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Non-Fiction That Rocks the World

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/18/2021
12:00 am


Non-Fiction That Rocks the World!

September 18th, 2021 — Non-Fiction Day Online Conference

Registration Ends Thursday, September 16 at 5:00 PM. No exceptions.

Sessions will be recorded and available to conference registrants for 30 days following the conference.

  • Cost for SCBWI Members: $25.00
  • Cost for Nonmembers: $50.00

**Payment can be made online during registration with a major credit card or sent by check to SCBWI Iowa, 6732 Northview Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322**

Written Critiques:

Critiques are assigned as first-come-first-served basis and are $50.00 per critique. 

  • Megan Abbate (Assistant Editor at Bloomsbury): 10 critiques
  • Lisa Amstutz (Agent at Storm Literary): 10 critiques
  • Katie Heit (Editor at Scholastic): 10 critiques
  • Rita Lorraine Hubbard (Author): 10 critiques
  • Katherine House (Author): 10 Research Consultations: 

Katherine will offer research consultations for anyone working on a nonfiction project who wants a little help. Are you overwhelmed about where to start? Stymied by dead ends? Perplexed about where to find potential photos? To sign up for a research consultation, submit up to 250 words about your project, your research challenges, etc. Katherine will do some independent research on your topic before a virtual consultation.

For Written Critiques: Submit the first 10 pages and a synopsis in standard manuscript format or full picture book manuscript (double-spaced; 12 point Times New Roman or Arial font) to iowa-ra@scbwi.org by 5:00 PM Friday, August 6, 5:00 PM. Late submissions will be charged, but not critiqued. Your subject line should include the title of your manuscript by your first and last name. Example: Eileen Boggess, The Best Novel Ever Written

For Katherine House’s Research Consultations: Katherine will offer research consultations for anyone working on a nonfiction project who wants a little help. Are you overwhelmed about where to start? Stymied by dead ends? Perplexed about where to find potential photos? To sign up for a research consultation, submit up to 250 words about your project, your research challenges, etc. to iowa-ra@scbwi.org by 5:00 PM Friday, August 6, 5:00 PM. Late submissions will be charged, but not critiqued. Your subject line should include the title of your topic and your first and last name. Example: Sloths by Eileen Boggess. Katherine will do some independent research on your topic before a virtual consultation.

 

Tentative Zoom Schedule (Central Time)

8:15 AM Welcome 

8:30-9:45 AM  Writing STEM in Nonfiction by Lisa Amstutz

10:00-11:00 AM  Successful Approaches to Nonfiction by Megan Abbate

11:15 AM-12:30 PM  Finding Unsung Heroes and Plotting Them in Picture Books by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

1:00-2:15 PM   Nonfiction with a Series Lens by Katie Heit

Editor Katie Heit will talk about what makes a nonfiction series successful. She’ll go through some of the most successful nonfiction series on the market, discuss how planning a series is different than drafting a stand-alone, and talk about best practices when pitching a series to agents and editors. She will also share how she approaches new picture book and chapter book series and outline the IP process for developing new series ideas. 

2:30-3:45 PM   Beyond the Basics: Doing In-Depth Research by Katherine House

Anyone can do a Google search or read Wikipedia to learn more about a topic. But how do you discover details that make your writing come alive? Or find experts who are as passionate about your topic as you are? Katherine will cover the ins and outs of in-depth research in a wide-ranging talk full of tips and takeaways. She will direct you to helpful resources and show you how children’s writers use obscure sources to flesh out their subjects.

Faculty

Megan Abbate

 

Megan Abbate is an editor at Bloomsbury Children’s, acquiring nonfiction for kids across all formats and age ranges. Books she’s edited include Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard and Juana Martinez Neal, Baseball’s Leading Lady by Andrea Williams, and Mary’s Monster by Lita Judge. As a former teacher, she is particularly interested in projects with curriculum connections and classroom read-aloud potential. Megan was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and attended college in Ohio before moving to NYC. When she’s not reading or editing you can often find her watching musicals and hockey games. She occasionally posts on twitter at @megadoooodle.

 

 

 

 

 

Lisa Amstutz

 

Lisa Amstutz is an Associate Agent with Storm Literary Agency. She has written more than 150 books for the educational and trade markets as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. As an editor and mentor, she worked with writers to shape and polish their manuscripts, many of which went on to land agents or book contracts. She also edited materials for several publishing companies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Heit is an Editor at Scholastic, where she edits nonfiction picture books and chapter books, as well as select fiction picture book titles. She works with many nonfiction authors, including Monica Clark-Robinson, Charles R. Smith, Jr., Sandra Markle, and Denise Lewis Patrick, among others. She is drawn to books that approach nonfiction in a unique, kid-friendly way and is especially on the lookout for nature and STEAM topics.

 

 

 

 

 

Katherine House is the author of two nonfiction books for young readers published by Chicago Review Press: Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities and The White House for Kids: A History of a Home, Office, and National Symbol with 21 Activities. Her favorite part of being a writer is the research process. Katherine has conducted research at the American Kennel Club library, the Harry S. Truman Library, the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, and the U.S. Coast Guard Historian’s Office, among other places. A native of the Washington, D.C., area, she lives in Iowa City, Iowa, with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

Rita Hubbard

 

 

Rita Lorraine Hubbard is the author of THE OLDEST STUDENT and HAMMERING FOR FREEDOM and has also penned a number of nonfiction books for teens and adults. She lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and runs the children’s book review site, Picture Book Depot, and the historical site, The Black History Channel. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For questions about registration, please contact Cindy Johnson at IASCBWI.registrar@gmail.com.

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