Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing 2016

< Return to Workshops April 10 – April 14, 2016
Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson

Jennifer Swanson is a self-professed science geek and the author of over twenty-five nonfiction and fiction books. She is the author of Brain Games (NGKids, 2015) and the forthcoming SUPER GEAR by Charlesbridge (2016).

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Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul is an award-winning picture book author. In addition to more than 50 short stories, articles, and poems for magazines and digital markets, Miranda is the author of One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the …

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Emily Feinberg

Emily Feinberg

After earning her master’s degrees in Children’s Literature and English Literature from Simmons College in Boston, Emily joined the editorial team at Roaring Brook Press where she has had the opportunity to work with artists and writers such as Laura …

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Paige Hazzan

Paige Hazzan

Paige Hazzan is an associate editor of children’s nonfiction and reference at Scholastic, where she works on a wide range of history and science titles with an emphasis on middle grade and older nonfiction. Some of her recent science projects …

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Clara Gillow Clark

Clara Gillow Clark

Clara Gillow Clark is a critically acclaimed author of six novels of historical fiction for middle grade readers. In addition to many of her books being shortlisted for numerous State awards, her novel, Willie and the Rattlesnake King won an International Reading …

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Clelia Gore

Clelia Gore

Clelia Gore is the head of the children’s and young adult division of the Seattle-based literary agency, Martin Literary Management. A former lawyer but a kid at heart, Clelia represents both fiction and nonfiction authors. Her nonfiction clients include Jack …

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Carol Hinz

Carol Hinz

Carol Hinz is Editorial Director of Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc. She oversees and edits a range of informative picture books, illustrated nonfiction titles, and inspiring photo-driven titles for grades K–5.

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Alyssa Mito Pusey

Alyssa Mito Pusey

Alyssa Mito Pusey is Senior Editor at Charlesbridge. As an editor specializing in nonfiction, she firmly believes that there is nothing as astonishing as real life. Almost any topic, from black holes to mummies, can hook her—as long as it’s …

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Workshop Description

You love science and our world—and want to share your knowledge and passion with kids. How do you accomplish it? Learn the dynamics of engaging science-based writing for children and teens—whether you’re published already or just beginning. Faculty will demonstrate how to energize readers through active fiction and nonfiction writing that shines the light on exciting science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts. Through presentations, hands-on workshops, one-to-one manuscript critiques, ample writing time, and sessions with acquiring editors, this workshop will give you the tools and insights you need to advance on your path to success.

  • Ideas: How to generate, evaluate, and shape them to engage and attract agents and editors
  • Hands-on: Creating Proposals, Researching Content and Photos/Images, and the big picture on NGSS/Common Core
  • Writing: Formats & Genres—narrative nonfiction, expository nonfiction, concept books, science-inspired fiction, poetry, and everything in between
  • Craft: Work with experts to improve the accuracy and depth of your writing; and draw on your research to write cohesive, energetic, nonfiction and fiction books, articles, or other science-based works for picture book, middle grade, or young adult age categories.

Presenters:
Jennifer Swanson, Children’s author
Miranda Paul, Children’s author
Paige Hazzan, Associate Editor, Scholastic
Emily Feinberg, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press

Jennifer Swanson’s presentations:

  • STEAMing into Nonfiction– Finding exciting and timely topics
  • Nuts and Bolts of Submitting: polishing the dreaded cover letter, preparing a proposal, finding photos, and figuring out where to send your work
  • All About Fun Facts– how to create exciting and interactive science books
  • Building out science-based content for middle grade and YA readers (nonfiction and fiction)

Miranda Paul’s presentations:

  • Getting Creative —”Play” before “Work” – a look at IDEAS and trying new formats
  • Character-Based, Narrative Writing – Telling engaging historical or science-related stories
  • Concept Picture Books — Conveying information without a traditional plot or characters
  • All About Back Matter — How to add in-depth back matter to make your book come alive

Interactive sessions

  • One-to-One Manuscript Consultations and Critiques
  • Nature Walk
  • Fun Fact Mania /Science Trivia
  • Skype sessions with additional editors (who will accept submissions)
  • Q&A Panels

Attendees will be able to submit to all editors participating in the workshop.

PLENTY OF TIME FOR WRITING, REVISING, AND NETWORKING!!

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our all-inclusive price means we provide transportation from the airport, lodging, all meals, unlimited snacks, and wireless Internet access.

Workshop Information

Begins Sunday, April 10, with dinner and ends Thursday, April 14 with lunch, followed by an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press at 1:30 p.m.

Event Cost: $1240