Re-imagineer your nonfiction: power up your words, visualization, page turns & more!

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Join us for an exceptional journey through writing nonfiction.


Claire Dorsett, Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press

Candace Fleming, Award-Winning Author, Sibert Medalist

Jodell Sadler, Founder, KidLitCollege; Editorial Agent, JCLA

Course covers:

Overview of Nonfiction Today from picture books to YA

Writing the Nonfiction Proposal

Digging in to Research

Why Backmatter Matters

Understanding Narrative Nonfiction

Creating Authentic Scenes

Compelling Topics

Citations and Quotations

NONFICTION NINJA UNLEASHED is a ten-week class on writing that top-notch Nonfiction manuscript with our final week dedicated to a discussion on how to write better fiction with a focus on nonfiction. Participants will enjoy weekly writing discussions on crafting creative nonfiction. We will discuss coming up with a compelling topic, unique bent, as well as research and citing. We will explore how to bring scenes to life through research and how to avoid crossing that line into fiction.

A lecture a week for 10-weeks, we also gather each week for hands-on "push" activities in a dedicated online classroom format.

Your Instructor

Jodell Sadler
Jodell Sadler

Jodell Sadler is the founder of KidLit College, and currently works as an editorial agent wih Jill Corcoran Literary Agency, JCLA. She has served as an art director, marketing consultant, senior designer before earning her MFA at Hamline University, where she focused on sharing her critical thesis project, PACING PICTURE BOOKS & BEYOND. She’s since worked as a professor, secondary Freshman & Senior English AP/Dual Credit teacher, and founded KidLit College, a webinar, classes & critique community for writers and illustrators. Jodell teaches online and presents at conferences and events on pacing, and writes and presents with Writer’s Digest University. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and passionate about helping writers and illustrators advance their careers.

Recent titles range from board books to teen titles: IF ANIMALS SAID I LOVE YOU by Ann Whitford Paul; SNOW BEAST and DOG ADOPTION DAY by Phil Gosier; HEDGEHOG’S 100th DAY OF SCHOOL by Lynne Marie; MR. McGINTY’S MONARCHS by Linda Vander Heyden; BRUNHILDA’S BACKWARDS Day by Shawna J.C. Tenney; FARAWAY FRIENDS by Russ Cox, and middle grade series: FRIDAY BARNES, illustrated by Phil Gosier; PUPPY PIRATES, illustrated by Russ Cox, and middle grade nonfiction titles: BOLD WOMEN OF MEDICINE: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs by Susan M. Latta, among others.

Jodell is looking to add picture book, graphic novel, and middle grade author/illustrators to her list. She’s looking for fiction and nonfiction with humor and heart. She enjoys books that emotionally connect, provide reader interaction. Fresh voice and concept is best in board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle-grade projects (illustrated and graphic), especially those that incorporate nature, wildlife, cultural experiences, contemporary challenges or mystery, as well as biographies that celebrate the difference one person has made in the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on June 1st and is hosted live online weekly for 10 weeks. You will enjoy video replays and can share discussion posts as we move through the course.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does 24/7 access after enrolling for the ten week session. Webinars will be hosted under "Curriculum" for you to replay at your convenience.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, please contact us. While we do not offer refunds, we'd love to hear from you.

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