The Nonfiction Writers Intensive (NWI)

The Nonfiction Writers Intensive (NWI)

Craft a Picture Book Biography

Concept to submission-ready manuscript

Online program


Event: Nonfiction Writers Intensive (NWI)

16-week online program via Zoom video communications,

Canvas learning management, and Slack collaboration and chat systems

Participants will be given access, instruction, and support for use of these tools.

Dates: Thursday evenings, January 17, 2019 – May 9, 2019
Times: 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST
Cost:   $320  (scholarships available; email to inquire)
Instructors: Jenn Bailey and Tessa Elwood
Class Size: 20

Number of Sessions: Sixteen

Apply here now through November 15th, 2018  

Open to published and unpublished authors worldwide.

Tell the untold story.


The Nonfiction Writers Intensive (NWI) is a workshop series created by Park University in collaboration with The Little Fig. NWI’s program teaches authors how to write nonfiction picture book biographies that showcase cultural, linguistic, ethnic, and/or gender diversity. Topics covered include:

  • Essential elements in great picture book biographies
  • Digging in – research and resources
  • Sensitivity readers – keeping cultural bias and inaccuracies at bay
  • Finding the heart of your story
  • Design and layout with mockups and examples
  • Individual and group critiques
  • One-on-one editorial reviews
  • And so much more


Manuscripts completed through this comprehensive workshop will be reviewed by The Little Fig. Selected authors may be offered a contract for multilingual publication.

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