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How to Tell a Life - Writing About Real People

Author Michelle Houts remembers making a beeline to B section in her elementary and middle school libraries. B for Biographies. For the reader who loves to devour stories of real people and/or the young writer whose favorite assignments are reports about world-changers and the fascinatingly famous, this visit will be a fun look into what it's like to tell a life.

Michelle Houts

45 Minute Program

 

$200


Michelle will briefly share the subjects of the biographies she has written and edited before diving deep into best part of telling any true tale - research! Google is great, but going beyond Google is where it usually gets good when uncovering the details of someone whose story is worth telling. We'll talk about what to do when we uncover the not-so-good along with the stuff we want to celebrate.
Michelle will share tricks of the trade when it comes to collecting and organizing information.

Just for fun we'll spend a few minutes trying our hand at a most unusual form of biography-writing.

As always, Michelle wants to hear from you. Whose biographies have you read lately? And who would you most like to meet? Of course, there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

About the Author

Michelle Houts is the award-winning author of more than a dozen books for young readers, ranging from colorful, engaging picture books to adventurous middle-grade novels. She loves to talk to young readers and writers about not only her work and process, but their own ideas and creations.

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