• October 4, 2012 Indiana SCBWI will host a day dedicated to non-fiction writing featuring editor, Alyssa Mito Pusey from Charlesbrige, and two non-fiction award-winning authors, Suzanne Slade and Marlene Targ Brill. We'll be offering written manuscript critiques. The day will be full of sessions including: An Uncommon Opportunity: How Common Core Affects Publishers and Writers We all know that the Common Core State Standards represent an enormous opportunity for publishers and writers of nonfiction. But what exactly does this mean? What are publishers doing about the CCSS? What can you, as a writer, do to make the most of this opportunity—before and after publication? (Alyssa Pusey) Nonfiction Hooks: The Keys and Pitfalls from One Editor’s Perspective What does an editor (okay—this editor) look for in a manuscript? In this presentation I’ll talk about what hooks me—what I look for in a nonfiction submission. We’ll take a look at several excellent informational books and discuss what sets them apart. I’ll also share some common nonfiction pitfalls—and how you can avoid them. (Alyssa Pusey) The ABCs of Writing Books Work-for Hire (Marlene Brill) Top Ten Nonfiction Tips - The most important writing, researching, revising, and submission tips Suzanne has discovered during her twenty-year writing career. Bring your work-in-progress for a short hands-on session where you can review your manuscript using some of these tips. (Suzanne Slade) From Idea to Book - The inside scoop of the long, and somewhat winding, journey from inspiration to publication of one of Suzanne’s picture books (including several steps to turn your ideas into books!) (Suzanne Slade) Our faculty: Alyssa Mito Pusey is a senior editor at Charlesbridge specializing in nonfiction. Books she has edited include A Black Hole Is NOT a Hole by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano (recipient of starred reviews in The Horn Book, Kirkus, Booklist, and School Library Journal), Candy Bomber by Michael O. Tunnell (an Orbis Pictus Honor book), and Bill the Boy Wonder by Marc Tyler Nobleman (a USA Today 2012 Top Graphic Novel). She also edited Suzanne Slade’s The House That George Built, Friends for Freedom, and The Inventor’s Secret (forthcoming 2015). Alyssa began her editorial career in the school division at Charlesbridge seventeen years ago, working on reading, writing, math, and science curriculum materials. This experience proved invaluable when she made the leap to trade in 2004. Alyssa now edits picture books and chapter books with an eye for both literary merit and classroom appeal. She firmly believes that there is nothing as astonishing as real life. Suzanne Slade is the award-winning author of 100 nonfiction books for children. Her three 2014 picture books releases are THE SODA BOTTLE SCHOOL, FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM, and WITH BOOKS AND BRICKS. Other recent titles include THE HOUSE THAT GEORGE BUILT (a Junior Library Guild Selection, a Bank Street College Best Book of the Year), CLIMBING LINCOLN’S STEPS (Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People), and MULTIPLY ON THE FLY (California Reading Association Eureka! Silver Award, 2014 Illinois READS selection.) Suzanne has worked with guest editor, Alyssa Mito Pusey from Charlesbridge on three picture books. http://www.suzanneslade.com Marlene Targ Brill is a multi-award-winning author of 69 books for readers preschool through adult who has presented to all age groups nationwide. Her favorite genres include nonfiction, historical fiction, and biography. Prior to writing, she had a career in special education, then freelance writing for most formats, such as newspapers, magazines, scripts, speeches, and public relations. Now she’s decided that she’s the best boss she ever had. Gotta love being freelance! http://www.marlenetargbrill.com


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Upcoming Events in Indiana


8:15 am – 4:15 pm
Nonfiction Day in Indiana 
Embers, Rensselaer IN
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Free Member Luncheon & Autograph Party for Indiana 
St. Richard’s Episcopal School, Indianapolis IN