Thanks for your continued interest in 21CNFC. Lionel, Sally, and Star Consulting are currently investigating how we can bring our conference to a wider audience.

As yet we have no firm plans for 2018. If you are already registered to receive our email announcements, we will inform you by email of any new developments. Otherwise, check back here or our Facebook page for updates.

In the meantime, we will leave details of the 2016 conference on the website.

  • Magnificent conference facilities
  • 20 miles from Midtown Manhattan
  • Easy access from I-95, Airports, and Trains
  • Easy stroll to on-campus housing and complimentary parking
  • All conference meals and social functions included

JUNE 10-12, 2016



A Unique


That Highlights ...

  • What's new in children's nonfiction publishing
  • How educators are using trade books to support literacy and promote avid, lifelong readers
  • How you can use your talent to create books, e-books, apps, and other marketable materials
  • How to get ideas for school and library nonfiction presentations
  • How to sell and market yourself and your nonfiction ideas with digital technology and social media
  • How to apply your expertise in fiction to a new genre: nonfiction
  • The Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and other Initiatives: How your nonfiction books and apps can meet them
  • Educational Initiatives such as Next Generation Science Standards, 3C, Common Core, and Every Student Succeeds Act: How nonfiction books and apps can meet them

Faculty and
Panels Include ...

  • Trade Nonfiction Publishers
  • School and Library Publishers
  • Educational Publishers
  • Authors
  • Illustrators and Photographers
  • Professors in University Graduate Schools of Education
  • Branding and Social Media Marketing Consultants
  • Magazine Publishers
  • Graphic Designers and Art Directors
  • E-book and App Developers
  • Editors
  • Book Packagers
  • Agents
  • Library Youth Materials Specialists
  • EdTech Experts

Who Should


  • Authors/Writers
  • Illustrators/Artists
  • Teachers
  • Librarians
  • Booksellers
  • Editors
  • Designers
  • Students of creative writing, graphic design, and media studies
  • Publishing Staff
  • Digital Developers
  • Art Directors
  • Agents
  • Picture Researchers


... whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or published.

Here's What Our Previous Year's Participants Are Saying...

 “Congratulations on an AMAZING Children's Nonfiction Conference. This was my first time attending, and it was well worth the time and expense. I connected with interesting people in the business and learned a lot—both from conference presenters and from fellow attendees. Plus I came away with several exciting potential opportunities to explore.  If you haven't yet attended this terrific conference, I highly recommend you check it out next year.”

 “Thank you so much for a FANTASTIC conference.  It was the best conference I've ever attended and you can quote me on that!  All your work and prep paid off.  I enjoyed the diversity of the speakers--from authors to publishers to the president of the NSTA. Just great. “



 “This was a very unusual conference that offered tremendous opportunity for a multitude of professionals dealing with a myriad of perspectives to interact and understand the larger picture surrounding children’s nonfiction. I have never attended anything like it before.  Thank you for putting it together. I came home renewed and ready to put some new ideas into practice.”

Supporting Sponsors

Conference initiated by Lionel Bender of BRW, producers of children's illustrated nonfiction for international publishers;

co-chaired by author/editor Sally Isaacs; and powered by Star Consulting, Inc., producers of top-calibre conferences and events.  •  •