Jewish Humor: Picture Books & Middle Grade

Jun 13, 2023

Online event

with Joanne Levy & Linda Elovitz Marshall

Jewish Humor: Picture Books & Middle Grade

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Jewish Humor: Picture Books & Middle Grade

Write funnier, more memorable books!

with two expert storytellers:

Joanne Levy & Linda Elovitz Marshall

Important note: Due to the transition to the new SCBWI website, this registration page is not accepting payment. THIS EVENT IS NOT FREE!

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• How can you craft hilarious tales for different ages?

• What’s off limits, and where are the boundaries of good taste?

• Tips to dig deeper and get more fun out of your story

• Hands-on writing exercises!

Special earlybird pricing ends May 19th


Meet our speakers:

Linda Elovitz Marshall is the author of almost two dozen books for young readers, including two Sydney Taylor Notable Books: The Passover Lamb and The Polio Pioneer: Dr. Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine. She grew up near Boston, graduated from Barnard College/Columbia University, and raised four children and a flock of sheep on a farm in New York’s Hudson Valley. She now divides her time between the Adirondack Mountains and New York City. Find her at


A few of Linda’s books:


Joanne Levy is the author of the Sydney Taylor Notable books Sorry for your Loss and Small Medium at Large along with The Sun Will Come Out and three titles in the Orca Currents ultra-readable line, The Book of Elsie, Fish Out of Water, and Double Trouble. She lives in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband and several pets, one of whom vomited during the writing of this bio. Find her at:


A few of Joanne’s books:




Do I have to be Jewish or write Jewish books to attend?

Absolutely not! Humor is humor is humor. Everybody’s welcome to join us!

Are the prices in dollars?

All pricing shown on our site is in shekels. 35 shekels is about $10 U.S. at the moment. PayPal will automatically convert the pricing to your local currency at checkout.

Are the times shown in my local time zone?

All our events take place on Israel time. We are 7 hours ahead of North American Eastern time, so a program at 7:00 p.m. will be at 12 noon in New York City, for example. Please note your local time carefully so you don’t miss the event!

Will this event be recorded?

Yes! We hope to see you in real time, but this event will be recorded, and the recording will be available for 30 days following the event. In addition, since critiques are written rather than live via Zoom, you can still sign up for a critique slot with one or both of the authors even if you’re not able to attend in real time.

How do the critique opportunities work?

When you sign up, you can choose which author(s) you’d like to receive a critique from. Limited slots are available for critiques!

The cost of critiques is 150 shekels, which is approximately $40.

Once you’ve signed up, send your manuscript by May 30 in Microsoft Word format, double-spaced, Times New Roman or Arial, to and we’ll forward it to the author(s) you’ve chosen. (If you choose both, send two manuscripts, one middle-grade and one picture-book!)

All critiques are in writing using the SCBWI Gold Form, covering the following areas:

• Positive aspects of your work

• Elements that require attention/improvement

• Character development

• Plot / structure

• Language / diction

• Voice

• Marketability

• Next steps

You will receive your written critique the week of the event.

Middle grade critiques – Send up to 1000 words from your middle-grade story for written feedback from Joanne.

Picture-book critiques – Send a complete picture-book story (between 500-700 words; Linda says, “The heart of humor is brevity!”) for written feedback from Linda.

Send your work by May 30 to

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