Monday, February 24, 2020

Upcoming Twitterchats!


Whether you’re a writer or an educator (or both), conferences are a great way to learn about children’s books and what goes into creating them. But if you just don’t have the time or money to attend them, Twitterchats are a terrific alternative. 

That’s why I’m happy to announce two upcoming learning opportunities:

On Wednesday, February 26, from 9:00-11:00 p.m. EST, I’ll be a guest on #pbchat, a Twitterchat focused on picture books and hosted by Justin Colon. 

I’ll be answering questions about how I get book ideas, the challenges of writing STEM-themed books for kids, how to pitch science topics to editors, narrative nonfiction vs. expository nonfiction, how to make a living as a writer, how nonfiction for kids has evolved over time and how I think it may change in the future, and more. Plus there will be prizes!

On Wednesday, March 4, from 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST, I’ll be a guest on #3rdchat, a Twitterchat intended for third grader teachers, but with info that ALL elementary educators will find useful. It’s organized and hosted by Donna Weth.

We’ll be talking about text structures, one of the most challenging aspects of expository/informational writing. Here’s a groovy announcement for the event.


I hope you’ll be able to attend one—or even both—of these informative online conversations.

12 comments:

  1. Oh yay! I will join for PBChat! I would like to know how hooks differ when writing NF MG.

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    1. That isn't one of the planned questions, but I believe there will be time for questions from participants at the end.

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  2. YES!!! I will be at both of them - I need to hear more about this, and see if I'm on the right track or not.

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  3. Sounds awesome. Excited to be there.

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  4. These sound great, Melissa! Is there a way to follow if we're not on Twitter (like me), or will it be archived somewhere? Thanks!

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    1. I don't think there's a way to follow if you aren't on Twitter. I'm not sure about an archive, but I'll check.

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  5. Is it am or pm on Wednesday? I’m in Hawaii with a 5-hour time difference.

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    1. Good question! Both chats are scheduled for p.m. EST. I guess that's the afternoon for r you. :-)

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    2. Thank you, Melissa. I’m looking forward to it.

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