Readers make the best writers, and the best writers study others’ work. In this workshop, children’s author Annette Whipple shows how published authors use mentor texts. Want to get into your favorite magazine? Study back issues—they’re mentor texts. Writers study texts to add humor, craft opening lines, or show emotion to books. Others study structure, page turns, or cliffhanger chapter endings. Mentor texts help writers identify and address manuscript problems to make their manuscripts marketable. This workshop highlights the books and methods kidlit authors used to get their own books published.
This course is packed with information how published authors study published books and articles as well as a dozen hands-on activities to help you effectively use mentor texts.
In this course you will learn
• What mentor texts are and their importance
• How to use mentor texts in all of your writing
• How authors used mentor texts to get published
• How mentor texts make your manuscript shine
• How mentor texts help writers identify and address manuscript problems
• How mentor texts help make your manuscripts marketable
Your handouts include
• a printable handout for note-taking
• an exclusive Mentor Text Chart
• a list of the 32 books mentioned in this course