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Saturday, April 21 • 4:00pm - 5:15pm
Workshop: Time Travel Secrets for Historical Nonfiction Writers

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Too often history books get a bad rap. Boring! Yawn! Snore! Don’t let that happen to your book.
You have spent months (maybe years) researching a historical person or event. You have an army of facts and a unique and persuasive thesis. Now the challenge is to write a book that will transport readers back in time instead of putting them to sleep.
In this workshop, we’ll explore and practice creative writing strategies to achieve the following:
• Hook the reader with powerful openings that include character, conflict, and momentum.
• Communicate facts and arguments through vivid writing and specific details in order to bring history to life.
We’ll dissect different types of historical nonfiction including picture books, educational text, and narrative nonfiction. If participants have a current project, they should bring some research notes and a draft of their work, but this is not necessary. Everyone will be provided with a historical document and have the opportunity to apply each writing strategy we discuss.

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Judy Dodge Cummings

As a veteran teacher of 26 years, Judy Dodge Cummings knows what kind of historybooks put kids to sleep. As the author of 20 nonfiction books for children and teens,Judy’s goal is to write stories that not only wake young readers up, but also transportthem back in time. She’s... Read More →


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