For Teachers and Librarians


For Writers

Here are some of the conferences, courses, and blogs I recommend. Clicking the titles will take you to websites for more information.

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI): This professional organization helps writers improve their craft and build community. It sponsors local, regional, and national conferences. I have been an active member since 2011.
  • Institute of Children’s Literature: When I began writing for children, I enrolled in a mentoring program with the Institute of Children’s Literature. The course provided a valuable introduction to the business of children’s publishing. They also offer a convivial podcast!
  • Highlights Foundation Workshops: I attended a Highlights workshop on crafting picture-book biographies. I met friends there who have enriched my literary life. The setting is idyllic, and the food is phenomenal.
  • Nonfiction Fest: A group of writers called the “Nonfiction Chicks” hosted Nonfiction Fest in February 2020. Throughout the month, they posted a new article each day by a nonfiction author, agent, or editor. These posts are a wealth of inspiration and information!
  • The Writing Barn: I attended a weekend intensive at The Writing Barn. During the class, I enjoyed meeting other authors and publishing professionals. The talks were meaningful, and the setting was unique and convivial.
  • 12 x 12 Writing Challenge: This online program challenges authors to write 12 manuscripts in 12 months. Each month, there are webinars and discussions to encourage and support writers.
  • Beachside Nonfiction Retreat: Authors Candace Fleming and Jennifer Swanson teamed up to offer this new writing conference in May 2019. We enjoyed focused presentations and inspiring speakers.
  • Midwest Writers Workshop: This conference includes lectures and workshops on all types of publishing. I met several friends there who became trusted critique partners.

For Kids

  • Video links related to NIGHT BECOMES DAY (coming soon)

Blogs About Nonfiction

  • Celebrate Science: Melissa Stewart writes and celebrates nonfiction for kids. She knows that many young readers gravitate to true stories and enjoy fun facts. Her award-winning blog helps teachers and parents find books these kids will love.
  • Archimedes Notebook: Sue Heavenrich blogs about science and science-themed books for kids. On Fridays, she reviews nonfiction titles she’s discovered. On Wednesdays, she blogs about details she notices in nature.

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