Hello, I’m Peggy J. Shaw
I write and edit stories for children and adults in Georgia, where Margaret Mitchell penned “that book” about the Civil War, Pulitzer Prize-winner Eugene Patterson wrote editorials about the Civil Rights Movement, and former President Jimmy Carter composes histories, memoirs, and even poetry to this day. Storyteller Carmen Agra Deedy dreams up classics like The Library Dragon here, Lynn Cullen spins historical fiction like Twain’s End, and Vicki Alvear Schecter thrills young readers with books like Cleopatra’s Moon, set in ancient times.
Not bad company.
If you’re searching for someone who loves hanging out in bookshops, can’t resist peeking at the new picture books in Decatur, Georgia’s Little Shop of Stories (one of the best bookstores in the South!), attends book fests, and reads favorite books again and again, I’m here to give you a hand.
A longtime writer and editor, I’ve worked with Sesame Workshop and Disney, Dalmatian Press, Piggy Toes Press, and Intervisual Books. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), I’ve participated in the Savannah Children’s Book Festival and Decatur Book Festival (the largest independent book festival in the country), made author visits and lead workshops, and taught Writing for Young Children at Emory University’s Continuing Education program.
I love helping writers of all ages to bring their manuscripts or book ideas to life.
Wren Cottage Writing & Editing
P. J. Shaw is the author/editor of some 50 books, a professional journalist, and public relations specialist.
Genres for children and adults include:
- board books
- captioned coloring books
- chapter books
- early & middle-grade readers
- historical fiction
- picture books/rhyme & prose
- parenting guides
- pop-ups & interactive books
- self-help books
- spiritual books
- young adult titles
Sesame Street: The Storybook ABCs
Sesame Street: What Makes You Giggle
Sesame Street: Abby Cadabby's Rhyme Time
ABCs of Cookies
Voices: Reflections on an American Icon Through Words and Song
"By words the mind is winged."—Aristophanes
Special thanks to artist Camille Engel for Carolina Wren images
from her oil paintings.