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How to Succeed as a Children's Nonfiction Freelancer

Date: 3/7/18 – 4/4/18

Location: Online

Ages: Adult

Class Level: Open to All Levels

Genre: Publishing and Career

• Regular: $80.00
• Member: $72.00

It comes as a surprise to many people that the Twin Cities area is a major hub for children's publishing. In particular, there are several local publishers that produce hundreds of nonfiction books each year for the school library market. There is a constant demand for freelancers, including writers, developmental editors, copy editors, and fact checkers.

The purpose of this class is to prepare students to succeed in this exciting, fast-paced, and fulfilling segment of the educational publishing industry. The course will include a broad overview of the nonfiction school library market, providing the wider context that freelancers' work fits into. The bulk of the course will cover key writing and editing skills, focusing in particular on what sets children's nonfiction apart. Writing for particular grade levels, best practices in research, and considerations of diversity and sensitivity will be among the topics discussed.

Exercises crafted and evaluated by an experienced writer/editor will give students practice in writing, developmental editing, copy editing, and fact checking. The course is designed to be suitable for those new to the industry, while also providing those with some experience an opportunity to enhance and expand their skills.