There’s never been a better or more important time for nonfiction. Humanity depends on a fact-based understanding of the world. But your work doesn’t have to read like an encyclopedia entry. In fact, it can read as powerfully as fiction.
But how do you take a heap of facts and tell a satisfying story? One key step is seeing the main theme of your subject, whether it is a life, a historical event, or a form of technology.
This is both the hard part and the thrilling part—and it’s what will set your book apart from every other one on the subject.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how to build a system for organizing and focusing the big picture in your research. You’ll learn how to build parallel timelines so that you master not only your subject, but the context. You’ll also see spots where you need to dive deeper, as well as unexpected connections.
Martha Brockenbrough is the award-winning author of more than twenty books for young readers. She is a former journalist and question writer for Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She founded National Grammar Day and teaches in the MFA program at Vermont College of Fine Arts.