Researching and Crafting Narrative Nonfiction for Children (Online)

  • Saturday, July 11, 2020
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • BARN Zoom Room 1, Class Code: WR071120CM
  • 5


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**This workshop will be conducted via live streaming with Zoom.** 

In this one-session class, Clare will explain the narrative structure behind her true animal stories and what makes a strong character and compelling plot. She will also touch on research techniques to provide rich details and description to deepen character and setting. Other areas Clare will cover include:

  • What makes a great nonfiction book
  • The different kinds of children's nonfiction and how narrative fiction fits in
  • Choosing a topic that kids will enjoy--strong main character, compelling plot, subject you care about
  • Key elements of narrative structure for a well-crafted story
  • Top ten research tips
  • How to prepare a nonfiction proposal for a publisher or agent

Class details:

  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  •  An email will be sent to you 1 day before the start date with the Zoom video conferencing link to join the class. Please watch for this email.

Clare Hodgson Meeker is the author of a dozen award-winning picture and chapter books for children, including the Smithsonian Notable Book Lootas Little Wave Eater: An Orphaned Sea Otter’s Story and the Junior Library Guild Selection Rhino Rescue! Her new book Growing Up Gorilla: How a Zoo Baby Brought Her Family Together was just named a 2020 Bank Street Book of the Year in the STEM category.  Her website is   


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