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June 10-12, 2016

Iona College

New Rochelle,

New York


Here's What Our Previous Years' Participants Are Saying...


“An excellent networking opportunity. Overall, what I got out of the conference was a better perspective on what’s happening out there in the world of Nonfiction publishing.”


“It was wonderful getting to network with so many different people from different aspects of the industry. I especially enjoyed hearing from the librarians and education professionals and from the Publishers Panels.”


“The opportunity to network as well as the opportunity to get such a deep and wide variety of perspectives was amazing. The conference was extraordinarily well organized, right down to the coffee breaks.

 “It just seems to get betterand better each year.”

“This was fabulous. My understanding of the writers’ world has greatly expanded.”


“Congratulations on an AMAZING Children's Nonfiction Conference. This was my first time attending, and it was well worth the time and expense. I connected with interesting people in the business and learned a lot—both from conference presenters and from fellow attendees. Plus I came away with several exciting potential opportunities to explore.  If you haven't yet attended this terrific conference, I highly recommend you check it out next year.”


“Thank you so much for a FANTASTIC conference.  It was the best conference I've ever attended and you can quote me on that!  All your work and prep paid off.  I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers--from authors to publishers to the president of the NSTA.  Just great. “


“This was a very unusual conference that offered tremendous opportunity for a multitude of professionals dealing with a myriad of perspectives to interact and understand the larger picture surrounding children’s nonfiction. I have never attended anything like it before.  Thank you for putting it together. I came home renewed and ready to put some new ideas into practice.”

"I attended this conference the past two years and it was probably the best and most rewarding conference I've ever attended..."


"I went the first year and I'm going again this year. I found it helpful .... The contacts and meeting everyone were one of the best parts."


"It was really a lovely experience ...everyone was so great - the participants/attendees/presenters, etc. Just really warm and friendly vibes, not to count all the information we got!"


"EVERYONE was so open. I sat with different people at every meal/presentation and learned so much. Great dialogue everywhere you went. Truly worth every penny!"


"As a nonfiction children's author, I left feeling that had I entered a professional publishing community in which I truly belong...It was a just-right fit! My mind is still buzzing with all the good, honestly human connections and interesting ideas."


"It was a wonderful experience, especially for those of us who are not yet too secure in our nonfiction careers. I came away with a boost of confidence and an upsurge in motivation -- both of which were sorely needed!"


"I really enjoyed the conference and look forward to next year! So interesting!"


"Thanks so much for all your hard work in planning the conference. It was a great weekend. Congratulations on a job well done!"


"It was wonderful! I so enjoyed meeting and sharing ideas with my fellow NF writers and also appreciated how open and friendly the faculty were. I witnessed editors and writers sharing ideas and offering to connect new writers with established professionals to help them out. It made me proud to be part of this community."


"It was a wonderful opportunity to learn the latest tools of the trade and to meet so many people that are passionate about nonfiction."


"Thank you to Lionel and Sally and the wonderful faculty for creating this unique and inspiring conference. I've already decided to return next year. I learned so much about the craft of writing for kids, the many opportunities for nonfiction writers and how best to take advantage of them."


"I've never felt so connected at a writer's conference before - being immersed with so many like-minded people sharing ideas, lots of laughs and even gripes. I can't wait for next year."

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.  •  •