Getting Kids Hooked on Writing Nonfiction
Educators and parents; about one hour
This program is Nancy’s most requested. She begins with the process of gathering information using primary and secondary research techniques. She includes tips for organizing and limiting the research into a manageable subject. Nancy compares and contrasts the structures of fiction and nonfiction. She gives tips on how to make the writing more interesting, such as: using sensory detail, using similes and metaphors, putting words and numbers in context and using, "Show, don’t tell."
Young Author Workshops
Grades 4 to 7; 15 children maximum; about two to three hours
The focus is on writing (and illustrating) nonfiction. Nancy prefers to use a field journal approach to gathering visual and sensory information about a nearby habitat. Any courtyard, schoolyard or natural area will do. An adult helper must accompany any outdoor excursions. Children will share their discoveries and write/illustrate a field journal entry. Other ideas for a nonfiction workshop are welcomed.
Grades 6 to 12; any size group – small groups preferred for greater interaction, dialog and questions
Nancy welcomes the opportunity to share her life story and what it’s like to be a professional writer and illustrator. Tips on how young authors can get their work published can be included. Children should prepare questions in advance. A list of those questions will help Nancy prepare her presentation.
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