Date and Time Details: Begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 19 with an optional tour of Highlights for Children and Boyds Mills Press; ends on Sunday, October 22, with lunch.

  • $999.00 – Program Price

The Fundamentals of Writing Biography 2017

With Bethany Hegedus and Cynthia Levinson

October 19 - 22, 2017

Engage children in the lives of others through captivating events and compelling narrative threads.

Now is the time to capture stories that reflect the human experience. What better way to engage a reader than to show them real history shapers, makers, and changers in biographies?

Join Bethany Hegedus and Cynthia Levinson as they explore the fundamentals of writing biographies for children. A good biography fuels a story with research. It brings subjects to life through accuracy and authenticity. Bethany and Cynthia will cover ways to select biography topics, find narrative voice in biography, use the narrative thread to bring nonfiction to life, and incorporate the Hero’s Journey into biographical story structure. In addition you’ll hear from special guest editor Kandace Coston of Lee & Low Books.

Attendees will submit a picture book biography, the first chapter of a longer biography (2,000 words max), or a book proposal. (Note: book proposals must include sample writing.) Space is limited to eight students.

About the Leaders


Bethany Hegedus

Bethany Hegedus’ books include the award-winningGrandfather Gandhi and the newly released Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story, both co-written with Arun Gandhi, grandson to the Mahatma and illustrated by Evan Turk. The Grandfather Gandhi books join Bethany’s novels Truth with a Capital T and Between us Baxters in gracefully handling race, class and diversity […]

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Cynthia Levinson

Cynthia Levinson is an author and presenter who writes nonfiction books and articles for and about young people, conducts writing workshops and playshops with children and conducts workshops and presentations to adults on writing and teaching nonfiction for young readers. Her nonfiction articles have been published in some of the most respected children’s magazines, includingAppleseeds, […]

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