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The Nonfiction Writing & Technique Boot Camp with Candace Fleming

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Date(s) - 07/20/2019
9:15 am - 4:45 pm

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa
199 Woodcliff Dr. - Fairport, New York 14450


Event Registration is Full

(Apologies to those who were closed out!)

Update: Caldecott Medalist — Eric Rohmann —  joins the faculty!   

Nonfiction, Narrative Nonfiction, Science-Based Nonfiction,  

Historical Fiction & Realistic Fiction Writers/Illustrators:

West Central Upstate NY SCBWI Presents

An Expert Deep-Dive into the Craft of Writing/Illustrating Nonfiction

& Using Nonfiction Technique in Realistic Fiction

for Children!

The Nonfiction Writing/Illustrating Technique Boot Camp


with Award-Winning Author Candace Fleming &

Caldecott Medalist Eric Rohmann

July 20th, 2019                                                       

Rochester, New York

A One-Day Intensive for Intermediate & Advanced Writers and Illustrators of

Picture Books & Illustrated Middle Grade Stories & Early Young Adult Novels

(Nonfiction & Realistic Fiction)


     Educational nonfiction writers are invited to explore how to adapt their technique to write trade nonfiction for children;

     — Fiction writers are invited to re-imagine & explore how to apply their craft techniques to nonfiction storytelling for children;

    All writers who wish to explore how to apply fiction technique to works of nonfiction & how to apply nonfiction techniques to works of realistic fiction are also invited to attend.

   — AndIllustrators who wish to understand how these concepts translate into tips for effective illustration will also want to attend. 



“Good nonfiction writers MUST use their fiction writing chops,

and good writers of realistic fiction MUST write with honesty and intention.”

— Candace Fleming


In this informative, fast-paced Boot Camp, Candice and Eric share an interwoven discussion on their knowledge and insights on the practical must-haves of writing and illustrating rich nonfiction. Integrating a mix of engaging lecture, illustrative examples, impromptu demonstration, and lively discussion, the team guides participants through:


     — The Essential Quick-Fix Strategies – How to hone, sharpen, and polish your writing/illustration as well as the creative process that guides it.

     — How to Identify and Refine the “Vital Idea” – the grip or lure that sets direction and prompts the unfolding of the work. How to capture the “Vital Idea” in illustration.

     — How to write and illustrate honest, enveloping scenes that transport readers into the journey and move them seamlessly onward.

     — How to use powerful technique across nonfiction and realistic fiction genres.


Additional time is scheduled for hands-on writing/illustrating workshops, enabling registrants to apply new know-how and try-outs to their works in progress – all under Candace and Eric’s masterful guidance, as needed. The Boot Camp closes with an informal Q & A with Candace & Eric on matters of craft, industry, and personal book adventures (and misadventures, if any), and more.



Candace Fleming is the author of more than forty books for children, including picture books, middle grade novels, and biographies. Among her nonfiction titles are Giant Squid; Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart; The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia. Her most recent work is the illustrated novel Strongheart: Wonder Dog of the Silver Screen; and the nonfiction picture book The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Orbis Pictus Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the ALA Sibert Honor, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award.

Eric Rohmann won the Caldecott Medal for his picture book illustration, My Friend Rabbit, and he was a runner-up for Time Flies. While he is best known for his work with fiction, he received a Sibert honor for Giant Squid, and is presently working with Candace on a nonfiction book about honeybees, due off press next year. Eric will lead a discussion on Making Room for the Illustrator and guide an illustration round table review in a break-out session.   

Preparation: Writers should bring a work in progress. Illustrators should bring their portfolios and materials for the sketching workshop.

Event Location

Woodcliff Hotel and Spa

199 Woodcliff Dr.

Fairport, NY 14450


Located close to downtown Rochester.

One hour from Buffalo.

One and a half hours from Syracuse



9:15 – 10:00          Registration (Continental Breakfast & Coffee/Tea)

10:00 – 12:15        Session I – Quick Fixes & Vital Idea (interwoven craft discussions with

                                 Candace & Eric)

                                 Making Room for the Illustrator (Eric)

                                 Writing & Sketching Workshops with Candace & Eric

12:15 – 1:15            Lunch/Working Lunch (provided) & Book Signing

1:30 – 3:00            Session II – Quick Fixes & Writing Scene (interwoven craft discussions

                                 with Candace & Eric)

3:00 – 4:00            Break Outs:

                                  a. Writing Workshop with Candace

                                  b. Group Illustration Review, Guided by Eric

4:00 – 4:30             Q & A with Candace & Eric/ Contact Exchange & Good-byes


Registration Policy & Fees

Includes a light continental breakfast with coffee/tea and a boxed lunch.

SCBWI Members:      $137.50

Non Members:           $157.50

No onsite registration will be available. We are unable to refund payment if you are unable to attend.



Boxed lunches feature a selection of healthy and tasty choices. Should registrants have special dietary restrictions, there is an option to request a vegetarian, gluten free, or vegan meal. Please email your request to: (include in the subject line “dietary meal request”) immediately after you’ve registered and/or to make us aware about outstanding allergies.



Ample complimentary & valet parking is available at the hotel.



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