Date and Time Details: Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, November 2 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, November 5, with lunch

Master class 2018

With Patricia Lee Gauch and Shari Becker

July 15 - 19, 2018

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing!

Nonfiction matters.

Publishers crave it.

Teachers and librarians need it.

Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events are more important now than ever.

Our master class explores nonfiction from many angles: the editorial, the business, and, most importantly, the art of telling true stories. Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing through a range of topics, including nonfiction voice, biography, memoir, nature writing, science writing, and narrative nonfiction. Your mentor will help guide you in your revisions or explore story ideas during daily one-on-one sessions.

Additional opportunities include:

  • connecting with acquiring editors;
  • developing necessary research and interview skills;
  • exploring today’s magazine and trade-book markets; and
  • investigating visual design through illustration and photography

About the Leaders

Patricia Gauch

Patricia Lee Gauch

Former vice president and editor at large of Philomel Books, Patti is now a fulltime writer and lecturer. She has authored more than 40 picture books and novels for young readers, including the highly acclaimed Thunder at Gettysburg; This Time, Tempe Wick?; and Christina Katerina and the Box. Her most recent title, The Knitting of […]

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Shari Becker

Shari Becker

Shari Becker is an award-winning author who has a not-so-secret love affair with YA romance. Her first novel, The Stellow Project, debuted in 2015 to rave reviews (School Library Journal called it “swoon-worthy”), and readers are anxiously awaiting her next installment in the series. Her previous books include a Junior Library Guild Selection as well as […]

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