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Master Class in Writing Nonfiction: What to Expect

One of our “foundational” courses every year is the Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults. It’s an immersive experience in nonfiction for kids and teens: sessions, mentoring, writing time and networking opportunities. We haven’t confirmed the entire faculty yet, but you can be sure they’ll be nonfiction superstars! Here’s a look at last year’s schedule to give you an idea of the rich programming:

Day 1
Arrival and check-in
Hors d’Oeuvres and Dinner
After dinner: Faculty Introductions and Welcome
The Accidental Nonfictionist, Larry Dane Brimner

Day 2
Morning
Breakfast
Understanding What Readers Want — They Know. Do You? Well, You Better, Peter Jacobi
One-to-one sessions with mentors

Afternoon
Lunch
Hands-on Sessions

  • Mining Your Memories, Rich and Sandra Wallace
  • The Art and Craft of Narrative Nonfiction, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Writing Inspiration: Using Mentor Texts, Gwendolyn Hooks
  • Structuring History to Grab Today’s Young Readers, Larry Dane Brimner
  • People Like to Read About Other People, and Young Readers Definitely
  • Are People, Your Best: The Art of Biography, Short Form and Long, Peter Jacobi

Evening
Appetizers and book signings
Dinner
After Dinner: My Life, My Writing: Gwendolyn Hooks

Day 3
Morning
Breakfast
Using Investigative Journalism to Research Your Story, Rich and Sandra Wallace
One-to-one sessions with mentors

Afternoon
Lunch
Hands-on Sessions

  • Turning Real Life into Nonfiction: Mining the Memories of Your Past, Don Tate
  • The Art and Craft of Narrative Nonfiction, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Writing Inspiration: Using Mentor Texts, Gwendolyn Hooks

Evening
Dinner picnic at Fox Hill Farm

Day 4
Morning
Breakfast
The Extreme Sport of Research, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
One-to-one sessions with mentors

Afternoon
Lunch
Hands-on Sessions

  • Mining Your Memories, Rich and Sandra Wallace
  • Structuring History to Grab Today’s Young Readers, Larry Dane Brimner
  • People Like to Read About Other People, and Young Readers Definitely Are People, Your Best: The Art of Biography, Short Form and Long, Peter Jacobi
  • Secrets to Breaking into Print, Laurie J. Edwards

General Session, Calkins Creek editor, Carolyn P. Yoder

Evening
Appetizers and book signings
Dinner
After Dinner: S’mores and readings

Day 5
Morning
Capturing the Minds of Young Readers, Don Tate
Faculty Q/A

Afternoon
Lunch
Optional tour of Highlights and Boyds Mills Press editorial offices

“The faculty was outstanding in every regard. Their insight, kindness, generosity, approachability, and availability was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced at a writing conference.”

Posted on: November 21, 2017

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