Candace Fleming writes fiction and nonfiction. Her recent book, The Family Romanov, earned the 2015 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction, the 2015 Siebert Honor Award, a YALSA Best Book award, and seven starred reviews. Amelia Lost won the Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction in 2012, and The Great and Only Barnum was one of ALA's Best Books for Young Adults in 2010. Candy is a popular instructor with Highlights, and has been invited spoken globally including places like Singapore and Borneo.
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Peggy Thomas, award-winning author and writing instructor, has 20 years of experience presenting workshops for writers. Three of her 20 books for kids are Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation, Farmer George Plants a Nation, and For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson (Orbus Pictis recommended book). Her bible for NF writers, co-written with her mother, Margery Facklam, is Anatomy of Nonfiction: Writing True Stories for Children.
[Peggy] is not only filled with immensely usable tips on how to write better nonfiction articles and books, but also with many amusing anecdotes about her own writing experiences.
Nancy I. Sanders is a writing coach and the author of nearly 100 books. She has a number of award-winning nonfiction titles and many for the educational market. She wrote Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career and Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Beginning Readers and Chapter Books.
Nancy's blog, Blogzone, is a wealth of instruction, inspiration, and even photo prompts for writing. Even if you can't attend the conference, Blogzone is like a conference at your keyboard.
Melissa Stewart published 15 science books in 2014! (And 150+ since 2001.) She explored rain forests in Costa Rica, went on safari in East Africa, and swam with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. Melissa has written about all areas of science, including animals, earth and space, the environment, math and technology, health and human body, physical science, and more. She is a frequent speaker for SCBWI chapters, Highlights, and national writing conferences.
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Kelly Milner Halls loves to share what she calls the Wonders of Weird with writers and students. She has published more than 1000 articles. Her 34 books have earned 6 Junior Library Guild selections, YALSA Picks, a Kirkus Best Book, and Orbis Pictus awards. She publishes with National Geographic, Random House, Boyds Mills, and many others. Her enthusiasm and humor are infectious, whether speaking at SCBWI or kindergartners!
She had a great sense of humor, and I'l love to hear about the other books she has, ESPECIALLY the ghost books. Awesome! Just 30 minutes, and she's my favorite author. Great personality!"
Pat Miller, author and presenter, organized NF 4 NF in 2014 in Fredericksburg. She has written six books for kids, including the upcoming The Hole Story of the Doughnut, twenty-two professional books, 200+ magazine articles, and has been Contributing Editor for LibrarySparks for 13 years. She has spoken at local, state, and national conferences.
Pat Miller is known for her well-planned and executed presentations. Pat is enthusiastic, engaging, and knowledgeable. --Julie Cowan, Library Consultant