You dream of sharing your passions with young readers.

You dream of educating, mentoring and inspiring the next generation.

Stop dreaming.

Start writing nonfiction for children.

Here's How.

The workshop you asked for is here.

Over the past few years, Lionel Bender has presented a series of WriteForKids workshops that have become wildly popular among children's nonfiction writers.

They're in-depth, authoritative and, as you'd expect from someone with Lionel's pedigree, impeccably crafted and informative.

Now, by request of many of our customers, Lionel takes a step back from these intermediate & advanced nonfiction topics to present a workshop just for beginners:

On Wednesday, April 19th (with lifetime on-demand replay) join Lionel for Writing Children's Nonfiction: The Beginner's Guide, and find out exactly how to start a career in a field bursting with creativity, fulfillment and opportunity.

During this 90+ minute workshop, Lionel will give you an insider's look at the children's nonfiction market, and teach you exactly what you need to know to get started.

You'll be learning from a professional who has authored more than 70 kidlit nonfiction books , and has been responsible for over 1,400 other children’s works as an editor and book packager.

He's the ultimate children's nonfiction expert.

Here's what Lionel has in store

for you on the 19th:

I'll teach my unique approach to defining the marketplace and how to pitch to and write for each nonfiction category and publisher.

I'll show you how to determine your ideal topic, writing style, approach, and level. You'll learn my step-by-step process to get you started (or change direction of success in the nonfiction market has thusfar eluded you).

I'll provide a treasure chest of writers' resources and lots of practical hints and tips based on my 40+ years’ experience of the children’s nonfiction industry.

Oh, and one more thing:

Lionel will spend the day before the workshop at the London Book Fair interviewing nonfiction publishers and editors to find out what they're looking for right now.

He'll share his findings in the workshop.

Talk about up-to-the-minute information!

Your Instructor: Lionel Bender

Lionel Bender's career as successful writer, editor, book packager, and
commentator on children’s book publishing spans more more than 40 years.

He's the author of more than 70 books for children, and spent 31 years as editorial partner of Bender Richardson White, an editorial, design, and production book packager serving major book and magazine publishers in North America and Europe.



Wednesday, April 19th

From the comfort of your home 

  • 11 AM (Pacific)
  • Noon (Mountain)
  • 1 pm (Central)
  • 2 pm (Eastern)
  • Lifetime On-Demand Replay


Price stated will include $20 presale discount!

Wednesday, April 19th (with lifetime on-demand replay):

Your opportunity to get the ultimate insider's guidance to embark on an amazing career writing children's nonfiction.

In this comprehensive 90+ minute class Lionel will share:

  • An up-to-the-minute overview of the ever-changing children's nonfiction market.
  • Why nonfiction offers far more opportunities than fiction, with a vast range of publishing possibilities of topics, writing styles, formats, age ranges, and market niches.
  • The best "points of entry" for beginners.
  • The hottest current topics and trends in children's nonfiction - with exclusive insight from the London Book Fair less than 24 hours before the workshop!
  • Understanding the numerous publishing options in the NF market.
  • The key niches in the NF market where agents are not needed or involved.
  • A complete overview of age ranges, grade levels and interest levels to choose from - from picture books through young adult.
  • A look at Expositive and Narrative Nonfiction - how they differ, and when to use each approach.
  • How to choose a topic that excites you - and fits current market needs.
  • How to conduct research like a pro, using Lionel's hand-selected resources.
  • How to target the right publishers or agents and put together a powerful submission package.
  • The basics of conducting interviews, finding photos and promoting yourself on social media.


  • His No-Nonsense 10 Point Action Plan to Go From Beginner to Working Nonfiction Author!

That's a lot of powerful information in one workshop, and you can count on Lionel to make it all easy to follow and easy to put directly into action.

You'll also get a detailed, comprehensive PDF handout to accompany the session that you can refer to while on your journey. It includes a reading list, links to Lionel's hand-picked online resources and lots more.

It's going to be an fabulous workshop. So join us on April 19th (with same-day, on-demand replay).

This session is pure instruction, it's complete (nothing more to buy afterward) and nothing additional will be sold. 

Your purchase includes a PDF takeaway and lifetime access to the video replay.


The cost for everything is just $47! Like any of our CBI Essentials Workshops, it will be among the best investments you make this year in developing your writing craft and career.

Please note — this special price is only for folks who register now. Once the class takes place and the recording is put up for sale to everyone else, the price will go up to $67. 

Even if you can't make it live, buying now will lock you in for the lifetime replay at this one-time-only price.

Reserve your $47 spot now by clicking below:

Price stated will include $20 presale discount!

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