Speaking to Adults

 
Fiona welcomes the opportunity to share her passion for children's writing with adults at conferences, library presentations or other events.  She is comfortable speaking to large audiences or in an intimate workshop setting.  Her talks are always informative, engaging, and sprinkled with her wry sense of humour.  She loves to share what she knows about writing and the children's publishing industry.

Fiona's Background

Fiona is the author of BUBBLE HOMES AND FISH FARTS (Charlesbridge) and 14 other quirky science books for kids, such as: THE OCEAN EXPLORER's HANDBOOK (Scholastic 2005), SOUND: A QUESTION AND ANSWER BOOK, STATES OF MATTER: A QUESTION AND ANSWER BOOK (Capstone 2006). She also brings the "Ew!", "Cool!", and "Phew!" of science to kids and teens, in almost 100 magazine articles, as well as in educational databases and literacy & science curriculum resources. 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
     
 
 
Presentations
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  • BREAKING INTO CHILDREN'S NONFICTION MAGAZINE WRITING 
    Magazine writing is a great way to get your feet wet in children's writing.  B
    uild a clip file of magazine articles as a stepping stone to a book contract, or write for magazines as an end in itself---once bitten by the byline bug, it's hard to let go!  What does it take to break into children's nonfiction magazine writing?  An enthusiastic appreciation for "Ew!", "Cool!" and "Phew!" helps, but Fiona will share practical techniques, tips, and tools to shorten your journey to publication.  She'll take you through the ins and outs and quirks and peculiarities of writing for children's nonfiction magazine markets.  She'll cover article ideas, markets, and query letters, as well as touch on research, interviews and keeping track of it all.  Learn how to find out what editors want and how to sell it to them before you write it.  That first byline is just around the corner!
  • HOW TO TALK LIKE A KID AND A PHYSICIST AT THE SAME TIME:
    Writing nonfiction so kids will "get it'
    Kids' curiosity knows no boundaries, so why should your writing?  This workshop will show how to explain and present nonfiction information of any type---not just science---to kids in ways that are fun, relevant, and easy to understand.  You'll come away with practical tools and creative ways to help kids "get it" while balancing simplification and accuracy.  Ancient history or solar physics for 9-year-olds?  No problem.  

  • SO, YOU'VE WRITTEN A KIDS' BOOK...WHAT'S NEXT?
    Is it ready for a publisher? How and when do you find a publisher?  What do you send to the publisher?  What about illustrations? Can you publish it yourself?  When will you see your book in print?  Fiona will help you find the answers to these questions and more as she guides you through the maze of children's fiction and nonfiction genres and publishers.  You'll learn what editors want to see in a submission, how and when to approach them, and what you can do to improve your chances of acceptance.  

  • TEN THINGS EVERY CHILDREN'S WRITER SHOULD KNOW
    What do established writers wish they had known when starting out?  What's the scoop? Are there myths to be busted and secrets you should know? This presentation is packed with craft and industry tips
    to help new children's writers navigate the children's writing biz with confidence.
  • THE NONFICTION ZONE
    (Ten Things Every Children's Nonfiction Writer Should Know)
    What do established nonfiction writers wish they had known when starting out? What's the scoop? Are there myths to be busted and secrets you should know? This workshop is packed with craft and industry information to help new nonfiction writers step with confidence through the kids' nonfiction writing biz. Prepare to enter...The Nonfiction Zone.
 
     
 
 
Past Venues
 
  • Surrey International Writers' Conference 
  • Vancouver Public Library/CWILL "Get Published" Panel 
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Alaska 
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators - Western Canada 
  • Chilliwack Public Library
 
     
 
 
Contact Information
 

For more information, fees, and available dates, please email Fiona at:

 

fiona @ fionabayrock.com  (remove spaces)

   
Thank you for your interest!

 
 
   

 

 Text Fiona Bayrock  
  Book Illustration
Carolyn Digby Conahan   Cartoon Art 2005 Ruth McNally Barshaw
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Last Updated: May 23, 2012
fiona @ fionabayrock.com  ...remove spaces