21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference: United by a common interest

The third annual 21st Century Children’s Nonfiction Conference, took place at Manhattan College in New York City on June 12–14 2015. This unique conference was founded in 2013 to explore opportunities in the field of children’s nonfiction and unite practitioners and publishers who have this common interest. Conference sessions included new trends in publishing, social media marketing, and a panel session, Responding to Our Questions, which saw publishers discussing what they are looking for and what they are excited about in children’s nonfiction. In all, there were 25 workshops, 10 Open Table sessions, 3 panel discussions, as well as intensive workshops and one-on-one critiques.Conference co-chair, Lionel Bender, remarked to Publisher’s Weekly . “We’re not just for writers but for everybody involved in children’s nonfiction in every way,” Co-chair, Sally Isaacs, confirmed the wide breadth of professions and countries represented, with conference attendees comprising around 25% authors, 23% publishing professionals, plus librarians, illustrators and designers, digital developers and social media experts.

You can read more about the conference in Publisher’s Weekly. Next year’s conference will be held on June 10-12, 2016, again at Manhattan College.