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Creating Page-Turning Nonfiction for Middle Grade Readers and Up 2015 | October 18 – October 21, 2015

Do you have a passion for learning and a desire to create informational books for young readers about subjects you care about? Do you want to expose young readers to complex works of nonfiction? Want tips on how to organize a large project—all while making your nonfiction a “page-turner?” And what about double-dipping: using all that research for more than one book? Join award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson to learn essential skills of creating exciting and compelling nonfiction for middle grade readers and up. Special guest Lisa Sandell will offer her unique perspective as an executive editor at Scholastic.

Learn about:

  • Choosing the right subject for the right audience: picture books vs longer works
  • The importance of documentation and back matter
  • Why revision is the most important skill any writer needs for a successful career
  • The ins and outs of back matter: sources, interviews, bibliographies
  • How to find the right sources and use the skills of historians and experts
  • What editors look for in compelling nonfiction manuscripts and proposals

The workshop includes presentations, lively discussions, writing time, and two one-on-one critique sessions. You’ll go home with the tools you need to tackle the big story you want to tell. Experienced beginners and beyond are welcome.

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