Barbara Shook Hazen

Title: Author, Freelance Writer
Location: Tully, New York, United States

Barbara Hazen, Author and Freelance Writer, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of creative writing.

Ms. Hazen began her higher education at Smith College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1951. She continued her education at Columbia University, earning a Master of Arts in 1952, and took a position as an editor for Ladies’ Home Journal in New York City. She remained with the company for five years, transitioning in 1957 to a role as an editor for Western Publications, and in 1960, she left the company to pursue an independent career as an author and freelance writer. To this day, Ms. Hazen continues to work as an author and freelance writer. Over the course of her career, she has worked as a consultant for Sesame Street Magazine and ABC-TV, and as a writer for CBS Children’s Records, “Andy and the Petbots,” and “Kingdom Chums.”

In addition to her freelance writing and consulting work, Ms. Hazen has authored over 50 children’s books, including “The Gorilla Did It,” “Tight Times,” “The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark,” and “Who is Your Favorite Monster Mama?” Additionally, she has published 10 adult non-fiction books, including “There Wouldn’t Be Sunbeams Without Little Specks of Dust” and “The Dell Encyclopedia of Cats.” Ms. Hazen is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, the Authors League of America, the Authors Guild, and the Bank Street Writers Laboratory, among others. From a very young age, she has always had an interest in writing and telling stories—in the fourth grade, she sold her first piece of poetry to a movie magazine for 15 dollars, which helped spark the idea that she would one day make a career as a writer. Ms. Hazen believes in confronting your fears, and advises others to “take small steps, but keep taking them.”

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