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SCBWI Hawaii Webinar • Five Kinds of Nonfiction: Understanding the Children’s Publishing Market

Date(s) - 12/01/2018
9:30 am - 11:15 am


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Hawaii Standard Time (HST = GMT -10 hours)

– 9:30 am ­– Webinar “room” opens
– 9:55 – Introductions & Welcome by Regional Advisor
– 10:00 – Webinar Begins

$15 SCBWI Member; $25 Non-Member

Melissa Stewart

Kirsten Carlson, Regional Advisor, SCBWI Hawaii

In the comfort of your own home, live or watch the recording.

A few days prior to December 1st, registered participants will receive an email with instructions about how to access the event. We will use Zoom video conferencing service for our webinar. If you’ve never used Zoom before, or need extra assistance please visit before the webinar date to become familiar with their software and interface. The webinar will be LIVE, but if the timing doesn’t fit into your schedule, you’ll be able to view the webinar on your own for one week following the webinar (until December 8 at 23:59 (HST)! Even if you view the webinar live, you will have one week to view it again. Note: Due to the availability of the replay, refunds will not be offered for this event.


You’ve probably heard of narrative nonfiction, but did you know that there are four other kinds of nonfiction for children? And studies show that 75 percent of kids enjoy reading them as much as or more than narrative titles. This 1-hour presentation for writers of all levels breaks down the five categories of nonfiction, explains which categories are currently in the greatest demands, and shares information about which agents and publishers are most interested in each kind.

About Melissa
Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 180 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and wonder with readers of all ages.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in biology from Union College in Schenectady, NY, and a master’s degree in science journalism from New York University, Melissa worked as a children’s book editor for nine years before becoming a fulltime writer in 2000. She has written everything from board books for preschoolers to resources guides for educators.

Melissa believes that nothing brings nonfiction writing to life like firsthand research. While gathering information for her books, she has explored tropical rain forests in Costa Rica, gone on safari in East Africa, and swum with sea lions in the Galapagos Islands. When Melissa isn’t writing or exploring the natural world, she spends time speaking at schools, libraries, and conferences for educators. She can’t imagine any job she’d rather have. Visit her website:

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Registration is now closed. If you are registered and have not yet received your email notification, please contact Kirsten Carlson,