Join us for an exceptional journey through writing nonfiction, proposals, and narrative nonfiction. In this course, you have Candace Fleming online with you for four weeks, Claire for four weeks and two live critique sessions.
Claire Dorsett, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press
Claire's love of literature led her to pursue a BA in English from
Cornell University, where she was involved with campus publications The
Daily Sun and Rainy Day literary magazine. She then completed the
six-week intensive Columbia Publishing Course before finding a home at
Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing
Group, assisting Vice President and Publisher Simon Boughton. She has
worked on a range of projects during her time at Roaring Brook,
including Lane Smith's middle-grade debut
Return to Augie Hobble, Steve Sheinkin's National Book Award finalist Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War, and picture books The Skunk and Ned the Knitting Pirate.
Among other projects, she is currently working on a series of books for
emerging readers in partnership with the Scripps National Spelling Bee,
as well as a picture book about fishing by Tommy Greenwald and David
Candace Fleming, Award-Winning Author, Sibert Medalist
Candace Fleming awarded herself the Newbery Medal in fifth grade after scraping the gold sticker off the class copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond and pasting it onto her first novel—a ten-page, ten-chapter mystery called Who Done It?
She’s been collecting awards (her own, not Elizabeth George Speare’s)
Today, Candace is the versatile and acclaimed author of more than
twenty books for children and young adults, including the
Los Angeles Times Book Prize honored The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of the Russian Empire; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award-winning biography, The Lincolns; the bestselling picture book, Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!; and the beloved Boxes for Katje.
Jodell Sadler, Founder, KidLitCollege; Editorial Agent, JCLA
Jodell Sadler is the founder of KidLit College, and currently works as an editorial agent wih Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, JCLA. She has served as an art director, marketing consultant,
senior designer before earning her MFA at Hamline University, where she
focused on sharing her critical thesis project, PACING PICTURE BOOKS
& BEYOND. She’s since worked as a professor, secondary Freshman
& Senior English AP/Dual Credit teacher, and founded KidLit College,
a webinar, classes & critique community for writers and
illustrators. Jodell teaches online and presents at conferences
and events on pacing, and writes and presents with Writer’s Digest
University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers
& Illustrators (SCBWI) and passionate about helping writers and
illustrators advance their careers.
WRITING NONFICTION UNLEASHED is a ten-week class on writing that top-notch Nonfiction manuscript with our final week dedicated to a discussion on how to write better fiction with a focus on nonfiction. Participants will enjoy weekly writing discussions on crafting creative nonfiction. We will discuss coming up with a compelling topic, unique bent, as well as research and citing. We will explore how to bring scenes to life through research and how to avoid crossing that line into fiction.
Course schedule (subject to change):
Sept 14, Session 1 - What Makes Writing Nonfiction from picture books to YA Great! with Claire Dorsett, Candy Fleming, and Jodell Sadler
Sept 21, Session 2 - Writing the Nonfiction Proposal - Claire Dorsett
Sept 28, Session 3 – Strong Hooks, Vital Ideas, & Digging into Research - Candy Fleming
Oct .5, Session 4 - Why Backmatter Matters & What to Include - Claire Dorsett
Oct. 12, Session 5 - Live Critiques with - Candy Fleming & Jodell Sadler
Oct. 19, Session 6 - Big Ideas & Compelling Topics - Claire Dorsett
Oct. 26, Session 7 - Creating Authentic Scenes - Candace Fleming
Nov. 2, Session 8 - Live Critiques with Claire Dorsett & Jodell Sadler
Nov. 9, Session 9 - Citations, Quotations & Authenticity - Candy Fleming
Nov. 16, Session 10 - Getting on the Page, Nonfiction that Stands Out for Editors and Agents.
Claire Dorsett, Publishing Consultant, Former Assistant Editor at Roaring Brook Press, Macmillan
Claire Dorsett fell in love with stories and storytelling at a young age, spending much of her time ensconced in her own (non)magic treehouse with her nose in a book. Diving down Alice’s rabbit hole, climbing through Narnia’s wardrobe, and trekking across Middle Earth led her to pursue a BA in English from Cornell University, and inspired her to complete the Columbia Publishing Course. She soon found a home at Macmillan's Roaring Brook Press, where she worked on a variety of picture book, middle-grade, and young adult projects including Steve Sheinkin's National Book Award finalist Most Dangerous; Lane Smith’s There Is a Tribe of Kids; and a series for emerging readers developed with the Scripps National Spelling Bee. After three years at Roaring Brook, Claire moved home to Cleveland, Ohio to focus on a different kind of children’s storytelling as the Exhibits Developer for the Great Lakes Science Center. However, unable to give up children's books entirely, she continues to work one-on-one with aspiring authors to optimize their manuscripts for submission. You can still often find her somewhere outside, generally with her nose in a book.