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

8 Things to Consider When You Want to Write Creative Nonfiction for Children

8 Things to Consider When You Want to Write Creative Nonfiction for Children

12 Signs That You are Destined to Write Middle Grade Nonfiction

12 Signs That You are Destined to Write Middle Grade Nonfiction

Meeting the Needs of 3 Different Audiences for the Educational Market

Meeting the Needs of 3 Different Audiences for the Educational Market

The Intersection of Science & Social Studies: Can Creative Combinations Enhance Your Writing for Children?

The Intersection of Science & Social Studies: Can Creative Combinations Enhance Your Writing for Children?

Nonfiction Workshops

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Stories from Our Highlights Foundation Alumni

Rebecca Kai Dotlich on Loving Words and Writing Poetry for Children

Rebecca Kai Dotlich on Loving Words and Writing Poetry for Children

Jennifer Jacobson and An Na Talk About Fear and the Creative Process

Jennifer Jacobson and An Na Talk About Fear and the Creative Process

Scholarship Thanks:  Exactly Where I Was Supposed to Be

Scholarship Thanks: Exactly Where I Was Supposed to Be

Jennifer Jacobson and Ruth Behar About How Each Genre Requires a Different Creative Processes

Jennifer Jacobson and Ruth Behar About How Each Genre Requires a Different Creative Processes

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