Nancy Ruth Patterson

Nancy Ruth Patterson

Nancy Ruth Patterson’s five novels for children have been honored on Master Reading Lists in 10 states, and three have been adapted and performed for the professional stage. Upon retiring after 33 years as a teacher and administrator with Roanoke City Schools, she joined the adjunct faculty of the University of Virginia, teaching graduate courses in literature for children and young adults as well as memoir writing. She has spoken at more than 500 national conferences and workshops and has written numerous articles on the craft of writing. At her 2002 induction into the Virginia High School League’s Hall of Fame, Patterson was cited as “one of the most sought-after writing teachers in the country.”

One of the most sought-after writing teachers in the country.

She says she considers her Hollins graduate students to be among the next generation of great writers for young readers and would love her class to be a footnote on that journey.

Areas of Expertise

  • Writing Chapter Books
  • Writing Creative Nonfiction
  • Writing Memoir
  • Writing Fiction
  • Adapting and Writing Children's Plays

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Creative Writing Tutorial
  • Role of Animals in Children's Literature
  • Craft of Writing for Children
  • Award-winning Books for Children
  • Independent Studies in Drafting a Novel for Children

Education

  • M.A.T., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publications & Articles

  • Ellie Ever, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • The Winner's Walk, Farrar, Straus & Giroux
  • A Simple Gift, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, A Junior Library Guild Book (also adapted and performed professionally as a play)
  • The Shiniest Rock of All, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, (also adapted and performed professionally as a play)
  • The Christmas Cup, Orchard Books, (also adapted and performed professionally as a play)

Accomplishments

  • My novels for children have been honored on Master Reading Lists in 10 states.
  • Columbia University Scholastic Press Association’s Gold Key Award
  • Journalism Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Roanoke, Virginia’s Citizen of the Year in 2006

Research Interests

  • Writing Children’s Plays
  • Publishing Law