Nancy Pistorius
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Welcome to the Web site of freelance writer Nancy Pistorius. Nancy has won national awards for journalism and creative writing. She began writing a weekly travel column for the STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER (in Illinois) when she was 17, chronicling her adventures and experiences in Europe. Since then she has published in more than seventy different literary and mass-market publications, including WOMAN'S DAY, COSMOPOLITAN, ILLINOIS TIMES, the CHICAGO TRIBUNE, SOCIAL (Kansas City), the LAWRENCE JOURNAL-WORLD, TRAVELWORLD INTERNATIONAL, SEASONS, and SPRINGFIELD PARENT. She is a member of NATJA (North American Travel Journalists Association) and ITWA (International Travel Writers Alliance), and has attended Travel Media Showcase. Formerly the Wichita Getaways Examiner, Nancy is now the Kansas City Getaways Examiner. Her most recent honors for fiction writing were the 2009 Langston Hughes Creative Writing Award (Fiction) and the 2013 Jacqueline Jackson/University of Illinois Alumni Creative Writing Award (Fiction). Listen to Nancy reading the first pages of her novel, Peking Duck. 

Her most recent honors for travel writing were the 2012 Bronze Award and the 2012 Finalist Award in the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Competition.


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Read Nancy's most recent feature articles:

Planning for baby: Bundle of joy need not break bank

Local parents, retailers recommend the best baby rides
Behind the lens: Lawrence optometrist, retailers offer tips to pick out sunglasses
Gasoline prices not expected to spike as high this summer

Travel agents say price is right for booking trips

The art of the home office

Body Builders: An Extra Boost (Download August 2008 issue to read article)

KU professor advocates accessibility around the globe

Professor develops unique way to teach physics to kids

A new hue: Pink men's clothes catching on in Lawrence

Stay Fit for the Holidays

Tea for two or three and other children's activities


Read Nancy's most recent travel articles:

Opera Fans are singing about the return of Carmen to London

London calling all shopaholics and fashionistas

Kansas City for Lovers

It's a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood: Pittsburgh is Kids' Paradise

Lincoln's Birthday Party in Springfield, IL

Horseshoes for President Obama

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Lincoln Land for Lovers

Rocky Mountain Highs  (about Denver & Boulder, retitled "Basking in Boulder")

Daytrip: Lawrence, Kansas

London on the cheap
There's no place like Kansas City
Oklahoma City: Come for the hoops, stick around for the magic
Oklahoma City: Come for the hoops, stay for the hoopla
Oklahoma City: Come for the hoops, linger for the love
Oklahoma City: Come for the hoops, have a ball
NCAA March Madness lasts forever in Kansas City
Escape to Paradise: The Paradise Coast of Florida offers vacation values galore
Shopping in Paradise: Naples, Florida
Pamper yourself in Paradise: Fabulous Florida spas
Dining in Paradise: Eating heaven in Naples and Marco Island, Florida
Celebrate Harry Truman's birthday in Independence, Missouri

Myrtle Beach oozes Southern charm

Babes in Paradise: Kids have fun in Naples and Marco Island, Florida

Lovers in Paradise: Romance blooms in Naples and Marco Island Florida

Triple Dutch Treat: Amsterdam, Delft, and the Hague

Travel north to Brazil when you dine at Em Chamas

Escape to the Kingdom of Narnia at Union Station

Worlds of Fun offers first-class thrills and entertainment

Where can you find affordable family fun close to home?

Schlitterbahn Vacation Village Waterpark is a splashing good time

The Magic of Marceline: The Original Disney Land Is Still Walt's Happy Place   
Kin in the Kitchen: Family runs Lawrence Thai restaurant together
Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun offers frights and delights
Road trip to Marceline, Missouri
A Christmas Story, the Musical, is a triple-dog delight
San Francisco with heart
 Around the World in 80 Days is a travel lover's dream
Young Frankenstein, the Musical, is a monster hit
Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, Ohio offers Spring Breakers 86-degree weather
Moonlight in Vermont (retitled "Go green in Stowe, Vermont")
Broke-ology, at the KC Rep's Copaken Stage, is good enough to break your heart
Bus Stop, at the KC Rep, is a heart-wrenching road trip back home
Get Cultural this Summer in KC
Andrew Clements' beloved story, Frindle, comes to life at the Coterie
Spring into Christmas at A Christmas Story House in Cleveland
Becky's New Car is a joy ride at Kansas City's New Theatre Restaurant
Island Adventures Close to Home
Exclusive interview with Mark Beiler of Cirque du Soleil's Alegria
Cirque du Soleil's Alegria weaves dreams at Kansas City's Sprint Center
Giddyup to St. Joseph, Missouri, for the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express, Part One
Giddyup to St. Joseph, Missouri, for the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express, Part Two
Giddyup to St. Joseph, Missouri, for the 150th Anniversary of the Pony Express, Part Three
Snoopy's Hot Summer Lights at Worlds of Fun turns up the heat
Eating Raoul The Musical is deliciously wicked
Cups is overflowing with humor and wisdom
Making a Splash in Monterey
Independence, MO--the Family Stops Here
Lucky Duck is just ducky
Buddy Holly is alive and rocking in Overland Park, Kansas
Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys shines brightly at New Theatre Restaurant
Halloween Haunt at Worlds of Fun offers drop-dead prices
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Silver Dollar City
Walt Disney World Resort sparkles at Christmastime
Suburban and Spectacular (Deep in the Heart of the Texas 'Burbs)
Tucson's Hidden Gems (retitled "Desert Paradise")
Sylvia at the New Theatre Restaurant is a Tail-Wagging Romp
Pet Travel-Tainer is a real tail-wagger of a travel gift
A Christmas Carol at the KC Rep makes Yuletide merry and bright
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day packs a punch at the Coterie Theatre
An Ozark Mountain Christmas in Branson is a blast from the past
Best Friends luxury pet resort at Walt Disney World offers royal treatment
California Dreamin' in Monterey, Part One
California Dreamin' in Monterey, Part Two
Bridge to Terabithia at The Coterie Theatre is a haunting tale well told
Jamie Farr and company sizzle in Lend Me A Tenor at New Theatre Restaurant
Come in out of the cold while in Dallas for the Super Bowl, Part 1
Come in out of the cold while in Dallas for the Super Bowl, Part 2
Come in out of the cold while in Dallas for the Super Bowl, Part 3
Suburban and Spectacular (Plano)
The Raphael Hotel in Kansas City garners top awards
California Dreamin' in Monterey, Part Three
California Dreamin' in Monterey, Part Four
Saddling Up in Cheyenne (retitled "New West")
Going Dutch (retitled "Discovering the Many Sides of Amsterdam")
Diana, A Celebration, glitters at Union Station in Kansas City
Mayorov Russian State Circus dazzles at Silver Dollar City's World-Fest
Living like a Royal in London (retitled "Do London Like Royalty")
Five Fabulous Weekend Getaways (retitled "Take Five")
The Odd Couple packs a lot of laughs at the New Theatre Restaurant
Cirque du Soleil's Dralion creates magic at Kansas City's Sprint Center
Harry Truman's neighborhood makes a great family getaway, Part One
Harry Truman's neighborhood--a great family getaway, Part 2
San Antonio beyond the Alamo
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat captivates at New Theatre
Harry Truman's neighborhood--a great family getaway, Part 3
Harry Truman's neighborhood--a great family getaway, Part 4
Paradise for Pooches: Naples, Florida
Chef at Urban Crust in Plano, Texas creates slices of heaven
Curtains rise in Kansas City: What to watch this fall
Loretta Swit milks big laughs in Move Over, Mrs. Markham at the New Theatre
Exclusive interview with emcee Christopher James on the Showboat Branson Belle
Worlds of Fun's Halloween Haunt features new London Terror
History of Kisses is a one-man marvel at the KC Rep's Copaken Stage
Bats About Austin (retitled Austin: Hip City, Texas)
Daytripper: Can't get enough of Christmas at Branson, Silver Dollar City
Game Show at New Theatre Restaurant scores high points every night
California dreaming
Columbus, Ohio: Where cool is king
KC Rep's A Christmas Carol shines more brightly than ever in 2011
Silver Dollar City's An Old Time Christmas dazzles and delights
Season of Magic: Kansas City's Country Club Plaza
Walt Disney World for Adults
Indianapolis: The secret is out
Go a little wild in St. Joseph, MO
Baltimore on a Budget
Baltimore on a Budget (Issuu Version)
Triple Dutch Treat (Issuu Version)
Gregory Harrison gets the New Theatre hoppin' in Pump Boys and Dinettes
Make memories with your grandkids in Truman's hometown
Southfork Rewind: Back to the Land of Bubblin' Crude & Big Hair
Spring Break Daycations
Back to the Future: 1950s all-electric house is totally wired
Take kids back to nature
Richard Karn casts a spell in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Art and Soul in Vegas
James and the Giant Peach at the Coterie Theatre is just peachy
Downtown KC packed with activities
Omaha's outstanding offerings
Hairspray at the New Theatre Restaurant holds up well
Disney magic in Marceline, MO
Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan at Starlight Theater soars high
The Royal Garden Hotel in London partners with lion-sized entertainment
Last sip of summer
Treasure Hunting in Kansas City
Visit Colonial Williamsburg and travel back in time
Barbara Eden makes magic happen in Social Security at the New Theatre Restaurant
Good Day Sunshine in Orange County
A Tale of Two Springfields
The Fab Four invade Las Vegas in BeatleShow
Spooky Sightseeing
Enchanted by New Mexico's light, art and food
In Search of Harry Potter from Europe to the U.S.
First-rate attractions in first city of Kansas
The Game's Afoot is jolly good fun at the New Theatre Restaurant
A Christmas Carol at the KC Rep glows with the true meaning of Christmas
Babes in Toyland
The Sweetest Spots in the World 
Celebrity chef Cat Cora gets rave reviews for Kouzzina at Disney's Boardwalk
Oklahoma City is more than OK
Billy Elliot the Musical electrifies the KC Music Hall
Mike Farrell illuminates On Golden Pond at New Theatre
Hanging with Huck Finn in Hannibal
Head to Florida's historic First Coast, drink from Fountain of Youth?
Hutchinson is out of this world
Cirque du Soleil's La Nouba is a feast for the imagination
Mary Poppins flies high at Kansas City's Music Hall
Cindy Williams charms in Weekend Comedy at New Theatre
Anglophile alert in the heartland
There's much more than thoroughbreds in Louisville
The Roaring Twenties Bar at The Milestone Hotel, London, is divinely decadent
We're in the money
Charlie and the Chesterfield Afternoon Tea is a delectable family treat
A day with the dinosaurs
The New Theatre brings Buddy Holly back to life
There's No Place Like Wamego
Enchanted Tales with Belle captivates Walt Disney World Resort guests
Hunting for antiques
Fifty Shades of Green
Dyan Cannon hits a hole in one in The Fox on the Fairway
Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is spook-tacular
Princess Fairytale Hall debuts at Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland at Disney World
'Bama Beaches
Todd English's Olives wows guests at Atlantis Resort
Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party makes the season bright
A Christmas Carol at the KC Rep still wows the crowds
George Wendt flexes his acting chops in Never Too Late
Disney's Beauty and the Beast offers some enchanted evening
The Santaland Diaries make it fun to be naughty
Baltimore offers Star-Spangled delights
Sister Act is a heavenly experience at Kansas City's Music Hall
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport is a welcome respite for travelers
Just steps away from the Magic at Walt Disney World Dolphin
War Horse charges into Kansas City theatergoers' hearts
Silver Dollar City's World-Fest features food, entertainment and fun
Discover Beantown--Boston!--and all its charm
Connie Stevens performs miracles at New Theatre Restaurant
The Hampton Inn & Suites Springfield-Southwest is a Midwestern gem
Museum at Prairiefire is a cultural gem
Healthy dining and fitness options abound at the Walt Disney World Swan Resort
Dive in and swim with dolphins, the 'Sea People'
The Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter will take you by surprise

Read Nancy's bio at the NATJA site.

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