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Barbara Santucci

Writing Shed

My writing shed is set in our backyard among the pine trees. Birds, deer, squirrels, and turkeys come to visit. I use my shed at different times of the day but early mornings are the best. I love to write picture books and middle grade novels.

writing angel

The shed is 12 ft x 12 ft. and during the winter my writing angel keeps me company while I write and we both stay cozy with a heater running. In the summer, I move my writing angel outside to enjoy the sunshine. I stay cool inside with the windows wide open and the breezes blowing through.

Inside the writing shed

I have a desk and chair and a comfortable couch inside where I spend many hours writing. I have a giant peg board that I use to pin up my novel chapters. And my picture book stories. It's fun to watch the sunset through my windows at night. Then I know it's time to stop for the day.


Barbara Santucci is a writer and artist in Rockford, Illinois. Barbara received an undergraduate degree from Loyola University and has studied art at Rockford College and Northern Illinois University. Later Barbara obtained a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children's and Young Adult from Vermont College. For eight years she taught elementary and preschool and also worked as a librarian. Her love for children's literature fueled her desire to write for children.
Barbara Santucci graduatation from the Vermont College Masters of Fine Arts in Writing for Children's and Young Adultsprogram (2006). 
Barbara Santucci
Barbara divides her time between writing, teaching, speaking at schools, painting, and exhibiting her work. In 2002, she was honored with the Leader in the Arts Award in Rockford, Illinois. She was chosen as one of fifty women Illinois artists to represent Illinois in the traveling millennium Show.

She has published numerous short stories, poems and crafts in many children's magazines including: Highlights, Brio, Focus on the Family, Pockets, The Guide, Poem Train, Teen Life, Teen Power, Listen, Young crusade, Junior Trails, and others.

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