The career of beloved Texas writer John R. Erickson began in the turbulent 60s at the University of Texas and then onto Harvard Divinity School. Despite the early academic pedigree, he left academia to become a working cowboy back home and the internationally-known children’s author of the Hank the Cowdog series, selling over 9 million copies and having been courted by Disney. In his later years he shared his wisdom and experience of the craft of writing with Nathan (S.J.) Dahlstrom ('95) who has gone on to publish his own award-winning children’s series. The slow but deliberate apprenticeship in craft and art is a process too often left outside the academy but which began for Erickson and Dahlstrom in the pasture, horseback, with a shared love of animals and physical labor. They will discuss their experience and how the process can be mutually beneficial and why it must continue.
This event is free and open to the public, in conjunction with the Christian Scholars' Conference.