Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults

If any of you are interested in learning to write nonfiction, I am teaching Writing Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults through WOW! Women on Writing.  The class starts on:

Monday, May 7, 2018
Monday, July 9, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018
Monday, November 12, 2018

This is an 8 week class that includes:

Week One: Which Market Is Which. One of the most difficult aspects of selling your work is figuring out who wants what.  This week includes an overview of markets and how to do your own market research.

Week Two: Choosing and Narrowing a Topic. Students learn to evaluating possible topics and narrow them in order to slant your work to fit into a competitive market.

Week Three: Evaluating and Selecting Sources.  One of the most common questions that I’m asked is how much research you need to do.  This lesson will guide students through research including learning about source bias as well as information on primary vs secondary sources.

Week Four: Interviewing Sources.  No matter how  much research you do, you won’t always find the information that you need.  When and why to do an interview as well as how to write your own interview questions.

Week Five: Preparing Your First Draft. This lesson focuses on creating the first draft including whether or not to outline your work, how to tell if material is age appropriate, and using fiction techniques to enliven your work.

Week Six: Refining Your Manuscript. No piece is ever perfect in just one draft. How to create the final manuscript that they wanted to create all along.

Week Seven: The Icing on the Cake. Sweeten the deal for potential editors with sidebars and activities, photographs and more.

Week Eight: Completing the Package. The cover letter, query letter, and proposal.

In addition to lectures, each week includes an assignment which I will review.  This means that I will be giving feedback on your bibliography, rough draft, final draft, query letter and more.  Find out more about the class here and do let me know if you have any questions.