Conferences and Courses for Writers

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

This professional organization helps writers improve their craft and meet others involved in children’s publishing. 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 one-on-one mentorship course with the Institute of Children’s Literature. The course provided a valuable introduction to the business side of children’s publishing.

Highlights Foundation Workshops

I attended a Highlights workshop on crafting picture-book biographies. The teachers and friends I met there have enriched my literary life.

The Writing Barn

I attended a weekend intensive at The Writing Barn and enjoyed meeting other authors and publishing professionals. The talks were meaningful, and the setting was unique and convivial.

Midwest Writers Workshop

This conference includes lectures and workshops on all types of publishing, not just children’s literature. I met several friends there who became trusted critique partners.

Blogs about Nonfiction for Kids

Celebrate Science

Melissa Stewart writes and celebrates nonfiction for kids. She knows that many young readers seek out true stories and enjoy treasure troves of 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 around her, often including photos of interesting things she has seen during the week.