Debra Shirley
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Debra is the Director of after school and summer arts programming at two elementary schools in Arvada, Colorado.  She writes poetry, fiction, children's books and plays and has poetry in The Cortland Review, Margie Review: The American Journal of Poetry and her short play, A Case of Good Scents was included in the Playwright's Festival of the Western Region. Debra earned a BFA in professional acting from East Carolina University.

Member Colorado Poets Association

Member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators


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Available March 2008

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"Shirley celebrates friendship and helps dispel many misconceptions about life in a wheelchair. "

-Kirkus Reviews

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Writer's Essential Toolkit  

Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities

September 29th - October 27th

Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

If you have ever wanted to write a children’s book or have one started, join us for this practical and informative class. Debra Shirley, author of Best Friend on Wheels, shares the tips and tricks she has learned along her publishing journey. From mining for book ideas to receiving your first book contract, this class gives you an overview of the children’s book writing and publishing process, as well as specifics such as understanding children’s book genres, researching the children’s market, query letters and manuscript submissions. Each class includes writing exercises with weekly assignments to get your creative writing juices flowing. Jumpstart your own project with creativity sparkers and constructive critique offered in a friendly, nurturing atmosphere. Beginners welcome. Supply list: Bring writing materials (paper and pen).

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Author Visits

       Schools, PTA's, Writer's Groups        

  Storytelling, Writer's Workshops, Poetry Workshops  and Publishing Workshops

Debra is a professonally trained actress/storyteller with more than twenty years of performing experience.

Each author visit includes a pre-consultation to determine your  specific curriculum needs.

Call or email for current fee schedule