Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PANEL DISCUSSION WEBINAR: The Role of Research in Fiction

Date(s) - 01/20/2022
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


The Role of Research in Fiction

with authors Christine Kendall & Lindsay Bandy

Thursday, January 20, 2022 @7:00pm EST

(Lecture recording will be available for all participants registered before the event.)

Join authors Christine Kendall and Lindsay Bandy as they discuss their writing and researching processes and answer your questions! We’ll dive into practical advice for both contemporary and historical fiction writers, including balancing researched information with Story, avoiding awkward info dumps, discovering the holes in your knowledge base to direct your research, incorporating real people into fictional narratives, developing a character’s cultural background and emotional landscape, and transposing your own inner conflicts into fiction.


A limited number of written critiques are available.

CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $50) Submissions are due on or before Friday, January 21, 2022. For MG/YA, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Bandy_Strocchia_INVASION OF THE PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Get to know your instructors:


     Christine Kendall grew up in a family of artists, the fourth of six children, where everyone studied the piano along with one other instrument. She still feels sorry for the neighbors. They woke up one morning and found themselves living next door to a flute, two clarinets, a french horn, a cello, a set of drums, and always, always somebody on the piano. Christine wasn’t any good on the piano or the clarinet but she loved writing.
Her short fiction has appeared in numerous literary journals and her debut novel, Riding Chance, (Scholastic 2016) was nominated for a NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens. Her second novel, The True Definition of Neva Beane, was published by Scholastic in the fall of 2020.
Christine lives in Philadelphia where she co-curates and hosts the award winning reading series, Creative at the Cannery.




Lindsay Bandy is always on a treasure hunt. She enjoys researching and writing about an eclectic variety of people, places, and time periods while seeking the emotional core that ties it all together.  She is a youth librarian, the Published Member Coordinator for the Eastern PA chapter of SCBWI, and the author of NEMESIS AND THE SWAN, a YA historical novel set at the height of the French Revolution.  Lindsay lives in Lancaster County, PA with her husband, two daughters, and two cats, and when she’s not writing, she’s probably on the hunt for thrift-shop treasures or the perfect donut while singing along to Harry Styles.