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Saturday, September 14 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Writing for the Ages

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These days nonfiction for young readers has become increasingly important in schools, homes, and in public discourse. The question then arises—how does an author write differently for a young audience than for an adult audience? If you are an expert on a subject, how can you simplify and condense the information while making it intriguing and inviting to young readers?
As the author of many books for readers of all ages, Dorothy has lots of experience in this process, including sometimes writing about the same subject matter for different age levels. She will discuss her experiences over time with interesting examples of some of her struggles in the process.
Doug Emlen has written an award-winning book for adults on animal weapons, and his book on the same subject for young readers 8-12 will be published late this year. He will discuss how he and his editor worked to frame his topic effectively for children.
Beverly Chin is Chair of the English Department at UM, and specializes in teaching literature for young readers, including nonfiction. She provides feedback to teachers, librarians, and students and can speak about how she evaluates the books.
After we have given our takes on the subject, we'll open the floor for questions.
This panel is of interest to a wide audience--teachers, librarians, parents, and authors can learn from hearing about the experiences and perspectives of the panelists.

Speakers
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Dorothy Patent

Missoula resident Dorothy Hinshaw Patent has been writing nonfiction books for young readers for more than 40 years, with almost 140 published titles. She was recently featured as the Monday Montanan in the Missoulian newspaper.Her Saturday morning 10:30 panel, "Writing for the Ages... Read More →
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Beverly Chin

BEVERLY ANN CHINis Professor of English, Chair of the English Department, and theDirector of the English Teaching Program and Montana Writing Project at the Universityof Montana. A nationally and internationally known expert in literacy education, Beverlyspecializes in children’s... Read More →
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Douglas Emlen

DOUG EMLENis the Director of Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Evolution at the University of Montana. His adult book, Animal Weapons: The Evolution of Battle, won the Phi Beta Kappa Award in Science in 2015, and his textbook, Evolution: Making Sense of Life, is presently adopted by... Read More →


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