The University of Iowa

Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Jacqueline Briggs Martin is the author of nineteen picture books for children including Snowflake Bentley, which received a Caldecott medal in 1999.

Her books have been named Smithsonian Magazine’s and Kirkus Review’s “Best Book” lists; won a Golden Kite Honor Award; been selected three times for the Lupine Award, given by the Maine Library Association “to recognize an outstanding contribution to children's literature of Maine;” been named four times to the Blue Ribbon List of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books; to the Smithsonian Magazine's List of Notable Books for Children.

In 2018 Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Re-mix (co-written with June Jo Lee) was named an Orbis Pictus Honor Book by the NCTE and a Sibert Honor Book by the ALA. Creekfinding: A True Story received the Green Earth Award for Environmental Writing for Children.

Martin has taught creative writing at Cornell College, and at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival. She currently is on the faculty at Hamline University’s Low Residency M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Instructor Events

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Instructor(s): 
Sarah Sadie
Jacqueline Briggs Martin

Writers hear all the time that it’s important to be specific in our stories, that we should write what we know, and find our own voice…but the nitty-gritty of how to do those things can be elusive. In this workshop, we will spend our week focusing on the words we choose. We’ll take time to look at verbs, at how to put words to sensory experience, and how to write into our specific meaning, as well as when, why, and how to use rhythm and repetition. We’ll explore the ways we can become better, more precise, users of language in our picture books.

Weeklong July 12 to July 17 2020
Instructor(s): 
Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Sarah Sadie

Writers hear all the time that it’s important to be specific in our stories, that we should write what we know, and find our own voice…but the nitty-gritty of how to do those things can be elusive. In this workshop, we will spend our week focusing on the words we choose. We’ll take time to look at verbs, at how to put words to sensory experience, and how to write into our specific meaning, as well as when, why, and how to use rhythm and repetition. We’ll explore the ways we can become better, more precise, users of language in our picture books.