Michelle Markel

 Instructor Biography:

MA, whose picture books include Brave Girl: Clara and the Shirtwaist Makers’ Strike of 1909, winner of an NCTE Orbis Pictus honor and the Bank St. College’s Flora Stieglitz Strauss award; The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau, winner of the 2013 PEN/Steven Kroll award and the Parents’ Choice Gold award; and Tyrannosaurus Math, a 2010 Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choice.

Instructor Statement:

I’m a rabid picture book fan. I love to read them, I love to write them. My attitude is, the best in the genre are works of art, so why shouldn’t yours be? How will you get there? In my class for beginning writers, you’ll learn how the masters of a wide variety of picture books work their magic. You’ll practice using these same techniques in writing exercises. Just as important, we work on self-confidence, so you’re not afraid of taking risks in your writing. I try to create a classroom that’s nurturing for students of all levels of expertise, even the most insecure fledgling. My goal is to help students discover their unique gifts as writers. It’s a great moment when the entire class feels the beauty of a certain line, the spell of a certain scene. There’s nothing more exciting than that.

Our Students Say it Best!

“Michelle was knowledgeable and challenging. She was fully prepared and organized. It seemed she had even more to share than we had time for. She was generous in her guidance and written comments.” — Writers’ Program Student

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