Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2019 Miami: Nonfiction Intensive Agenda




with Carole Boston Weatherford

and Rob Sanders


Ask any teacher or librarian—nonfiction is powerful. Nonfiction can introduce readers to history—facts, people, causes, events, inventions, movements, and more—and motivate those same readers to become informed, active participants in the world. This intensive will lead you to understand how to develop powerful nonfiction (especially picture books) from topic to premise, from structure to thinking beyond didacticism, from research to backmatter, and more. Awarding-winning authors Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders will lead this informative, hands-on intensive and will lead participants to take their manuscripts to the next level and find their place in the world of nonfiction.

HOMEWORK: Each participant should bring at least one nonfiction work-in-progress or nonfiction idea needing development to the intensive. We recommend bringing a printed/hard copy of the manuscript. Each participant may also bring one first page of a nonfiction manuscript for possible critique. Please follow the conference guidelines for formatting your first page.

9:00-9:15 AM—Introductions

9:15-10:00 AM—Finding a Topic (or Letting a Topic Find You)—The Power of Mindmapping—Rob

10:00-10:45 AM—The Power of Premise—Carole

10:45-11:00 AM—Break

11:00-11:30 AM—The Power of Structure—Rob

11:30-Noon—The Power of Verbs & Voice—Carole

Noon-1:00 PM—Lunch

1:00-1:30 PM—The Power of Research: Research Basics—Rob

1:30-2:00 PM—The Power of Research: Picture Research—Carole

2:00-2:15 PM—Break

2:15-3:00 PM—The Power of Back Matter—Carole and Rob will lead you in a lively show-and-tell discussion about the importance of back matter using their books and other mentor texts.

3:00-3:45 PM—The Power of Feedback—First-page Critiques

3:45-4:00 PM—Q&A (or continue First-page Critiques as needed)