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Webinar: Q&A Ask Us About It: Nonfiction Panel

Date(s) - 04/27/2022
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Webinar: Q&A Ask Us About It: Nonfiction Panel

90 minute Webinar

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 6:30 pm Eastern/5:30 PM Central/4:30 PM Mountain/3:30 PM Pacific

  • SCBWI Members: $15
  • Non-members: $25

(includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access)

Optional Written Critique following live webinar 

  • First page critique: $25  
  • Query letter critique: $25 
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70


Nonfiction books for children are popular in the classroom and the home, particularly as the pandemic has blurred the lines between the two. This panel of experts will discuss the wide variety of ways to get into writing nonfiction books for kids, what type of books are selling well today, and the process going from idea to publication. The panel will cover educational nonfiction, work-for-hire, and nonfiction for a variety of age groups.

About the panelists:

Lakita Wilson is the author of BE REAL, MACY WEAVER, Viking 2022, and WHAT IS BLACK LIVES MATTER?, Penguin Workshop, 2021. Lakita is the 2017 recipient of SCBWI’s On-The-Verge Emerging Voices Award and is a graduate of Vermont College of Fine Arts with a MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Maryland with her two children and Shih-Tzu.



Tracy C. Gold loves bringing characters to life. She is a writer, freelance editor, and mom living in Baltimore, Maryland. Her picture books include “Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby” from Familius, “Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat” from Sourcebooks, and “Call Your Mother,” forthcoming from Familius in 2023. She also writes short stories, essays, novels, and poems. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Tracy earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore and earned her B.A. in English from Duke University. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s playing with her toddler, or hanging out with her horse and dog, both rescues. You can find out more about Tracy at, by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @tracycgold, or by liking her Facebook page.

Critiquing: Young adult fiction, middle grade fiction, and picture books (fiction or non-fiction). 


Xina Marie Uhl is a freelance writer and editor in educational publishing. She has written more than thirty nonfiction books for young people, and edited dozens more. With both a BA and MA in history and a specialty in the ancient Mediterranean, and experience teaching at the college level, her specialty is history. She has also worked on subjects as diverse as biographies, technology, sports, and social justice. In addition, she has written and edited a number of textbooks, teacher’s lessons, assessments, and participated in working committees for state departments of education. Learn more at her website,

 Critiquing: Middle grade, and young adult (specifically, 4th grade through high school).  Prefers history but open to any subject (except math). 


Katie Heit Is a senior editor at Scholastic working on picture books and chapter books. She primarily edits nonfiction, with select fiction titles. She works with many nonfiction authors, including Charles R. Smith Jr., Dean Robbins, Denise Lewis Patrick, Sandra Markle, and Rekha S. Rajan. She is drawn to books that approach nonfiction in a kid-friendly way, and is especially on the lookout for nature and STEAM topics. (Katie will accept submissions for two months following the panel. Additional information will be provided with the zoom link for the webinar, and with the recording.)

Critiquing: Nonfiction or fiction chapter books and picture books.


Susan Stockdale is the author and illustrator of nine nonfiction picture books that celebrate nature including Stripes of All Types, Fabulous Fishes and Bring On the Birds. Her books have won a variety of awards such as the ALA Notable Children’s Book, NCTE Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts and the NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K–12. Her next picture book will be out in 2023.



WHO? Open to SCBWI members, and non-members.

WHAT? Enter to win a scholarship for free registration to attend this Q&A Ask Us About It: Nonfiction Panel, plus a free manuscript critique (up to 10 pages) from Scholastic Senior Editor Katie Heit. 

HOW? For scholarship purposes, submit only the first page of a picture book or chapter book (fiction or nonfiction). A three-member will judge the applications.

-Submit no more than 1 page of a manuscript for children.

-Accepted formats: .doc, .docx, .pdf

-Manuscript should be in Times New Roman 12 point font.

-The name of your file should contain the manuscript title and nothing else.  (For example: WheretheWildThingsAre.doc)

-DO NOT include your name anywhere in the document or filename.

WHEN? The deadline for entries is: 2/15/2022Winner notified by 3/1/2022. 

WHERE? Email entry to

WHY? Nonfiction rocks, too! Scholarship offers a fantastic opportunity to attend this informative Panel and get feedback on your work-in-progress!

To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the webinar and critiques will close on April 26, 2022. 

International members only: If our payment system isn’t processing your credit card or PayPal payment, email to request an alternate method of payment. Please include your name and address in your request.

A recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information for the recording will be sent out the following day. Those who purchase critiques will receive submission instructions via email on the day after the live webinar.

NOTE: Please do not sign up for coveted and limited critique slots if you are unable to make the deadlines outlined. We will be unable to issue refunds for missed deadlines.