SCBWI-IL Spring Recordings BY REQUEST

May 17, 2024 - Aug 09, 2024

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Select from our list of available recordings, below, to register to view those recordings for a small convenience fee. Convenience fees support our LIVE | FREE events and free-to-apply mentorships & scholarships.

2024 SCBWI-IL Spring Recordings BY REQUEST

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Available MAY 17-AUG 09

This month recorded Network Events and Summer Series programs are offered for unlimited viewing when you register for a small fee. TO WATCH: Register for event and select and pay for individual programs. GET LINK: To view the recording, LOG IN>MEMBER HOME>MY EVENTS, then click on the MEETING INFO button for the event to access the recording link. QUESTIONS?: Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA

Recorded SCBWI-IL Network Programs $10 ea. | Unlimited Viewings through June 17

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SCBWI-IL Diversity Network 'MEET THE ILLUSTRATOR: Jacqueline Alcántara'

Join us for an evening with Chicago children's book author and illustrator, Jacqueline Alcántara. The illustrator will share her latest book, JAM TOO? and discuss her work on 6 other books. Learn her style, motivation and review her work. This event is free for all.

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SCBWI-IL Chicago's Southlands Network 'Publishing without an Agent? Yes!'

Children's author Matt Forrest Esenwine will offer tips and encouragement on how to publish your books without an agent. He is author of several books including I AM TODAY, FLASHLIGHT NIGHT and EVERYBODY COUNTS! For more info about Matt, check out his website:

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SCBWI-IL Near West Suburban Network 'The Right Path for Your Picture Book: Prose, Poetry, or Something In-Between?'

Award-winning picture book author and poet Michelle Schaub will share her journey in writing her most recent picture books A Place for Rain and Leafy Landmarks: Travels with Trees. She’ll discuss the decisions she made along the way to find the right form for these projects, which both started in prose and diverged into poetry and something in-between. She’ll share tips and pitfalls for writing in rhyme and discuss how using poetic language can add pep to any picture book project. Michelle Schaub is the author of A Place for Rain (Norton 2023, a Junior Library Guild Selection) and Leafy Landmarks: Travels with Trees (Sleeping Bear Press, 2023.) Her other books include Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market (Charlesbridge, 2017, winner of the Growing Good Kids and Northern Lights Book Awards), Dream Big, Little Scientists (Charlesbridge, 2020), and Kindness is a Kite String (Cardinal Rule Press, 2021.)

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SCBWI-IL Far North Suburban Network 'Author Q&A'

Our own little network has several authors that have published a book or about to be published! They want to share their experience and knowledge with you!

Recorded SCBWI-IL Summer Series Programs $25 ea. | Unlimited Viewings through AUG 09*

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WEEK 2: Breaking the Rules to Create Humor

Over 70% of readers choose funny books. But how do we write humor? We break the rules! In this session, author Alice B. McGinty will go over the academics of humor - from incongruity theory to higher level thinking, analyze many examples of humorous picture books, including her recent award-winning book, Bathe the Cat (Chronicle, illustrated by David Roberts), and then dive deep into how to break rules to create humor ourselves. Recorded | 60 minutes with Q&A | AVAILABLE THROUGH 6/17*

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WEEK 3: Industry Insider Chat

Want to know more before submitting to our senior editor and agent? Watch Summer Series' Industry Insider CHAT with Orlando Dos Reis and Laurel Symonds to get the scoop on current kidlit as they see it, find out what they're interested in acquiring now, and get a better impression of who these dealmakers are as professionals. Attendees posed questions directly to our faculty for a conversational event. Recorded | 60 minutes ALL Q&A RECORDED | AVAILABLE THROUGH 6/17*

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WEEK 4: Crafting Convincing Villains

In this hybrid talk and intensive, we will look closely at the motivations of iconic villains in popular media and draw conclusions that creators can apply to their own work when developing antagonists in their own works. This session may include writing exercises that will help creators pinpoint the motivations of their antagonists to create memorable villains that will resonate with readers. (Photo credit: Shelly Romero) RECORDED | AVAILABLE THROUGH 6/30

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WEEK 6: Turn Your Manuscript Into a Baby Board Book for Fun, Profit & Revision

Ready to play? Join Denise and Cathy as we help you take your picture book or middle grade/young adult manuscripts and turn it into a 17-word playful baby board book. Why? To help in the revision process. If you can describe your book in 20 words or less, you can do anything! Denise will start by discussing the baby board book market and share why these sweet little books hold a special place in her heart. Cathy and Denise will give examples of stripping your story down to something simple and playful - just for the joy of it! Editing your story to 17 words by creating an entertaining board book can help you get unstuck, brainstorm new ideas, or give you a new perspective on your story. Spend 30 minutes turning our words into 6-page spreads and show you how to create characters using simple shapes. RECORDED | 60 minutes | AVILAVLE THROUGH 7/14*

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WEEK 7: Picture Books as Physical Objects

The youngest of readers interact with picture books in very physical ways—and we’re not just talking about chewing the cardboard or ripping out pages! We’ll consider how interactive elements, line breaks, page turns, and other techniques enhance the reading experience, focusing on picture books for ages 4+. RECORDED | 60 minutes | AVAILABLE THROUGH 7/14*


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