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The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow Awards Words of Wonder Fellowship to Pamela Morgan

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow (WCDH) is pleased to announce a winner of the 2022 “Words of Wonder” fellowship, which is awarded to a writer working on a picture book for children that tells an engaging, relatable story. Pamela Morgan was selected by a panel of judges from 30 applicants for her writing project’s insight, honesty, literary merit, and the likelihood of publication.

Pamela Morgan is an author and emerging playwright who originates from the south side of Chicago. Her work often explores themes of gender, neurodiversity, and social justice and her plays have been produced across the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. In 2022, Pamela was honored to be named a finalist for the Judith Royer Excellence in Playwriting, a winner of the Kennedy Center Region 3 Full-Length Play Award, and the Grand Prize Winner of the Emerging Playwright Award by Renaissance Theatre / Theatre 166 for her play, Gloria Mundi. Her publications include Hungry, Straight and Perfect (Smith & Kraus), Shapes In the Clouds (220 Publishing), Mostly Me (The HerStories Project Press), All Kids Lie, and Love is a Battlefield (Chicago Story Press Inc.). Pamela currently attends Augsburg University pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing.

As the parent of two unique human beings, Pamela Morgan aims to write the stories her children need to hear, especially when it comes to picture books. Her debut children’s book, Simply Skye, shares the story of a young child exploring their gender through their favorite doll. It will be available through Amicus Ink in August of 2023. Pamela lives with her family in Central Illinois.

Morgan is planning on a 2023 where she will work on a children's picture book with a surprising twist about a spider that is afraid of humans. She says, “Having suffered all of my childhood and adult life with a fear of spiders, and now watching my youngest child go through the same fear, I'm hoping that a book that tackles fears head-on, through the eyes of a delightful and adorable spider named Shelby, will help kids cope with their own fears.”

The Writers’ Colony at Dairy Hollow would like to thank James Dean, author and illustrator of the best-selling Pete the Cat children’s book series, for generously funding this fellowship. Learn more about James Dean and Pete the Cat at For more information about funding a fellowship supporting the genre and/or area of interest you are passionate about, visit

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