Tell Your Story: Nonfiction

Nonfiction matters! Publishers crave it. Teachers and librarians need it. Nonfiction connects our children to the world. Stories about real people, real places, science and the physical world are more important now than ever.

Whether you’re writing biography, history, nature, or STEAM/STEM-themed books, we’ve got courses to help you do it.

Maybe you’ve had an idea for a true story and want to learn how to write it. Maybe you’re looking for a place to find community and learn what the industry is looking for in nonfiction books.

No matter where you are on your journey, we’re glad you’re here.  We can give you the skills you need to create the very best nonfiction for kids and teens.

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A Crash Course in Children's Book Publishing

This course covers all aspects of children’s book publishing, from genres and types of books to working with a publisher (and everything in between). Material will be covered via live Zoom sessions and pre-recorded content.

You’ll also have access to weekly live office hours with faculty, and a 1:1 consultation after the course.

Inspiring Children Through Story

“My picture book … deals with parents separating. One little boy, who parents recently divorced, went to bed with [it] many nights. This deeply moved me to know this picture book helped this little boy.

“I tutor 2nd grade reluctant readers. My understanding of picture book structure and prose allows me to help them learn more than words. Rather than just read the story, we talk about it.”

“You mean I get to keep this book forever?”

…Spoken by a child in tears who was gifted with one of my books at a school visit and had never owned a book before.

“When I hear kids giggle while I’m reading [my book] I feel like I’ve done the job I intended to do.

Nonfiction Resources

Jennifer Swanson
Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Story is the Boss

An #HFGather with Sarah Aronson and Susan Campbell Bartoletti

3 Questions With Heidi EY Stemple and Andrea Page about Writing Nonfiction for Children

3 Questions With Heidi EY Stemple and Andrea Page about Writing Nonfiction for Children

My Path to Nonfiction (AKA, When What You Think You Want to Write and What You’re Good at Writing are Not the Same Thing)

My Path to Nonfiction (AKA, When What You Think You Want to Write and What You’re Good at Writing are Not the Same Thing)

(When) Do I Need Permission to Write About Real People and Events?

(When) Do I Need Permission to Write About Real People and Events?

12 Nonfiction Picture Books with Emotional Resonance

12 Nonfiction Picture Books with Emotional Resonance

Nonfiction Workshops

Summer Camp in Writing: Create and Dream!

Summer Camp in Writing: Create and Dream!

Starts: July 14, 2024

Getting the Gig: A Two-Night Mini on Speaking Opportunities for Storytellers

Getting the Gig: A Two-Night Mini on Speaking Opportunities for Storytellers

Starts: August 6, 2024

Writing for the Educational Market: A 6-Week Online Program

Writing for the Educational Market: A 6-Week Online Program

Starts: August 15, 2024

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Successful School Visits: A Three Part Online Course

Starts: August 28, 2024

Becoming a Nonfiction Writer: History, Biography, STEAM, and Much More!

Becoming a Nonfiction Writer: History, Biography, STEAM, and Much More!

Starts: September 9, 2024

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Working Retreat: Experienced Storytellers In-Company

Starts: September 11, 2024

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Just Do It! Your Collaborative Support Group for Finishing Your Draft (Fall)

Starts: September 17, 2024

Working Retreat: Lyrical Picture Books and Poetry

Working Retreat: Lyrical Picture Books and Poetry

Starts: September 26, 2024

Research Techniques: A Two-Night Mini

Research Techniques: A Two-Night Mini

Starts: October 22, 2024

Working Retreat: Revision

Working Retreat: Revision

Starts: November 14, 2024

Get Involved at the Highlights Foundation

Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Celebrating Alyssa Reynoso-Morris’ Book Birthday!

Celebrating Alyssa Reynoso-Morris’ Book Birthday!

That Highlights Magic: From Learning to Write a Book Proposal to Celebrating a Book Birthday

That Highlights Magic: From Learning to Write a Book Proposal to Celebrating a Book Birthday

#HFGather: Here Comes Summer–Reading, Swimming and Gathering

#HFGather: Here Comes Summer–Reading, Swimming and Gathering

Celebrating a Book Birthday: We Mostly Come Out At Night

Celebrating a Book Birthday: We Mostly Come Out At Night

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The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.  Learn more about our impact.