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An email that I got from Highlights on a nonfiction workshop.

Posted on: June 2, 2009

Walking Around in Your Character’s Shoes

Good writers know that readers engage in a story when they feel a connection with the main character. This is true when the story being told is fiction, of course. But it is also true when writing narrative nonfiction—nonfiction that tells a story. So how do you achieve this connection? By having your readers walk around in your character’s shoes. Use the sights, sounds, tastes, smells, and textures of your character’s environment to bring her experiences to life. Your readers will share in your character’s adventure, and your story will be one they will never forget.

If you’d like to learn to make nonfiction come to life, Barbara Kerley and Kim T. Griswell will be offering Nonfiction Storytelling, a Highlights Foundation Founders Workshop, November 5-8, 2009. Find out more about this workshop at www.highlightsfoundation.org. Please feel free to pass this tip on to others who may be interested.

BARBARA KERLEY
Barbara is an award-winning author whose work includes the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book What To Do About Alice?; the Notable Social Studies Trade Book A Little Peace; the Sibert Honor Book Walt Whitman, Words for America; and the Caldecott Honor Book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, illustrated by Brian Selznick. She has also published nonfiction articles in Highlights and Cricket magazines.


Highlights Foundation, Inc.
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Honesdale, PA 18431
Phone: (570) 251-4500
E-mail: contact@highlightsfoundation.org
www.highlightsfoundation.org

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