WNDB Publishing / Writing Symposium


Do the Write Thing: Building a Career in Writing and Publishing Children’s and YA Literature

Date and Time: 9AM – 12PM; June 13, 2016

Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC

Faculty: Kwame Alexander (winner of the Newbery Medal), Jacqueline Woodson (winner of the National Book Award); Jason Low (Publisher at Lee & Low Books), Jennifer Brown (Publisher at Knopf Books for Young Readers, a Penguin Random House imprint); and Cassandra Pelham (Senior Editor at Graphix, a Scholastic imprint).

We Need Diverse Books, in conjunction with the Library of Congress, is pleased to announce a Master Class on writing and publishing for children and young adults. Applicants are now welcome to apply for this class, which will cover a range of introductory topics from writing children’s books to the role of literary agents and to pursuing a career in publishing. Applications close on May 31, 2016.

To apply, please copy/paste the following into an email, fill it out and send to carolinerichmond@diversebooks.org. Note: Participants must be 18+.


Full Name:


Phone Number:

Physical Address:

Education (please list institution name [such as high school/GED, or college/university]; and graduation dates):


Are you currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student?


Please tell us why you’re interested in attending this master class. (Up to 200 words.)

Tell us about one or two recent children’s/YA books that you’ve read, and describe the impact they’ve had on you. (Up to 200 words.)

Describe your professional experience to date (paid employment, internships, volunteer work, etc.). If you’ve had experiences in children’s publishing or writing, please indicate that here.

Please include a writing sample—fiction or non-fiction—that represents what you consider to be your best writing. Options may include a novel excerpt, a short story, a book review, an essay written for class, or even a blog post. (Up to 5 pages.)