Kirk Werner never set out to become a children's book author. While he has always enjoyed writing, it is his love of fly-fishing and illustrating that led him to create the story of Olive the Woolly Bugger.

A homegrown product of Washington state, Kirk was born in Seattle and spent his formative years in the suburbs outside of the city. He graduated in 1985 from Washington State University (Go Cougs!) where he earned a BA degree in Communications with a minor in Fine Art. His home is in Duvall, Washington where he lives with his wife and two kids and one itchy dog. He has more stories planned for Olive the Woolly Bugger so stay tuned.


Author/Illustrator Visits

Treat your students and faculty to an eye-opening presentation by author and illustrator Kirk Werner. Kirk's popular series of books chronicling the adventures of Olive the Woolly Bugger are an engaging way to introduce youngsters (and those young at heart) to the wonderful sport of fly-fishing.

The presentation includes a photo slideshow depicting the adventures to be had while fly-fishing in the great outdoors. Kirk will also talk about the creative process involved in writing and illustrating these whimsical yet informational stories, and will conclude with a Q&A period. The presentation can include book signings and advance orders of the books may be arranged through Johnson Books.

Schedule a visit to your school today – you and your students will be hooked!

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It's said that when someone becomes a published author, they shouldn't give up their day job. Kirk has heeded this advice and continues to work as a freelance illustrator, doing business as Itchy Dog Productions.