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MWA Montgomery County Chapter Meeting

May 02, 2015
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Mid-County Community Recreation Center
2004 Queensguard Road
Silver Spring, MD 20906

Displaying MWA-MC 05-02-15 HansenHeadshot.jpegWriting for Children: The Myths and the Magic!

Children’s stories can be crafted to spark imagination and encourage reading. From adventure series to board books, to science and history for kids, the children’s book market reaches far and wide. So how do you break into this popular field? And what can you expect once you dive in?

At the May meeting of the Montgomery County chapter of the MWA, join us for an enchanting presentation by children’s nonfiction author and winner of the John Burroughs Award for Excellence in Nature Books for Young Readers, Amy S. Hansen.  

 Amy will explore myths including:

  • True or False? Writing for children is easy!
  • True or False? Children’s publishing will make you fabulously rich!

Amy will unravel the magic needed including:

  • Techniques for capturing the interest of young readers
  • How to work the spells to break into the children’s market

About the Speaker

Amy S. Hansen writes mostly about science for children, although sometimes she takes a detour into history, and every now and then delves into fiction. One of her favorite parts of the job is solving great mysteries like: Where do bugs go in the winter? How does a refrigerator work? and How can a merry-go-round be used as a water-pump?
While doing the research, she’s been known to take apart an old phone and a VCR to look at the insides before writing about them. Amy has published 25 books, with two more coming out any day now. She is the president-elect of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, DC, and she lives in Greenbelt with her husband and two sons.