Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

WEBINAR: Writing About History for Kids

Date(s) - 11/16/2020
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm



Writing About History for Kids

Monday, November 16, 2020

@7:30pm EST

(Lecture will be recorded and available to all registered participants.)

Historical fiction and nonfiction offer information and entertainment opportunities for kids. Learn about the creative pitfalls to avoid, and success strategies. Covers research, market needs, mentor texts, and other aspects of writing effectively—and truthfully—about the past.

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

NONFICTION CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) Lisa will be critiquing NONFICTION picture book and middle grade manuscripts only. Submissions are due on or before Friday, November 13, 2020. For picture books, send one full manuscript plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document. For middle grade, 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: Crayton_Strocchia_THE HISTORY OF 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 instructor:

With more than 30 years’ experience, Lisa A. Crayton provides freelance editorial services (including manuscript evaluations, sensitivity reading, and collaborative writing) to publishers. An award-winning freelance writer, she also is the author of 16 nonfiction books, including 15 MG/YA titles. Her latest title from Capstone Press is Wangari Maathai: Get to Know the Woman Who Planted Trees to Bring Change. A Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference Fellow, she will teach a workshop at the 2021 conference at Arizona State University. The PAL Coordinator for the SCBWI MD/DE/WV region, she earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University, and a B.S. dual degree (cum laude) in public relations and journalism from Utica College.