The Nonfiction Writer's Toolbox

The Nonfiction writer's toolbox

The Nonfiction Writer's Toolbox
for Exploring History and Other Subjects

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Boston, MA
May 9, 2018

High-quality nonfiction has the power to engage young readers with subjects across the curriculum. Introducing your students to the tools used in creating a nonfiction book can have great benefits as well. Experienced authors know how to work their way into understanding a subject through the process of writing and research. How does the sentence-by-sentence crafting of a story enable them to clarify their ideas? What strategies do they use for investigating sources and fact-checking? Can their books serve as mentor texts for helping students to develop their own ability to think and learn through writing?

Explore these and other questions with Tonya BoldenSteve SheinkinTanya Lee Stone, and Melissa Sweet, four of today’s most outstanding authors of nonfiction for children and young adults.  The program also features Judith C. Hochman, a pioneering educator whose approach to the teaching of writing in all subjects and grades has gained national attention.

View more information about the authors and presenters.

How to Register

Registration is required for this program. Conference space is limited - please register early. Download the registration form and conference brochure. Sent completed forms to:

Sam Rubin
John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Columbia Point
Boston, MA 02125

Early Registration: $95, postmark by March 24 
Regular Registration: $115, postmark by April 12

Registration fee includes handouts, morning coffee and lunch.

For more information, contact Sam Rubin at, 617-514-1650 or Esther Kohn at at 617.514.1649.

Program at a Glance

8:00Registration, Book Browsing
8:45“Tools for Writing True Stories That Speak to Young Readers”
Panel discussion with Tonya Bolden, Steve Sheinkin,Tanya Lee Stone and Melissa Sweet - moderated by Professor Mary Ann Cappiello, Lesley University 
10:00Book Browsing, Conversation with Colleagues
10:30“Constructing Knowledge—One Sentence at a Time”
Presentation by Judith Hochman 
12:30Concurrent Sessions I:  List your first and second choices on the registration form.
 A. Meet the Author: Steve Sheinkin (60 minutes)
 B. Meet the Author/Illustrator: Melissa Sweet (60 minutes)
 C. The Writing Revolution: An Introductory Workshop with Judith Hochman and Dina Zoleo, Senior Faculty, The Writing Revolution (70 minutes)
1:45Concurrent Sessions II:  List your first and second choices on the registration form.
 D. Meet the Author:Tonya Bolden (60 minutes)
 E. Meet the Author:Tanya Lee Stone (60 minutes)
 F. The Writing Revolution: An Introductory Workshop with Judith Hochman and Dina Zoleo  (70 minutes)
3:00Conclusion, Book Signing


“Passionate nonfiction offers readers the tools that allow them to make sense of the world, to put the pieces of the puzzle together, form opinions, learn what has happened in the past, and ponder the future—their future and ours. . . . They challenge our teens to explore, to question, to think.”  - Tanya Lee Stone