September Happenings


For children's writers living in Northeast Ohio, September means it's time for the annual conference hosted by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, SCBWI.

This year's conference, Make Your Story Pop!, will be held on September 29th and 30th (National Chewing Gum Day.) The conference offers great opportunities to meet agents, editors, and authors, to network and meet old friends, and to get inspired to keep learning and writing and illustrating for the people we care most about and write for: children!

Serving on the faculty this year is the Six Pen's own Lisa Amstutz, agent with Storm Literary Agency and author of over 150 books!

Lisa will be teaching an intensive workshop Friday afternoon on writing engaging nonfiction for kids. She'll also be leading one of the Saturday sessions about writing query letters and talking about what agents look for.

A former outdoor educator, Lisa specializes in topics related to nature, sustainability, and agriculture and is passionate about sharing the wonders of nature with young readers. Her background includes a B.A. in Biology and an M.S. in Environmental Science/Ecology.

Lisa brings a great deal of experience to the faculty. She has been writing professionally since 2005 and spent eight years as a freelance editor, working with individual authors as well as publishing companies. 

She also served as Assistant Regional Advisor and in several other board positions for SCBWI: Ohio North and as a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story.

If you are coming to the conference this year, make sure to meet Lisa. Learn more about Lisa on her website:

Just in time for fall, Lisa's book, Applesauce Day just launched in paperback! Check it out here.

 Applesauce Day is here! Maria and her family visit an apple orchard and pick apples. Then it's time to turn the apples into applesauce. Every year they use a special pot that has been in the family for generations. Follow along as everyone helps to make delicious applesauce.

For a clever, fun book about ordinal numbers, you'll love Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton's book, Who Knew? Under the Apple Tree. Available on Amazon.

Nature gives us many signs of the changing seasons, if we pay attention and use our senses like animals do. Author Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton's poetic language seamlessly weaves together the arrival of fall, animal communication, and counting with ordinal numbers. Steph Marshall's bright, bold illustrations capture the animals' actions as they enjoy a fall feast.

On August 14th, Six Pens author Gloria G. Adams launched her new book, Munch! Crunch! Bugs for Lunch! A nonfiction picture book for ages 8-12, this book is all about entomophagy, the practice of eating bugs. Find out what kinds of bugs kids around the world eat and what they taste like.

Gloria will be selling and signing copies of her new book at the following locations:

Author Alley, Loganberry Books, Shaker Heights, Ohio, September 9, 2023.

NorthCoast Indie Author Expo, Avon, Ohio, September 24, 2023.

The SCBWI annual conference, Warrensville Heights, Ohio, September 29th and 30th, 2023

Buckeye Book Fair, Wooster, Ohio, November 4, 2023.

Check out other books by Gloria on her websites: and

All of us at A Song of Six Pens are busy working on our writing projects this fall. 

What will you be working on?