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Webinar: Everything You Need To Know About How To Make Young Readers Laugh with Donna Gephart

Aug 27, 2024

Online event

Learn techniques and tips to create funny children’s books, from picture books through young adult novels. Discover which types of humor work best for various age groups. Tap into your inner child with lively examples, fun exercises and practical advice that will inspire you to write side-splitting humor for the younger set.

Quick Facts

Host Region: Eastern Pennsylvania

Contact: Kristen Strocchia epa-ara@scbwi.org


  • Premium Members: $15 USD
  • Preview Plan: $25 USD

Meet the Faculty

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About Donna

Award-winning author Donna Gephart has published eight middle grade novels (Penguin Random House; Simon & Schuster), a picture book, GO BE WONDERFUL (Holiday House) and has a new humorous chapter book series collaboration about a posh hotel run by dogs for dogs, WELCOME TO THE WOOFMORE, where the water bowls are always full and every dog is a VIP (Very Important Pooch). (Abrams). Her first book, AS IF BEING 12-3/4 ISN’T BAD ENOUGH, MY MOTHER IS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT!, won the Sid Fleischman Humor Award. Donna has presented at the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop, SCBWI Annual Conference, ALA, NCTE, book festivals and schools across the country. She was a Thurber House Children’s Writer-in-Residence and a creative writing teacher at Oxbridge Academy of the Palm Beaches. Learn more at www.donnagephart.com.

PB & MG CRITIQUES available: (at an additional cost)

For all submissions, format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing. (US Letter paper size-Include all materials in the same document; please don’t send two documents.)

For PB, send one full picture book manuscript OR dummy plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document.

For MG, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis.

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.   

Example: Gephart_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at epa-ara@scbwi.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Submission deadline: Friday, July 26, 2024.

We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Tuesday, August 27, 2024.