Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Uma Krishnaswami On Craft

Date(s) - 09/24/2022
10:00 am - 1:00 pm




Join us on Zoom Saturday, September 24, to welcome esteemed author and teacher Uma Krishnaswami as our special guest for an in-depth Nonfiction Series Webinar exploring the intersection between fiction and nonfiction. Attendees will need just one Zoom link to access this two-part event.


 Part 1: Keynote Presentation

10:00–11:00 AM PDT


Fiction, Nonfiction . . . and the Spaces in Between: Harnessing Reality to Speak to Readers — In a time when truth is malleable and reality sometimes seems unreal, where do the boundaries lie between fiction and nonfiction? How do you decide which form is best for your story? How do you use reality to support compelling fiction? What tools of fiction writing can help you create vital, unique nonfiction? And what about you, the writer? What is your stance relative to the material that draws you to a project? How do you shape and modulate your voice and presence in the story you are trying to tell? Explore these questions and raise your own in this trek across borders of genre and form.


11:00–11:30 AM PDT


We’ll break for 30 minutes before reconvening for the discussion. Feel free to stay logged on or to leave the webinar and rejoin at your convenience.



  Part 2: Q&A-Style Craft Conversation

11:30 AM–1:00 PM PDT


On Writing Craft with Uma Krishnaswami — Our guest will join SCBWI WWA’s nonfiction coordinator, Lisa L. Owens, for an intimate Q&A-style discussion of various craft elements in Krishnaswami’s work.


PLEASE NOTE: Registration is required for this event. Fees are nonrefundable.

  • SCBWI member fee: $15
  • Nonmember fee: $20


Registration closes Thursday, September 22, at 2:00 PM Pacific, or earlier if we reach capacity. Confirmed ticket holders will receive the Zoom access link no later than sometime Friday, September 23. Can’t make the live webinar? Not to worry, as registrants will also receive access to a replay once the recording is ready (usually within a few days of the session).


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Uma Krishnaswami was born in India and now lives in Victoria, BC, Canada. Her most recent titles are Threads of Peace: How Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. Changed the World (middle grade nonfiction, Caitlyn Dlouhy Books/Atheneum) and Two at the Top: A Shared Dream of Everest (picture book, Groundwood Books, illustrated by Christopher Corr). Uma teaches in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Many of her students have established successful writing careers.


TWO AT THE TOP: A SHARED DREAM OF EVEREST by Uma Krishnaswami & Christopher Corr