Here are a few juicy tidbits from the non-fiction panel, that transfer so well into fiction:
From Susan Campbell Bartoletti re research:
"If research stays in the middle, that's where stereotypes live. Research to the edges." She added, "Visit places you write about, feed your senses and emotions. Study the language." She also wonders "what emotion is driving this scene?" and goes to primary sources, since they "breathe history to life".
From Deborah Heligman:
"Let the content dictate the form. Keep yourself open."
Tanya Lee Stone agreed:
"Keep asking what the story is you want to tell. Forget about what you think it's supposed to be. The content will find the format."
And from Betsy Partridge:
"Have multiple layers or you'll have a boring book."