Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual ShopTalk: KNOW THYSELF: Acknowledging your Unique Voice in Nonfiction While Keeping to the Facts with Dana Meachen Rau

Date(s) - Tuesday, February 23, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

During this ShopTalk, we will discuss the challenge as nonfiction authors to present fact vs. opinion, but at the same time, acknowledge the personal lenses through which we see the world. Through hands-on activities, we will pinpoint inherent biases that affect how we pursue topics, glean reliable research, and ultimately distill information to share with others. We’ll also discuss how this personal awareness can help us develop our distinct writing voices.

About the presenter:

Dana Meachen Rau has written more than 350 books for children in a variety of genres—early readers, picture-books, biographies, cookbooks, and nonfiction on scientific, historical, geographical, and other popular topics. Since graduating from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, with degrees in both creative writing and art history, she has worked in the publishing world as a writer, illustrator, and also as an editor of both fiction and nonfiction with Scholastic/Children’s Press. Since attending Vermont College of Fine Arts for her master’s degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults, she has taught creative writing at the Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT, and currently teaches writing and literature at the University of Hartford.

This event is $10 for members and $20 for non-members. THIS EVENT WILL NOT BE TAPED.