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June 10-12, 2016

Iona College

New Rochelle,

New York

Open Table Conversations

Back by Popular Demand!

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

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.  •  •