Master Class in Writing Nonfiction for Children & Young Adults 2019

About This Event


Work with our talented group of mentors to explore all facets of factual writing!

Nonfiction matters! Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, and really interesting world events are more important now than ever. Our master class explores nonfiction from many angles: the editorial, the business, and, most importantly, the art of telling true stories.

What You’ll Learn

Work with our talented group of mentors to explore factual writing through a range of topics, including nonfiction voice, biography, memoir, nature writing, science writing, and narrative nonfiction.

Your mentor will help guide you in your revisions or explore story ideas during daily one-to-one sessions.

Develop necessary research and interview skills.

Explore today’s magazine and trade-book markets.

Investigate visual design through illustration and photography.

Connect with acquiring editors.

Who Should Attend

Anyone who has an interest in writing nonfiction for children. Attendees will submit a picture book manuscript, the first chapter of a longer piece of nonfiction (2,000 words max), or a book or magazine proposal. (Note: Proposals must include sample writing.)


Understanding What Readers Want

Writing Inspiration: Using Mentor Texts

The Art of Biography, Short Form and Long

Secrets to Breaking into Print

The Extreme Sport of Research

The Art and Craft of Narrative Nonfiction

Using Investigative Journalism to Research Your Story

Exploring Photography and Visual Design

Questions Are More Important than Answers

Beginnings: How to Set the Trap That Will Entice Young Readers

Mining Personal Experiences to Enliven Nonfiction

World Building in History: Identifying Sources, Reading Against the Grain, and Finding the Heart of the Moment

What Are Acquiring Editors Looking For?

A History of Writing History: What Works, What Doesn’t, What Might, and Why?

The Art of Biography, Short Form and Long


12 signs that you are destined to write middle grade nonfiction

Interview with Carole Boston Weatherford from NCTE Language Arts.

Theme in Narrative Nonfiction

STEAMing Into Nonfiction

Seven Ways to Make Your Nonfiction Stand Out

The hard-but-satisfying work of creative nonfiction

True Storytelling


“The faculty was outstanding in every regard. Their insight, kindness, generosity, approachability, and availability was beyond anything I’ve ever experienced at a writing conference.”

“Master Class in Nonfiction was taught by the best professionals in the field, who are committed to their craft and genuinely care about teaching and sharing their expertise. The curriculum was very well structured. The one-on-one meetings were tailored to fit individual student needs. The class size was small and intimate. Overall, I learned a lot and continue to benefit from the knowledge I gained at the workshop. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in learning how to write nonfiction from practicing professionals in the industry.”

“On day one of the workshop, I knew I had made the right decision. With insights from expert presenters, incredible feedback from a dedicated mentor, inspiration from other attendees, and just enough time to write and reflect, I came out of the workshop with not only new insights into how to polish my current manuscripts but also a new picture book idea and first draft.”— Read more about attendee Erica Swallow’s experience at the 2017 Master Class in Writing Nonfiction.

Cancellation Policy

100% deposit refund for cancellation 30+ days before event.
50% deposit refund for cancellation 15-29 days before event.
0% deposit refund for cancellation 0-14 days before event.
The remaining balance (total price minus deposit) is due upon arrival.
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