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Webinar Like Sewing a Quilt: Piecing Together Narrative Nonfiction with Ann McCallum Staats

Date(s) - 09/08/2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Webinar: Like Sewing a Quilt: Piecing Together Narrative Nonfiction with Ann McCallum Staats

90 minute Webinar

Thursday, September 8, 2022 at 12:00 PM Eastern/11:00 AM Central/10:00 AM Mountain/9:00 AM Pacific

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

Optional Written Critique from Ann McCallum Staats following live webinar (PB, MG, and both fiction and nonfiction)

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

Nonfiction is fantastic! It’s here where you have the opportunity to interview extraordinary people, deep-dive into quirky, fun content, and perhaps do some hands-on research. Ann shares insider secrets that help participants build a proposal from vision to finish. She provides tips to master the art of engagement during the writing process itself—while avoiding snags. This webinar invites novice, intermediate, and advanced writers to explore a sure-fire, step-by-step process for publishing in this genre and building a business. Ann covers her own journey along with specific, actionable guidelines to succeed in this field. This is not meant as a one-off endeavor, but rather a springboard of ready-to-use tools and tips. Perhaps most importantly, this webinar is inspirational. Combining perspiration with preparation, participants will envision what it means to be a successful nonfiction author.


About the Presenter

Ann McCallum Staats is an award-winning author of nine children’s books, mostly nonfiction. Her latest is High Flyers: 15 Inspiring Women Aviators and Astronauts(Summer, 2022) and is based on exclusive interviews with astronauts, a senator, and jet and commercial pilots. Thrill-Seekers highlights bold female go-getters in adventure sports. Books in her Eat Your Homework series pair math, science, and history with fun facts and delicious recipes. In addition to writing, Ann holds a master’s degree in education. She has taught at three different levels in three countries. Represented by James McGowan at BookEnds Literary, Ann credits SCBWI and her writing community for her success.


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 September 6, 2022.

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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.