Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Write for the Educational Market -TODAY! Taking Authors from Query to Publication

Date(s) - 03/18/2021
07:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Presenter Names: Sandra K. Athans and Mike Downs, authors

Webinar Title: Write for the Educational Market -TODAY! Taking Authors from Query to Publication

Webinar Date and Time: Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.

Webinar description:

Our course provides an overview and clear explanation of the Educational Market. This includes the nuts and bolts of queries, types of projects, what to expect in a contract, basic research methods, and working with editors.

This course is particularly valuable as it considers the Educational Market from two major perspectives: the basic fiction and non-fiction titles most people think of, and the many and varied teacher and education system projects not typically considered.

It also includes an Immediate Action Plan – a clear plan and timeline to get into the Educational Market now!


Sandra K AthansSandra K. Athans is a practicing Literacy Specialist, featured speaker, and former classroom teacher. She has worked on hundreds of projects with Educational publishers (Pearson, Rosen, Corwin, Benchmark, Rourke) including a seven-volume series on school standards, countless lesson plans, teacher guides, E-book collections, project templates for literacy collections, reader’s theater skits, nonfiction books and early readers. She has also published acclaimed MG nonfiction including Tales from the Top of the World and Secrets of the Sky Caves (Millbrook) as well as five teacher resource books (Scholastic). Sandra is the Regional Advisor for the West Central Upstate NY region of the SCBWI.

Mike DownsMike Downs is the author of more than 25 books for children. His books for the Educational Market include non-fiction (geography, engineering, and other STEM topics) and fiction (fantasy and poetry). He has 17 educational books published or under contract for publication in 2020 through 2022. Publishers include Heinemann, Rourke Educational, ABDO, and North Star Editions. He’s also the author of several Trade Market picture books. His next trade releases are You See a Zoo, I See… (Charlesbridge, 2021), Before the Wright Brothers: Otto Lilienthal, The World’s First Pilot (Boyds Mills & Kane, 2022), and A Treasure of Measures (Chronicle, 2022).

Date registration opens: Monday, January 18, 2021

Date registration closes: Saturday, March 13 at 11:59 p.m.

Price of registration for:

  • SCBWI Carolinas members: $10
  • SCBWI members: $15
  • Non-members: $20

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  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee

No registration fees will be refunded after Wednesday, March 3 at 11: 59 p.m.