ClassResearch and Writing: Children’s Nonfiction for Education
If you've tried to get your creative work published and haven't been able to, yet, come to this two-session class to discover another writing option. Schools need more nonfiction, which means educational publishers are looking for skilled writers to research, write, and work with an editor(s). Let me emphasize research. This is time-consuming and sometimes frustrating, but if you love learning new facts and enjoy making that information accessible for children, this is the genre for you. Even fiction writers are welcome to explore this genre, especially since fiction sometimes entails a lot of research, too. You'll learn how to apply for assignments, what to expect from a contract, the pros and cons of the genre, how to do research, and more. You’ll have a week to prepare a query letter and a work sample to workshop the second session. We’ll spend about 75% of the time working on writing activities and workshopping. If you can, have two devices ready, so that you can log in on one and use the other one for research and writing.
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.