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Writing for the Educational Market 2015 | August 19 – August 23, 2015

If the words “educational markets” make you think of boring workbooks and textbooks, it’s time to think again! Today’s educational publishers are eager to see lively nonfiction, fast-paced fiction, poetry, and more. The rules for educational writing are different, but the end result is creative, exciting, and kid pleasing.

Whether your interest is straight informational nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, this workshop will help you find your niche in the educational market. We’ll demystify the concept of reading levels, and we’ll practice writing and editing to match assigned grade levels. We’ll learn how to rewrite in response to editor requests. We’ll look at making nonfiction interesting, finding an age-appropriate hook, finding quick but reliable research sources, and even working with photos. We’ll lead you through entry points, including writing single-title books, pitching a series, and writing test passages.

Join us for

  • market-specific information;
  • brainstorming techniques;
  • plenty of hands-on writing; and
  • practice at producing submissions packages.

Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational market!

Faculty & Special Guests

"Paula and Jan were highly organized. I felt that everything was relevant and practical. I now have the direction & path to follow to head toward my goals. Both presenters have separate strengths and both are so approachable. Each gave critical feedback without fear but with a supportive nature."—Ken Eiker, 2014 attendee

"Both Jan and Paula were so easy to approach, generous with advice, and very encouraging."—2014 attendee