate songwriting into workshops, to help young writers focus on meter, rhyme, synthesis, and syntax.
In addition to his books, Stuart’s work has been published in a number of national periodicals, including the Christian Science Monitor, Pass It On!, Yes Magazine, Wisconsin Trails, and the Wisconsin Magazine of History.