Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


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Tentative Schedule of Events:

7:30-8:00 – Check in & Coffee


8:00-8:15 – Welcome and introductions


8:15-9:30 – KEYNOTE SPEECH –Carolyn Yoder The art of nonfiction writing today, long and short forms. How has the nonfiction industry changed in the last ten years? What opportunities are available?


9:45-10:30 – DIGGING DEEPER: HOW AUTHENTIC RESEARCH LEADS TO AUTHENTIC WRITING –David MeissnerYou don't have to be an official expert on your nonfiction topic. But you do need to conduct solid research. This presentation outlines best practices and explores real-world opportunities that lie beyond the Internet and your local library.


10:30-11:00 – Related Activity let by David Meissner


11:00-11:45 – WRITING FOR THE NONFICTION EDUCATIONAL MARKET Laura Perdew – How to break into the educational Market. How to write proposals, where to query, how to choose assignments, writing to assigned specs and reading levels, advantages and disadvantages. 


11:45-12:05 – Writing Exercise 


12:10-1:15 – LUNCH – a free boxed lunch will be provided, however you may also bring your own food or treat yourself to a meal at Chautauqua’s nearby dining hall.


1:15-2:00 – ORIGINAL WRITING AND ORIGINAL RESEARCH=ORIGINAL NONFICTION —Carolyn Yoder is the senior editor of history and world cultures of HIGHLIGHTS Magazine and senior editor of CALKINS CREEK BOOKS, the U.S. History arm of Boyd's Mill Press. In this presentation she will also discuss working closely with an editor, Magazines AND books.


2:00-2:20 – Question/Answer Session with Carolyn Yoder


2:20-3:20 – NONFICTION WRITING FOR THE FICTION WRITER – Terri Farley– Do you find yourself talking about the true stories behind your fiction? Use your existing skills to turn "out-takes" into non-fiction kids want to read. You'll leave this workshop with the skeleton of a non-fiction book that can build your credibility and broaden your audience. 


3:20-3:40 -ACTIVITY LEAD BY TERRI FARLEY: Terri's tested Yester-Box allows you to use existing experiences and skills to identify a real life issue you care about that meshes with fiction you have written or want to write. Create the skeleton of a non-fiction book which builds their credibility and creates a broader audience for your fiction 


3:40-3:45 – BREAK


3:45-4:45 – QUESTION/ANSWER PANEL – Carolyn Yoder, David Meissner, Terri Farley, Laura Perdew

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