For Teachers and Librarians
- Downloadable teachers’ guide to NIGHT BECOME DAY: CHANGES IN NATURE (coming soon)
- Video introduction to NIGHT BECOMES DAY: CHANGES IN NATURE on YouTube (coming soon)
- Books to pair with NIGHT BECOMES DAY for kids who want to learn more (coming soon)
- Pinterest boards:
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.
- 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.
- ZWIN blogpost about Cynthia’s “Cybersecurity 101” presentation at the library (Feb. 2020)
- Author Interview on Mindy Baker’s blog (Sept. 2019) We talk about where I get ideas, organizing research, writing-for-hire, and three joys that make the work worthwhile.