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Marc N.
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I speak kid: high-impact/low-stress writing tips from award-winning author of 80+ children's books
When I was 9, I won a Mother's Day poem-writing contest. My first thought: "I can't believe no one else entered." Several decades later, I *still* don't know if that's why I won, but now that I'm the published author of 80+ books for children, I do know this: writing creatively is an adventure. It's also a must. If you are going to write at all, write with flair! You would eat a bowl of ice cream as is, but if offered a topping, wouldn't you take it? It makes the experience more delicious for the reader, but also for YOU, the writer. The entertainer! This is not your typical writing session. I make it fun and funny. If you're an avid writer, this is for you. If you're a reluctant writer, same! I've worked with all kinds of kids. Each session will involve lively discussion and mind-blowing tips...you won't want it to end. So let's get started!
About Marc N.

When I was your age, my parents forced me to take judo. And guitar. And computing programming. And writing. But before I tried those activities, I did not know which I would like. I thought I would like guitar, but I didn't. I did not think I would like writing THAT much, but I did. SO much that it became my job! You are the same. You also don't already know everything that will become your passion. I've had the privilege of teaching creative writing to kids around the world for years, and the kids have taught me, too: I've learned a lot about what kids like and what you don't. That mean I focus on the FUN of writing. No tests, no stress. I make sure my writing sessions have something for ALL, even you kids who are forced to do them. We'll work at your pace, with subjects you like as much as possible, to help you become the writer you did not know you could be. I'm not saying that writing will become your passion. I am saying that you will enjoy our time together. No need to take my word for it; here's feedback from one of the many schools I've presented at: "In 30 years of hosting best-selling authors, Marc's presentation was the best I have ever witnessed. Judging from the student response, he transformed what it means to be a writer." —Karen Palko, teacher, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia But I can't help you with judo.

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Teaches Elementary, Middle School

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Teaching since 2001

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BA American Studies

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Marc N.
Teaches Online
I speak kid: high-impact/low-stress writing tips from award-winning author of 80+ children's books
When I was 9, I won a Mother's Day poem-writing contest. My first thought: "I can't believe no one else entered." Several decades later, I *still* don't know if that's why I won, but now that I'm the published author of 80+ books for children, I do know this: writing creatively is an adventure. It's also a must. If you are going to write at all, write with flair! You would eat a bowl of ice cream as is, but if offered a topping, wouldn't you take it? It makes the experience more delicious for the reader, but also for YOU, the writer. The entertainer! This is not your typical writing session. I make it fun and funny. If you're an avid writer, this is for you. If you're a reluctant writer, same! I've worked with all kinds of kids. Each session will involve lively discussion and mind-blowing tips...you won't want it to end. So let's get started!
About Marc N.

When I was your age, my parents forced me to take judo. And guitar. And computing programming. And writing. But before I tried those activities, I did not know which I would like. I thought I would like guitar, but I didn't. I did not think I would like writing THAT much, but I did. SO much that it became my job! You are the same. You also don't already know everything that will become your passion. I've had the privilege of teaching creative writing to kids around the world for years, and the kids have taught me, too: I've learned a lot about what kids like and what you don't. That mean I focus on the FUN of writing. No tests, no stress. I make sure my writing sessions have something for ALL, even you kids who are forced to do them. We'll work at your pace, with subjects you like as much as possible, to help you become the writer you did not know you could be. I'm not saying that writing will become your passion. I am saying that you will enjoy our time together. No need to take my word for it; here's feedback from one of the many schools I've presented at: "In 30 years of hosting best-selling authors, Marc's presentation was the best I have ever witnessed. Judging from the student response, he transformed what it means to be a writer." —Karen Palko, teacher, International School of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia But I can't help you with judo.

Levels taught

Teaches Elementary, Middle School

Teaching since

Teaching since 2001

Education

BA American Studies

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 8+

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My teenage daughter had two lessons a week to create short stories. As difficult it was, Marc motivated her and she was able complete each story on time. He provided constructive feed back that made her next short story even better. Marc, made the experience enjoyable rather than just another English class.

Posted May 18, 2021
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Zoe had a great time and is excited to continue with her story. I think this was a great experience and the time and attention that Marc gave really motivated her to work on improving her creative writing. Thanks, Marc!

Posted Aug 24, 2020
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My 4th grader really enjoys the lessons (and she's not an easy sell!). She happily writes her stories without any nagging, and looks forward to discussing them with Marc. She has begged me to keep signing her up for lessons throughout the summer. It's been a great experience!

Posted May 29, 2020
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creative writing instructor
Jun 2015 - Present
Landon/Bullis/other schools
I'm the award-winning author of more than 80 books for young people including "Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman," which changed history and inspired an unprecedented feature documentary called "Batman & Bill." Other titles include "The Chupacabra Ate the Candelabra," "Brave Like My Brother," and "Thirty Minutes Over Oregon: A Japanese Pilot's World War II Story." I've been speaking in schools since 2001 (now 50+ a year), running writing workshops for young people for nearly as long, and teaching high-rated creative writing camps since 2015.
BA American Studies
Aug 1990 - May 1994
Brandeis University
Orbis Pictus Honor
Nov 2018
National Council of Teachers of English

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Instructor details
Creative Writing
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
45 minutes
$50
60 minutes
$75
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30