The 4th Annual 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference was just great (June 10-12 at Iona College in New York) …the faculty and attendees are really excited about the direction nonfiction is taking.
The Conference began early with five 3-hour Intensives on Friday, including content on Basic Children’s Nonfiction, What’s Happening in Digital, Writers Working with Educators, the Publishing Process, and Publicity, Promotion & Social Media, which I did with Julie Gribble (KidLit TV) and Kelly Leonard (KLO Assoc).
There were five hosted Open Tables (conversations on Book Awards, the Sibert Medal, book Back Matter, Branding, more), plus 1-to-1 Consultations, a panel on NF Trends, and a fun outdoor barbecue. The weather was perfect the whole weekend!
Saturday had lots of workshops, including information on Agents, Writing and Illustrating for NF magazines, YA & Teen NF, Indie Publishing, How Libraries & Teachers Choose Books, Multimedia, and lots more, including Diversity & Multiculturalism presented by Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome, and Domenica DiPiazza.
The Publishers Panel with trade and educational publishers…
An elegant and fun Celebration Dinner wrapped up the evening.
On Sunday, Cyndi Giorgis (NCTE) gave a talk on Literacy and Nonfiction. More workshops: Graphic Nonfiction; Science Standards; Finding NF Work; Permissions for using Text, Image, Video Files, others.
I did two workshops – Marketing, Building Your Brand, Videos with Julie Gribble and Taking Work Crossmedia with Sarah Towle of TTT&T.
Here’s a 6-second Vine video Julie Gribble did of our first Intensive, with Kelly Leonard. Julie taught the class about Vines… https://vine.co/v/i3LiVHeIpOF/embed/simple?audio=1
Here’s another 6-second Vine of me teaching: https://vine.co/v/i3YQPzKvXEm/embed/simple?audio=1
It is a particularly warm and friendly conference. Attendees, many of whom have come for several years, mention often how accessible the faculty is. It isn’t a conference for beginners – most participants (teachers, librarians, writers, illustrators) have published in some media, are mid-list authors, or are accomplished in another field and want to migrate into nonfiction children’s books. Lionel Bender and Sally Isaacs do a fabulous job of organizing it all…everything runs very smoothly.
All in all, a really helpful, fun, and energizing experience.
(All photos: Bo Zaunders)
Here’s a short fun video overview of the Conference done by KidLit TV on YouTube: