Peggy J. Shaw is a journalist, PR specialist, and literary author/editor. A former senior editor for Dalmatian Press, Intervisual Books, and Piggy Toes Press, she holds a B.A. in English from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in mass communications from the University of Florida, where she was named the Outstanding Graduate Scholar and awarded a Poynter Institute Fellowship.

Shaw began her career as a newspaper reporter, working for such dailies as The St. Petersburg Times and The Tennessean. She was a features editor for Southern Living Inc. and did public relations for the College of William & Mary and Vanderbilt University.

Her work has appeared in such diverse publications as Columbia Journalism Review, Southern Accents, Creative Ideas for Living, the national Sea Grant magazine, and Florida Trend—as well as Sesame Workshop and Disney books, lifestyle publications from Oxmoor House, and interactives from Intervisual Books and Piggy Toes Press.

P.J. Shaw has two children in college and lives in Decatur, GA., with her "wild, wild Westies." 



Professional Memberships

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)  

 SCBWI Southern Breeze  
 Published & Listed
 Authors’ Board

 Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta Communications Committee 

Atlanta Writers & Friends

Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society


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Recognition & Awards

  • Poynter Institute Fellow, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Outstanding Graduate Scholar, University of Florida
  • CASE Award of Excellence for writing and editing, William & Mary News
  • Virginia Press Women color brochure awards
  • Recognition for Richmond News Leader story on deadly nuclear power plant explosion
  • Tennessean spot news writing award
  • My Friend’s House “Shining Star” community service award, Franklin, TN
  • Wrote Tennessean columns igniting campaign to raise funds for local boys' home, My Friend’s House
  • Planned and ran successful backpack drive for underprivileged children in Williamson County, TN   


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The Tennessean             My Friends House

        Virginia Press Women      William and Mary College




Blessing of the Animals 2008                                     Illustration by Dana Hall       

Enjoying Southern Breeze events for writers & illustrators...


                                                    Book Illustrators' Showcase 2008                                                   
 Authors Donna Bowman, P.J. Shaw, and Jo Kittinger 



                     Spring Conference 2008                                                Fall Conference 2007 P.J. & Donna              
Donna Bowman, P.J., Jo Kittinger,                                                                                                       
Robyn Hood Black                                                                                           

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