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Nuts and Bolts of Science Writing 2016 | April 10 – April 14, 2016

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.

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.


Faculty & Special Guests

Clelia Gore Participating via Skype
Carol Hinz
Carol Hinz Participating via Skype
Alyssa Mito Pusey Participating via Skype