Open Table Conversations

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Casual conversations in an informal setting allow you to discuss with others who share your interest in a particular topic. Who knows where the conversations can go, or where it will take you!


Open Table Conversations are scheduled for Friday at 4:30 – 5:30 PM and Saturday 5:15 – 6:15 PM.


FRIDAY, JUNE 10 • 4:30 - 5:30 PM


  • The Value of an MFA
    Hosted by Steven Hobbs, Professor, College of New Rochelle


  • Getting Your Book Considered for Awards: An Inside Perspective on the Sibert Medal
    Hosted by Sue McLeaf Nespeca, M.Ed. Early Literacy Specialist and Former Chair of the Sibert Committee


  • Tips & Techniques That Hook Readers to Nonfiction
    Hosted by Susan Casey, Author


  • Back Matter Matters: What Writers, Readers, and Teachers Need to Know
    Hosted by Tabitha Rimmer, Indexer, & Susannah Richards, Associate Professor of Education at Eastern Connecticut State University/Consultant


  • Creating Your Brand: Does Your Voice, Credibility, and Distinctiveness Set You Apart?
    Hosted by Vicki Cobb, Author/Founder of iNK Think Tank and Nonfiction Minute


SATURDAY, JUNE 11 • 5:15 - 6:15 PM


  • Social Responsibility and Literacy: How to Help in the Community
    Hosted by Joy Haenlein, Program Manager: Connecting through Literacy


  • How to Market Your STEM Book While the Topics Are Hot!
    Hosted by Jennifer Swanson, Author


  • Promoting Our Books Through Engaging Presentations and Story Telling
    Hosted by Amalia Hoffman, Author


  • Nitty Gritty Details of Doing Interviews
    Hosted by Heather Montgomery, Author


  • Research for Science and Social Studies Topics
    Hosted by Hilarie Staton & Carolyn DeCristofano, Authors


  • Telling a Science Story with Narrative Nonfiction Techniques
    Hosted by Mary Kay Carson, Author of five Scientist in the Field titles

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June 10-12, 2016

Iona College

New Rochelle,

New York

Supporting Sponsors

Conference initiated by Lionel Bender of BRW, producers of children's illustrated nonfiction for international publishers;

co-chaired by author/editor Sally Isaacs; and powered by Star Consulting, Inc., producers of top-calibre conferences and events.  •  •