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June 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Mini Masterclass: Nature is Full of Stories

$145 – $160

…Turn Them into Books for Children!

with John Himmelman, Award-Winning Children’s Book Author & Illustrator

Tragedy, drama, comedy, and adventure unfold out in nature. Walk the Museum’s Artists’ Trail with Himmelman in search of your next children’s book story. Learn how to turn those natural moments into a captivating tale and get it published.

There are stories being played out every day of the year in every backyard, wood lot, and city park.  Tragedy, drama, comedy, and adventure unfold beneath the leaves, in the trees, and in our ponds, lakes, and puddles.  How do you want to tell those stories?

Masterclass Topics Featured:

  • What’s Been Done?
  • Choosing Your Subject
  • Different Methods and Formats of Nature Books
  • Your Own Style
  • Research
  • Insuring accuracy!
  • Fudging Reality
  • Making the Littlest, Most Insignificant Creature into an Engaging Character
  • Immersing Yourself into the World of Your Character
  • Finding the Right Publishers

John Himmelman is a naturalist, author, and illustrator of many books – for children and adults – on nature. He lectures throughout the country on a variety of natural history topics.

Visit  for more information.

Rain Date: June 20th


June 14
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
$145 – $160
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Florence Griswold
(860) 434-5542


Florence Griswold Museum
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371 United States


Unlimited available
6/14/20 Mini Masterclass: Himmelman - Member$145.00
Unlimited available
6/14/20 Mini Masterclass: Himmelman - NonMember$160.00