April 13, 2013
CONTACT: Mo O’Hara
12pm to 4pm, The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HL
Saturday, April 13th 2013 - Writing Non-fiction that Rocks with Michelle Markel
The new non-fiction doesn’t just present a series of facts – it attracts, excites and inspires young readers. Educators are going to be looking for fresh takes on informational subjects as they implement the new core curriculum’s requirements for more non-fiction study. In this workshop, you’ll learn how writers of recent critically-acclaimed and buzz-worthy books create emotional impact with fictional and poetic tools (POV, character, narrative/organisation, figurative and descriptive language with child appeal). You’ll learn how enthusiasm, humour, interactivity and immediacy make non-fiction pop. Participants will do exercises that give them practice and confidence in using some of the techniques. They will have the opportunity to get feedback on a work in progress. Please bring an example of a creative non-fiction book that you admire, along with 1-3 typed, double-spaced pages of a manuscript or outline.
Michelle Markel is the author of several non-fiction picture books, including The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, which received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal. Her upcoming title, Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers' Strike of 1909 (Harper Collins/Balzer & Bray), will be followed by two picture book biographies with Chronicle.
Class Information for 2013 Masterclass Series:
Venue - The Theodore Bullfrog Pub, First floor meeting room, 26-30 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HL
Time - 12:00pm start with break for lunch from 1pm until 1:30pm. Class resumes until 3:30pm. Possible Q and A until 4pm
Cost - £28 per class for SCBWI members, £35 for non members, £100 special SCBWI member discount when you book for 4 classes. £125 for 5 classes. (All prices include a pre-ordered light lunch and a beverage.)
For more info and sign up forms - http://britishscbwi.jimdo.com/events/masterclasses/