By Stephanie Bearce
Nonfiction writers LOVE teachers!
We share the same passion for learning, the same curiosity about the world, and have the same desire to connect with children.
We also want to connect with each other!
As nonfiction writers it is important for us to know what's going on in the clasroom. How can we help teachers teach and children learn? What stories do teachers and students want to read? Building partnerships with teachers is an important part of being a nonfiction writer.
Speaking at teacher conferences is a wonderful way for writers to connect with educators. As the the world opens up from the pandemic, in-person conferences are returning and so are the speaking opportunities. Teacher organizations like the National Science Teaching Association, National Council for the Social Studies, National Council of Teachers of English, and the American Library Association have annual calls for speaking proposals. If you've written a nonfiction book propsal - then you can write a successful speaking proposal! Speaking at national conferences helps you gain new audiences for your books and expand your platform, but if going to a national conference is not in your budget, consider writing proposals to speak at regional conferences.
Most conferences open their submission window immediately after the current conference ends. Go to the website of the conference you are interested in and note the conference dates. Then keep a close eye out for their instructions and forms.
It does take effort, but presenting at education conferences is one of the best ways to connect with educators and share your passion for learning.
Here are some conferences that might intereste Nonfiction Authors:
National council Teachers of Mathematics
Council for Exceptional Children Conference
NCSS Annual Conference
International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts Education
International Conference on Multiculturalism and Bilingual Education
International Conference on Mathematics Education and Technology
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