Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Adventures in Nonfiction Workshop: Part II

Date(s) - 09/07/2019
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hiawatha Community Center
101 Emmens Street - Hiawatha, IA 52233


September 7, 2019
8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. 


Cost: $100 – Members / $140 – Non-Members

**No Early Bird Discount**


Registration begins on July 20 at 9:00 AM.

Location: Hiawatha Community Center

(Note: You do NOT have to have attended Part 1 to attend Part 2)



Jacqueline Briggs Martin- Author

Jackie Briggs Martin is the author of more than 20 picture books for children, including the Caldecott Award-winning Snowflake Bentley. She celebrated the release of two new picture books in 2017—Creekfinding (University of Minnesota Press, illustrated by Claudia McGehee) and Roy Choi and the Street Food Re-mix (Readers To Eaters; co-authored with June Jo Lee, illustrated by Man One). Martin is on the faculty of Hamline University’s M.F.A. in Writing for Children and Young Adults Program.




Carolyn Yoder – Senior Editor, Calkins Creek Books

Carolyn P. Yoder is the senior editor of Calkins Creek Books, the fifteen-year-old U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills Press, a Highlights Company. Calkins Creek publishes nonfiction and historical fiction picture books, nonfiction, and historical fiction novels for middle graders and young adults.  Calkins Creek titles have won numerous awards, most notably the Sibert Medal, two Sibert Honors, the Coretta Scott King Illustration Honor, and two Jane Addams Book Awards. Previously Carolyn was editor-in-chief and associate publisher of Cobblestone Publishing, a writer at the New Jersey Historical Society, and director of the New Hampshire Antiquarian Society. She lives and works in Lawrenceville, NJ.




Miranda Paul – Author

Miranda Paul is an award-winning author of more than a dozen fiction and nonfiction books for children. One Plastic Bag, Water is Water, and I Am Farmer were all named Junior Library Guild selections and her book Whose Hands Are These? was a 2017 ILA Teacher’s Choice. Her 2019 book Nine Months, illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Jason Chin released simultaneously in four languages. This year also marks the release of Little Libraries, Big Heroes (illustrated by John Parra) and her editorial debut, Thanku: Poems of Gratitude, an illustrated collection of poetry featuring 32 celebrated children’s writers. Learn more at


Tentative Schedule:

8:00-8:30 AM Registration

8:30 AM Welcome (Eileen)

8:30-11:30 AM Creative Nonfiction & Informational Fiction Picture Books with Miranda Paul What’s the line between fiction and nonfiction? Where will your book get shelved? This presentation provides an overview of creative nonfiction picture books as well as informational fiction picture books and supply picture book writers with tools and tips they can use through the research, writing, revising, and submitting stages.

11:30-12:30 Lunch on Your Own

12:30-3:30 Writing Picture Book Biographies with Jacqueline Briggs Martin- Jacqueline will talk about writing memorable and award-winning picture book biographies for both large and small publishers. Want to take your writing to the next level? Then you do not want to miss this session!

3:45-4:45 Working Closely with an Editor- A Behind the Scenes look into the workings of Calkins Creek Books, the US History imprint of HIGHLIGHTS with Carolyn Yoder. 

4:45 Raffle/Good-Byes