ICL Narrative Nonfiction Picture Book Winners Workshop


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What does it take to turn a true story into a picture book?

Join this workshop and find out! Plus, hear the winning entries from the ICL Narrative Nonfiction Picture Book Contest!

Join the Winners Workshop for Institute of Children’s Literature’s Narrative Nonfiction Picture Book Contest and get ready to look at your nonfiction stories through a storytelling lens. Get tips and guidance for writing narrative nonfiction from our judge and ICL Instructor Lori Mortensen. She’ll critique the top 5 prize-winning entries in this one-hour live Zoom webinar. We’ll cover how to make a narrative nonfiction picture book stand out including:

  • What makes an effective title
  • Finding that lively, unique narrative voice
  • Establishing and maintaining an underlying theme or thread
  • The importance of read aloud-ability and repetition
  • Developing a satisfying ending

Plus, we’ll announce and read the winning entries from the Narrative Nonfiction Picture Book Contest!

This webinar is scheduled for December 12th at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

A replay will be made available for two weeks if you can’t make it live!


Lori Mortensen

Author & ICL Instructor

Lori Mortensen is an award-winning children’s author of more than 100 books. and 500 stories and articles. Recent releases include NONSENSE! The Curious Story of Edward Gorey, If Wendell Had a Walrus, illustrated by New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Matt Phelan, Away with Words, the Daring Story of Isabella Bird, Mousequerade Ball, Chicken Lily, and Cowpoke Clyde Rides the Range, a sequel to Amazon bestseller Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg. Awards for Lori’s books include NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book for K-12, Smithsonian’s Notable Book for Children, IWLA Book of the Year Award, and Rhyme Revolution’s Best in Rhyme. Lori has taught at The Institute of Children’s Literature for 16 years and has been a contest judge multiple times over the years.


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