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Writing Workshop – Half Day Class – The Writing Barn

Are you an expert at something, or know fascinating facts that children would soak up? If you want to tell dynamic, true stories or impart your knowledge to kids in ways that will grab and hold their attention, this webinar is for you.

In this condensed, one-time online version of the sold out Beyond Biographies Nonfiction Picture Book class, award-winning picture book author Miranda Paul will show you how to dazzle 21st century kids with creative nonfiction and informational fiction books that outshine the humdrum encyclopedias and textbooks of generations past. This webinar will explore format and structure of many kinds of nonfiction picture books including narrative, expository, poetic, and layered texts. The focus of this webinar is to help you see the “shape” of your manuscript so that you can turn facts and figures into entertaining, engaging, and salable titles that appeal to trade as well as school and library markets.

Click here to register.

In this course, you will learn how to:

  • Categorize myriad creative picture book formats
  • Find unique angles for well-worn ideas
  • Write standout pitches and professional queries for books that straddle the trade and educational market lines

Who should take this course:

  • Writers who want to teach a concept or impart information in a fun or engaging way
  • Writers who fluctuate between being right- and left-brained, who are both creative and geeky
  • Writers who want to tell stories that inspire, educate, and coincide with classroom learning

ONLINE classes are taught in real time in a virtual Zoom classrooms. This keeps the instruction intimate yet accessible to writers across the country.These classes are not webinars, we encourage students to take notes and participate in real time.

Class recordings will be made available only to those who cannot make the class, including those for whom last-minute tech issues (wifi access, etc.) prevents them from participating. Recordings are available for two weeks following the class date, then deleted. Find online learning instructions here: http://www.thewritingbarn.com/zoomonlinemanual

About the Faculty:

Miranda Paul is the award-winning children’s author of ten picture books that engage, inspire, and appeal to both educational and trade markets. Her titles One Plastic Bag and Water is Water were both named Junior Library Guild selections, and she has received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly. Several of her books have been translated and her books have been included on more than a dozen state award lists. Adventures to School, co-authored with Baptiste Paul, includes 13 real-life journeys of students from around the world. Miranda has three nonfiction titles forthcoming in 2019, including Nine Months, illustrated by Jason Chin; I Am Farmer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon; and Little Libraries, Big Heroes, illustrated by John Parra. Miranda makes regular appearances at schools and libraries, and has been a guest presenter at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center along with environmental activist Isatou Ceesay. She is a founding member of We Need Diverse Books and currently serves as their Mentorship chair. Her values include working hard, having fun, and being kind. Learn more at mirandapaul.com or follow her on Twitter @Miranda_Paul.

Event Type: Half Day Classes, Online Classes
Date(s): Sunday, February 24, 2019 –
Times: 2:00-5:00pm CST/3:00-6:00pm EST
Cost: $65/$55 WLT/SCBWI Member
Faculty: Miranda Paul
Class Size: 18