The First 500 Words
Every word in a book is important, but few are more vital to nail than the first 500 words. It’s a surprisingly complex endeavor, and Martha Brockenbrough will show you the six elements you need to master to attract the attention of a literary agent or editor. What’s more, developing the same elements throughout your book will make the work as a whole stronger.
Martha Brockenbrough writes fiction and nonfiction for young readers and adults. Her novel The Game of Love and Death won a Washington State Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Bookseller Association Award, and was a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. Forthcoming titles include Alexander Hamilton: Revolutionary, the first young-adult biography of the founding father. She teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts writing for children and young adults MFA program.
I'll be giving a keynote speech and more at this fantastic conference for Ohio teachers.
Learn how to write a sparkling query letter and get an agent’s attention, with novelist and nonfiction writer Martha Brockenbrough.
Knowing how to talk about your work and make it compelling is vital when you’re looking for an agent. Learn what to do—and what to avoid—when querying. We’ll also take a look at writing a synopsis of your book.
I'll be one of two dozen or so authors meeting booksellers and consumers at each table, talking about books and answering questions about books, writing, and—if my dream come true—puppies.
Join me, Samantha Berger, and Dave Pressler for some hair-raising reading, a giant puppet and photographic fun at the Barnes & Noble in the Grove. We'll read BACK TO SCHOOL WITH BIGFOOT and other hilarious titles, hand out stickers and bookmarks, and enjoy one of the last summer Saturdays before school starts up again.
I'll be celebrating the great work of readers in this Silverdale School District.
Serendipity 2017 looks to the stages of development between childhood and teenage years, from the humorous antics of Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird to Jennifer A. Nielsen’s exploration of young life during the Holocaust in A Night Divided, and Martha Brockenbrough’s Game of Love and Death, a tale of destiny and personal choice throughout various times and places. The work of these three phenomenal artists, from picture books to nonfiction to historical novels, will make you laugh, cry, and think about humanity in surprising ways.
I'll be thanking The Seattle Public Library's volunteers for their amazing support of the Library and the community. We'll start with a jazz concert featuring Lucy Berliant, and then I'll talk about The Game of Love and Death, how I researched it, and how libraries are invaluable support for the arts. This is a private event for invited volunteers and their guests.
How do you write a query letter, find an agent or get more involved in the writing community. We’ll discuss the writing process, finding our way to our best writing genre, and defining success in a writing career.
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Language and literature: What no one ever taught you about grammar, and the obligations of readers and writers in an ever-changing world
Martha Brockenbrough is the founder of National Grammar Day and the author of several books for children, teens, and adults. Her latest novel, The Game of Love and Death, is an interracial love story set in Seattle in the 1930s, and was selected by the American Library Association’s Booklist as one of the year’s top 10 romances, and is a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize.