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Linda Marshall: Writing Books for Young Children

Wednesday, October 14 from 7-9 PM ET

Linda Elovitz Marshall’s love of words and learning languages — and adventure — has led her down a variety of paths in diverse career fields. Writing is a recent turn in the road, yet with over a dozen picture and board books for children in fiction and non-fiction from both small and big publishers (including Knopf, Random House, and Scholastic), she’s found success in crafting socially conscious stories in her nonfiction picture books for young readers.

Her latest three — all published in 2020 — are “Saving the Countryside: The Story of Beatrix Potter and Peter Rabbit” (Little Bee, January 28), “The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine” (Knopf, August 15) and “Anne Frank: The Girl Heard Around the World” (Scholastic, September 15).

At her website LindaMarshall.com she writes, “I still love adventures…and I love writing, reading, and traveling to faraway places. I also love helping young (and not-so-young) writers.”

She’ll be joining us in a 90-minute Q&A to help writers who’ve always said, “I’d like to write a children’s book” but have no idea how to get started. She’ll share what the children’s book publishing industry is like, how she broke in, what agents, editors and publishers are looking for, and other details about this enduring genre of writing.

Linda Elovitz Marshall

About Linda Elovitz Marshall

After studying cultural anthropology at Barnard College (Columbia University), Linda – who graduated about the same time the Women’s Movement of the late 1960’s was gathering steam – found work in what was then a new type of enterprise – a daycare center! There, she learned early childhood education and, of course, read hundreds of picture books. She later taught parenting education, opened her own childcare center, raised four children, countless rabbits, and a flock of sheep on a farm in NY’s Hudson River Valley. After attending graduate school in anthropology, Linda owned and operated an indie bookstore in Albany, NY. Although writing for children is a relatively new venture for her, she is now the author of 16 traditionally-published picture books, fiction and non-fiction. Her books have been translated into half-a-dozen languages.

Linda’s first book was published in 2011, and more are forthcoming. She’s currently at work on other picture books, a chapter book, a middle grade novel, and poetry.

The Polio Pioneer”, “Anne Frank: The Girl Heard Around the World,” and “Saving the Countryside” are available at IndieBound, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.

Can’t Attend Live?

The talk will be recorded and every registrant will receive a link to watch a Zoom replay. If you’re not able to attend live but have questions, you can submit them in advance for Linda Marshall to answer.

To Register

Complete the form below and submit payment by clicking on the Pay with PayPal button. You’ll receive the Zoom link to the live workshop by email and a link to the recording after the event.

LInda Marshall: Writing Books for Young Children

A 90-minute Q&A discussion with children’s book author Linda Marshall on Wednesday, October 14 from 7-9 pm (extra time for late arrivals, group introductions, and your questions at the end).

49.00 $

A Writer’s Journey: From MIT (LL) to ‘The Docks’ with Joanne Carota

 

Thursday, September 24 from 7-9 PM ET

An instructor in the English Department at UMass Lowell, Joanne Carota traces the long road from initial idea to publication of her debut novel “The Docks,” a New England thriller set along the waterfront of South Boston.

Carota was employed at MIT’s Lincoln Lab when she first conceived of a career change. She followed a path common to aspiring writers, first earning an MA in Writing and Literature, then an MFA, during which time she began writing what would become “The Docks.” Carota shares her experience of writing and revising her book, working with editors to polish her manuscript, sending out query letters to agents and small presses, and her decision to ultimately take control and publish the book herself.

Over the years she says, “I learned a lot about the gatekeepers of publishing,” and those insights — covering her career shift, what a graduate writing program is like, the fits and starts of completing a book, and the merits of self-publishing — is what she’ll cover in her talk and Q&A, along with the challenges of book promotion during the time of covid.

With the July 2019 publication of “The Docks,” Carota brings her family history full circle: her dad lifted words on the docks of Houghton Mifflin Book Company.

In addition to her novel, Carota has published short pieces in The Subtopian, Solstice Literary Magazine, Pink Panther, Merrimack Journal, Chelmsford Independent, Middlesex Beat, and Andover Townsman.

The Docks” is available in paperback and ebook at Amazon.

Can’t Attend Live?

The talk will be recorded and every registrant will receive a link to watch a Zoom replay; the link will be good for two weeks post-event. If you’re not able to attend live but have questions, you can submit them in advance for Joanne Carota to answer.

To Register

Complete the form below and submit payment by clicking on the Pay with PayPal button. You’ll receive the Zoom link to the live workshop by email and a link to the recording after the event.

A Writer’s Journey: Joanne Carota and ‘The Docks’

An instructor in the English Department at UMass Lowell, Joanne Carota traces the long road from initial idea to publication of her debut novel "The Docks," a New England thriller set along the waterfront of South Boston. Thursday, Sept. 24 from 7-9 pm ET.

$49.00