Author to share writing secret


Shutta Crum writes books for children and poetry for adults. She’s also an acclaimed storyteller, retired librarian and teacher. She knows what successful books for all ages should include and will share it in her presentation, “The Four Hs: What Every Book for the Young (and Old) Must Have,” at the Ponte Vedra Writers group meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Shutta (pronounced Shut-Uh) comes from a long line of Kentucky storytellers and uses her skills to not only win awards and delight audiences — including being invited to participate in the 2005 White House Easter Egg Roll — but as an educator. In her talk to the Ponte Vedra Writers group, she’ll discuss the importance of including these key elements — the Four Hs, which are Heart, Hurt, Hope and Humor.

“Whether you are writing wordless books or door-stopper volumes for young adult/new adult readers, these concepts are core concerns.” said Shutta.

Using a wide variety of examples for readers of all ages, she'll illustrate how successful writers weave these elements into their stories. 

The Ponte Vedra Writers group is part of the Florida Writers Association, a statewide, membership organization dedicated to the support of both aspiring and published writers in any genre.

The Feb. 24 meeting is free and open to members and nonmembers alike. For information on FWA, go to