Nancy Butts

PO Box 193 • Barnesville, GA 30204 •

Writer, editor, teacher, and speaker with diverse professional background. Experience researching, writing, and editing everything from books, both fiction and nonfiction, to scientific/technical news releases, instructional manuals, and journalistic articles.

Publication credits

Books ♦

Adult non-fiction:

Spontaneous Combustion: A Writer’s Primer for Creative Revival, CreateSpace/Deunamos Press, April 2013.


Editor on anthology entitled Write it Right! How Successful Children’s Authors Revise and Sell Their Stories, by Sandy Asher.  Published by The Writer’s Institute, Fall 2009.

Assistant editor to Pam Kelly on revision of 500-page student manual for the graduate-level book course offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature, 2005.

Trade fiction:

Cheshire Moon, Front Street Books, 1996. Young adult novel. Kansas Reading Circle nominee, 1997.

The Door in the Lake, Front Street Books, 1998. Young adult novel. Scholastic Book Club selection, American Library Association Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 1999, British paperback reprint. Nominated for 2002 Maud Hart Lovelace children’s book award in Minnesota, 2002 Connecticut Nutmeg Children’s Book Award, 2001 Oklahoma Sequoyah Young Adult Book Award, and 2001 Florida Children’s Choice Book Award. CBCC Choices selection for  University of Wisconsin’s School of Education in 1998.


Nature’s Numbers, Pearson Learning Group, 2008. Nonfiction mathematics book for fifth graders on the Fibonacci sequence. Part of the iOpeners Math series.

Pollinating Plants, Pearson Learning Group, 2008. Nonfiction science book for third graders on the pollination syndrome. Part of the QuickReads Library series for struggling readers.

Kate Shelley: A Quiet Hero, Pearson Learning Group, 2008. Historical fiction book for third graders, based on the true story of an Irish-American teen who saved more than 200 lives during a flood in Iowa on the Chicago and Northern Railroad. Part of the Paired Reading series.

Lost in Time with Lewis and Clark, Pearson Learning Group, 2008. Historical science fiction book for third graders, based on the expedition journals of Lewis and Clark. Part of the Paired Reading series.

Speaking in Signs, Pearson Learning Group, 2008.  Nonfiction book about American Sign Language for third graders. Part of the Paired Reading series.

Infinity and Beyond!, Creative Curriculum Initiatives for Houghton Mifflin, 2008. Nonfiction book about space for eighth graders.

Twenty-one model student essays for grades six through twelve, Pearson Learning for Prentice-Hall, National and Texas Interactive Writing Coach series, March 2011.

Eight DRA assessment passages for grades four through six, Tighe Publishing Service for Pearson Learning, April 2010.

Forty-two chapter intros for a Prentice-Hall series of grammar texts in grades six through twelve via Pearson Learning, February 2009.

Two workbooks for ELL students in California, Tighe Publishing Service for Scholastic, 2008. Both workbooks were responses to published American literature, one aimed at grades three through five, and one aimed at grades six through eight.

Eight faux student essays for the Great Gooks/Great Readers program at Pearson Learning Group, March 2008.

Instructional projects and speaking engagements

Gave the keynote address at the May 2009 conference of the Michigan SCBWI  at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and led a daylong novel workshop for ten participants.

Led training workshops for new instructors at the Institute of Children’s Literature in June 2003, April 2004, April 2005, October 2005, and May 2006.

Recent articles

“Finding the Funny Bone,” July 2006 issue of Children’s Writer. Article on writing humor for children.

“The Last Word: How to Bring Your Story to a Satisfying Close.” Instructional article on writing story endings for the Institute of Children’s Literature that was first published in August 2006.

…And eleven years of newspaper and freelance articles while I was on staff at the Barnesville Herald-Gazette as reporter and later news editor. I averaged approximately five articles per week


1977 Duke University, AB religion.

Magna cum laude, with distinction in religion. Senior honors thesis on corporate ethics.  Minor in Russian.

1979-1980 Gordon College

Various science courses in preparation for admission to physician’s associate program.

1981-82 Emory University School of Medicine

Physician’s associate program

Other employment history

Instructor, Institute of Children’s Literature, 2001 to present

Work with students as they progress through two writing courses, one in which they complete a book manuscript. Students are eligible to receive six hours college credit through the University of Connecticut. Also led semi-annual training workshops for new instructors.

Reporter/news editor, Barnesville Herald-Gazette, 1982-1993

Researched and wrote and average of five stories per week at this newspaper. Won four statewide awards: one for education reporting, one for features, and two for news writing.


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