Writing for the Educational Market 2019

About us


Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational market!

If the words “educational market” make you think of boring workbooks and textbooks, it’s time to think again! Today’s educational publishers are eager to see lively nonfiction, fast-paced fiction, poetry, and more. The rules for educational writing are different, but the end result is creative, exciting, and kid-pleasing. Whether your interest is straight informational nonfiction, narrative nonfiction, fiction, or poetry, this workshop will help you find your niche in the educational market.

What You’ll Learn

Join us for

Market-specific information;

Techniques for meeting specs and leveling text;

Plenty of hands-on writing; and

Practice at producing submissions packages.

BONUS: Opportunities to interact with editors at educational publishing companies

Who Should Attend

Anyone who is interested in finding out how to work in the educational market.


Sample Schedule (from 2018)





Nonfiction Opportunities in the Educational Market

Nonfiction Steps to Success

Preparing for Success: Building Your Introductory Packet/Writing Samples

Guest Editor Session

Crafting Your Resume/Cover Letters

Free Time (Writing, Informal Group Critiques, or Networking/Socializing)


Adding Humor to Fiction and Nonfiction

Responding to Editorial Feedback; Adjusting to Specs

Guest Editor Session

Small Group Writing Exercise, Nonfiction

Private Writing Time; One-on-one Consultations

Free Time (Writing, Informal Group Critiques, or Networking/Socializing)


Fiction Opportunities in the Educational Market

Fiction Steps to Success

Poetry in the Educational Market

Small Group Writing Exercise, Fiction

Private Writing Time; One-on-one Consultations

Free Time (Writing, Informal Group Critiques, or Networking/Socializing)


Series Writing for the Educational Market

Understanding and Applying Curriculum Standards as a Writer

Open Q&A

Lunch & Farewells


Paula Morrow: Thinking for Three

Jan Fields: Putting the Fun In

Jan Fields: Choose Your Own Writing Adventure

Julia Garstecki: Breaking Into the Educational Market


“Great opportunity to hear from a variety of experts and specialists who had so much to offer including concrete support and contacts.”

“Jan and Paula were the best. They were a great balance, both knowledgeable, approachable and obviously the best in the business.”

“The perfect tag team! Infinitely qualified and approachable.”

“Jan and Paula are wonderful speakers, teachers, mentors, and fun to hang out with. I absolutely loved my time with them. I could not have asked for better speakers.”

“This is a fantastic workshop. I came not knowing how the educational market works. And now I know exactly what to do to find work for hire, write book proposals, work for book packagers, etc.”

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