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Don Winn

Don Winn

Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing

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Don's work combines: Writing, Education, and Communicating / Sharing Stories

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Day In The Life

Author and Publisher

Award-winning author of children's books and founder of Cardboard Box Adventures Publishing.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Vocational

    Computer Programming/Programmer, General

    Durham's Business College

  • Vocational

    Computer Programming/Programmer, General

    Bryan Institute

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Poets, Lyricists & Creative Writers:

High School

Vocational: Writing

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Life & Career Milestones

My path in life took a while to figure out

  • 1.

    First I wrote a poem to express myself and had an epiphany that I was able to be a good writer.

  • 2.

    Next I continued to write poetry and eventually children's rhyming picture books.

  • 3.

    Then I pursued publishing my first children's picture book, "The Tortoise and the Hairpiece."

  • 4.

    Finally, I started a publishing company and continued writing picture books and even chapter books.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Society in general:

    As a child I was often told that I would end up doing manual labor as I was not smart enough to do anything else. As an adult I would frequently hear, 'Oh, everyone wants to write. You're not going to be able to make anything from writing.'

  • How I responded:

    When I became aware in the first grade that I was not learning like other kids, I felt ashamed and broken, like I could never be good enough for anything. My learning struggles were worsened by an abusive, mentally ill parent and later a broken home. But there was a tiny spark inside me that said "Make something of yourself. You can do it." I persevered & discovered that I could learn if I worked hard enough and used my strengths to compensate for my dyslexia.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I started working in IT as a computer programmer 35 years ago and this is how I supported myself, my family, and my writing until I was eventually able to start a publishing business.

  • I am dyslexic. As a child I would have thought it impossible for me to be an author because writing was so hard for me. I later discovered that writing was possible for me and that with hard work and the right tools I could achieve anything.