SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Webinars

 

 

SCBWI offers webinars across the regions in the US and abroad. This is a list of the webinars being provided by the various regions.

 

Webinars are priced affordably so that you can all attend. 

Click on the event name to be directed to the registration page. Make sure that you are signed into your SCBWI account. More details of the event are on the event homepage. This listing is only a summary of the information.

The list is arranged with the dates newest on top.

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Writing About History for Kids

Monday, November 16, 2020 @7:30pm EST

Historical fiction and nonfiction offer information and entertainment opportunities for kids. Learn about the creative pitfalls to avoid, and success strategies. Covers research, market needs, mentor texts, and other aspects of writing effectively—and truthfully—about the past.

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

NONFICTION CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) Lisa will be critiquing NONFICTION picture book and middle grade manuscripts only. Submissions are due on or before Friday, November 13, 2020.

Nonmember $25
Member $15
Critiques $45

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


Illinois Interactive

November 13th, 14th, 15th 2020

Keynotes with Vanessa Brantley Newton and Astronaut John Herrington
Author/Illustrator Craft Breakouts (Picture Books, Non-Fiction, Novels and Graphic Novels)
Agent, Editor and Art Director Chats
First Pages, First Look, Voice, and Pitching Sessions
PAL/Peer Critique Roundtables

Keynotes, Breakouts and Chats recorded and available for 1 week after the event.

Members $100

Critiques
$45 written ms & portfolio reviews
$65 10 min 1:1 Zoom Critique
$10 PAL Ask Anything?

Hosted by Illinois

 


 

 

Voice Webinar: Learn to Control Your Writing Voice

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @7pm EST

Editors are in consensus. “I buy voice,” they say.
Fine. Let’s learn voice.

But discussions of the writing voice are often accompanied by statements like this:
“I know voice when I hear it, but can’t tell you how to do it.”
“No one can teach voice; you either have it or you don’t.”

Nonsense.
Voice is a craft issue that you can—and should—learn. Voice is a combination of style, grammar, word choices, sentence variety, the sounds of words, rhythm, rhyme, and how all those interact. Unique voices combine these things in unique ways.

Join Darcy Pattison for a 90-minute, lively discussion of the elements that create a unique voice, how to adapt your writing voice for each story, and how to gain control of your writing voice.

Handouts
1) Verbal Music: Phonics for Writers
2) Mega-VOICE Cheatsheet

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available. Darcy will be critiquing VOICE ONLY.

Non Member $25
Member $15
Voice Only Critique $45

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


 

 

Discover the Trick in Finding an Agent

October 31, 2020 9:00 AM-4:15 PM

Join agents Charlotte Wenger (Prospect Agency), Beth Phelan (Gallt & Zacker), and James McGowan (BookEnds Literary) for a day packed with information. Sessions include crafting successful twitter pitches, preparing a picture book for submission, pacing a picture book, and productive agent-author relationships. At the end of the day there will be an agent panel where attendees can pitch their work.

$50.00 SCBWI Members
$75.00 Non-Members
$40.00 Written Critiques

Hosted by Iowa

 


 

SCBWI Mid Atlantic’s Virtual Fall Conference in Collaboration with Hollins University

October 23-24

We are excited to collaborate with Hollins University for this event and bring some programming to our members that is usually only offered to Hollins MFA students. Come for a weekend of interactive intensives, craft talks, editor and agent panels, socials and roundtables, and opportunities to receive feedback from our esteemed faculty through manuscript and portfolio consultations.
Keynote speaker: Meg Medina
Authors and Illustrators: Mary Jane Begin, Dhonielle Clayton, Karen Chandler, Anika Aldamuy Denise, John Steven Gurney, Fernando González, Hillary Homzie, Maryann Jacob Macias, Claudia Mills, Ashley Wolff, and scholar Sharon Dennis Wyeth
Editors: Aneeka Kalia (Viking Children’s Books), Courtney Stevenson ( Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins Children’s Books)
Agents: Danielle Burby and Quressa Robinson (Nelson Literary Agency), Erin Clyburn (Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency)

Friday Intensives (Each): $25 Members, $40 Non-Members
Saturday ticket: $60 Members, $75 Non-Members
Manuscript and Portfolio Consultations: $45

Hosted by Mid Atlantic

 


 

 

Book It! Self Promotion 101 Portfolio Webinar and Critique with Illustrator Sheli Petersen

October 22, 2020 at 6 pm Central Time

Have a natural talent for children’s illustration, but need help attracting the book editor’s attention?
Join us as award-winning illustrator Sheli Petersen covers the basics of putting together a professional portfolio and website. Build your online presence by selecting and organizing your best work for the children’s publishing market. The webinar will focus on best practices for illustrators, but also touch on advice for author-illustrators. Sheli will provide a written critique on each participant’s first-come, first-served portfolio after the webinar and discuss the artist’s particular strengths. You can register for both the critique and the webinar, or the webinar only. Sheli teaches illustration and graphic design at Texas Woman’s University. She has five published picture books and exhibits her illustration at international, national, and regional venues.

SCBWI Member: $20
Non-SCBWI Member: $30
Critique Extra: $20 (limited number)

Hosted by Texas Southwest

 


 

A New Perspective: Revision as a Collaborative Experience

Monday, October 19, 2020 @7pm EST

Once we’ve written our story, it can seem like our ideas and messages should be clear to our readers. However, not all readers get from the page what we intend, and it can take iterations of revision to get to the heart of a novel. Writing and editing can feel like a solitary journey, but it takes a village to bring a book to its fullest potential.

But how do we find our village? And how do we parse through the village’s range of thoughts on our work? In this workshop, we’ll discuss methods for shedding new light on your work (from dissecting favorite books to giving and receiving feedback), the importance of sensitivity readers, as well as questions to consider when deciding what to do with feedback you receive. We’ll also conduct exercises to help identify (or rediscover) the heart and focus of your novel.

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

Non-Members $25.00
Members $15.00
Critique $45.00

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing, A Webinar with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster

October 17, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:15 am Mountain Time

What does pacing really mean? What does it mean for a picture book to be “snappy”? And how does plot function in picture books, anyway? In this hands-on and jam-packed session, we’ll dive into two mentor texts, examining elements that create a well-paced book. Finally, we’ll take a close look at how making a picture book dummy can be an invaluable tool to help you think visually, cut words, and revise the plot in your own work-in-progress.

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division.

$25.00 Members

$35.00 Nonmembers

Hosted by NM

 


 

Behind-the-Scenes: An author and editor discuss the collaborative process of creating a novel

October 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Mountain Time

Award-winning author Alexandra Diaz and Senior Editor Sylvie Frank share the start-to-finish process of making a novel, from the idea to the bound book—and everything in between. They’ll take a deep dive into the brainstorming, editing, and copyediting process. And for bonus content, Alexandra will discuss the process of translating her own novels from English into Spanish.

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division.

Alexandra Diaz is the author of The Only Road, which was a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and the recipient of two starred reviews.

This is a FREE EVENT for all!

 


 

Frank Talk from Sylvie Frank

October 10, 2020 at Noon- 1:15 CDT

“I Wanted to Love Your Work, But … 8 Reasons You Might Have Received a Rejection”

A one hour webinar followed by Q&A with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, an imprint at Simon & Shuster

Members $20
Nonmembers $40

 


 

How to Craft a Compelling Query Letter

October 10, 2020 at 2- 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Writing a great query letter is an art and a science, and this workshop examines the core elements every strong query letter has, and how to add that extra pizzazz that will capture the attention of an agent or editor. Real examples from the instructor’s inbox, both good and bad, will be shared, as well as a specific formula workshop attendees can plug their information into in order to generate a great query letter.
Bio:
Adria Goetz is a Literary Agent with Seattle-based Martin Literary & Media Management, specializing in picture books, middle grade, young adult, and adult fiction, as well as gift books and devotionals. She graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis, as well as the Columbia Publishing Course. In 2019, she was selected as a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree. See her wish list at adriagoetz.com, and her agency’s website martinlit.com. She tweets at @adriamgoetz.

Intensive Pricing:
Member with a season ticket $ 35.
Member w/out a season ticket $ 40.
Non-Member with a season ticket $45.
Non-Member w/out a season ticket $ 50.

Those who can’t attend the live event may watch the recording, which will be available to all attendees for two weeks.

Hosted by San Diego, CA

 


 

6-Week Online Course: Drafting Your Book Proposal with Kelly Anne White

Asynchronous online course begins Tuesday, October 6, 2020 with a live 1-hour Zoom session with instructor Kelly Ann White. A new lesson and assignment will be posted each Tuesday for 6 weeks, and registrants will have access to the lessons through December 29, 2020.

You’ve finally finished that manuscript (or it’s pretty close to completion), so now what? It’s time to put your book through the submission process! And for that, you’ll need a rock-solid book proposal. Bring your project—in any kidlit genre—for personalized instruction on how to build a book proposal that sticks out from the slush pile. At the end of six weeks, you will have a full-on proposal ready to submit to literary agents and book publishers.

Full course registration with individualized assignment feedback, course forum, and 1-on-1 session with instructor: SCBWI Members: $250; Nonmembers: $450
Audit registration – access to materials only: SCBWI Members $150; Nonmembers: $350

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

SOCAL Authors Illustrators Day

October 3rd, 2020 8AM-6PM

FACULTY

Linda Camacho, agent Gallt & Zacker Literary

Miranda Paul, agent Erin Murphy Literary

Stacia Deutsch, NY Times bestselling author

Sharon Langley, author A Ride to Remember

Jim Hoover, Art Director Penguin Random House

additional written critiques by

***Elizabeth Law, Backlist and Special Projects Editor Holiday House Publishing

***Kelly Van Sant, agent for KT Literary

$80/member ticket price
$120/nonmember ticket price

Hosted by Socal

 


2020 Houston Virtual Conference: Going the Distance!

October 1-4, 2020 Thursday 6:30-8pm CST, Friday 5:30-8:15pm CST, Saturday & Sunday 10:20-4:15pm CST

This conference is designed to keep you moving forward! We’re Going the Distance and we hope you’ll join us! MOST SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED!

This year features keynote speakers: K.L. Going & Crystal Allen!

In addition, we have an incredible faculty:
Megan Abbate, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan
Varsha Bajaj, Author
Elizabeth Law, Senior Editor and Backlist Editor
Kevin Lewis, Author, Editor, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Jacqui Lipton, Literary Agent and Attorney, Raven Quill Literary Agency
Pat Zietlow Miller, Author
Ann Whitford Paul, Author
Zeke Peña, Illustrator and Art Director, Cinco Puntos Press
Tanusri Prasanna, Agent, Foundry Literary + Media
Sara Sargent, Senior Executive Editor, Random House Books for Young Readers
Don Tate, Author-Illustrator

We also offer critiques & e-critiques, including our new Extended Critiques (first 25 pages + 20 minute Zoom chat!).

Finally, we’re hosting a Portfolio Showcase, silent auction, online bookstore, and MORE!

Student Members: $65
Members: $75
Non-members: $100

Hosted by Houston

 


 

How to Establish Your Voice – A Workshop with Carter Hasegawa, Candlewick

Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020, 6:00pm ET

Carter Hasegawa, Candlewick, presents How to Establish Your Voice: Using examples from published works, we will look at how authors establish “voice” in varying yet successful ways. This will be hands-on and interactive, so please be prepared to talk. This event is three weeks. The first session is a workshop, then a peer review session, then personal critiques with Carter.

SCBWI members: $35 for the workshop and peer critique session

Non-SCBWI members: $45 for the workshop and peer critique session

$50 for a critique with Carter Hasegawa

Hosted by PA West

 

 

 


 

 

2019 Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Webinar: Nurturing Your Artistic Voice: You Want to Tell Your Unique Story and You Want It to Be Marketable

September 29, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Central Time

Author Meg Medina, 2019 Newbery Medalist for her middle-grade book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, will offer practical tips on setting goals and developing daily practices and exercises to nurture your artistic voice as a writer and/or illustrator and to keep you growing in both the art and business of publishing. Her work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. Find out how to access and develop a strong artistic voice. Study the probable rough spots in production (or editorial mores) that threaten innovation.

Registration
SCBWI Members: $20
Non-members: $30

Hosted by SCBWI Southwest Texas

 


 

A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books

September 26, 2020 at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Pacific Time

Want to build your children’s book career?

Join us for:

A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books

In this interactive online presentation, “A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books,” Oanh Jordan of Tiny Triumphs Co. will introduce you to the concept of personal branding and how to develop your kidlit brand to attract readers and buyers. In this presentation, you’ll learn the ease and comfort to a purpose driven marketing approach that helps you to identify your purpose, deepen your connection with your readers, and inspire your readers with your stories which are deeply rooted in your why.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This session will NOT be recorded.

$10

Hosted by SF/South


Nonfiction Series Craft Talk with Author Steve Sheinkin

September 24, 2020, 10:00–11:30 AM Pacific Time

Celebrated author Steve Sheinkin joins SCBWI WWA’s nonfiction coordinator, Lisa L. Owens, for a conversation about his approach to crafting page-turning narrative nonfiction and the distinction between that and writing entertaining historical fiction with a twist.

Free

Hosted by SCBWI Western Washington

 


 

A New Way to Outline

September 24, 2020 at 5:30pm-6:45pm Mountain Standard Time

Cause and effect are what move a story forward. Whether you are a planner or a pantser, thinking about the outcome of a character’s actions is crucial to plotting a great story. The “Inside Outline” is a flexible new tool that allows all types of writers to plan their books. In this webinar, Janet Fox will introduce you to this tool, with examples and take-aways to help you bring your story to the next level.
Janet Fox is a former SCBWI RA and ARA, a former teacher, a MFA in Writing for Children grad of Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the author of eight books for young readers, including The Artifact Hunters (August 2020 from Viking) and Carry Me Home (August 2021 from Simon & Schuster). She is also a certified book coach, and you can read more about her coaching practice at www.bigpicturestorycoach.com. Find out more about Janet’s books and check out her blog, which often features craft advice, at www.janetsfox.com.

$15 for SCBWI members
$25 for Non-SCBWI members

Hosted by Montana

 


 

The Story Behind Their Stories with Lesa Cline-Ransome

September 15, 2020 at 7:00pm to 8:30pm Eastern Time

In this webinar, award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome will explore how to craft authentic and innovative picture book biographies and historical fiction by blending research techniques and a personal lens to bring your subjects to life on the page and beyond. The webinar will last for one hour, with an additional time of up to half an hour for questions. The webinar will be available to those who registered for the live version to view for 30 days after the webinar is held.

$15 — Members
$30 — Non-members

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic

 


 

If You Give a Child a Book

September 12, 2020 from 2-4:00 p.m. Pacific Time

What makes a successful series? How do you create characters and stories that children love? Find out in, If You Give a Kid a Book, presented by New York Times bestselling author Laura Numeroff. Laura will share how her parents and some kind Brooklyn librarians instilled in her a lifetime passion for music, art and books, and how that early exposure to children’s books shaped her life and career. She will also provide writing tips to help authors and illustrators craft compelling characters and stories. As the author of several popular series, Laura’s talk will also offer advice for creating a successful series.
Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of over 40 children’s books, most notably If You give a Mouse a Cookie and eight other titles in the If You Give… series. Laura is also the proud author of Raising a Hero, about a boy helping to raise a puppy to become a service dog.
Can’t attend? This webinar will be recorded and available for 2 weeks.

Chapter Meeting:
SCBWI Member $10.
Non-Member $15.
Season Ticket*:
SCBWI Member $60
Non-Member $90.

*Season ticket- Purchase a discount pass to the September-April monthly chapter meetings, receive editor and agent submission guidelines, as well as discounts to San Diego Intensives and MayFest conference.

Hosted by San Diego, CA

Submitted by: Debra Kay Schmidt sandiego-ra2@scbwi.orgn SCBWI (https://www.scbwi.org)

 


 

Letters and Line Virtual Conference 2020

September 12, 2020 8:45 to 5:30 and September 13, 2020 8:45-4:00 (Mountain Standard Time)

This all-online conference offers you opportunities to learn your craft, boost your career, and get feedback on your work. The schedule includes three keynotes; a industry professionals panel; 33 breakout sessions on writing, illustrating and professional development; intensives on picture books, novels and illustration; as well as critiques, portfolio reviews and showcase, a virtual bookstore of faculty titles hosted by BookBar, and more.

Full conference Saturday and Sunday: $75
Critiques: $50
Intensives: $40
Portfolio Showcase: $20

Hosted by CO

 


 

 

 

San Diego Second Saturday Speaker Series

Second Saturday from September-April from 2-4:30 p.m. Pacific Time

September 12, 2020
If You Give a Child a Book
Laura Numeroff, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

October 10, 2020
Crafting a Compelling Cover Letter
Adria Goetz, agent, Martin Literary & Media Management

November 14, 2020
Heart to Heart-Finding the Heart of Your Story
Tiffany Liao, senior editor, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

December 12, 2020
Lessons Learned by Debut Authors and Illustrators
Jessica Kim, Ruth Mitchell, Reginald Brown, & Pamela Couvignou,

January 9, 2021
I Wanted to Love your Work, But . . . : Eight Reasons You Might have Received a Rejection
Sylvie Frank, senior editor, Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster

February 13, 2021
Writing Within & Across Identity Elements: Minding the Intersections.
Cynthia Leitich Smith, Rain is Not My Name

March 13, 2021
Author and Illustrator Story Development and Illustration Techniques
Peter Brown, Wild Robot

April 10, 2021
Building Tension In Your Narrative
Linda Camacho, agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

Season Ticket-Includes all of the September 2020-April 2021 meetings from 2-4:30 p.m., as well as discounts on San Diego Editor Intensives, and MayFest one day conference.
$60. for SCBWI members
$90. for nonmembers

or 1 Day Tickets for each meeting are:
$10. for SCBWI members
$15. for nonmembers

Hosted by CA

 


 

Diversity Day: Writing Outside Your Lane

Sept 12, 2020 at 10 am – 3 pm

Because the world is a beautifully diverse place filled with people of different abilities, orientations, and cultural histories, children’s literature should also reflect this variety. But how do you write about characters who are not a part of your own ability/orientation/culture? Newberry-winning author Linda Sue Park, Lee and Low editor Kandace Coston, book expert and editor Kim Childress, and author Natalie Davis Miller will show you how in this thoughtful and eye-opening online conference.

SCBWI Members: $55
SCBWI Student Members: $30

Non-Members: $80
Student Non-Members: $55

Hosted by Indiana SCBWI

 


 

2020 Writers’ Day Series: Create your own Adventure

Saturday, September 12th; Saturday, September 26th; Saturday, October 10th ALL DAYS – 9:30am-12:00pm Pacific Time September 12 at Noon – Optional Social

Who’s ready for an adventure? This year’s Writers’ Day will be an online series of three webinars over several weeks. This year’s series of events will still be informative and fun, including planned socials! Critique and contest opportunities, too!
Saturday, September 12 Local spotlight speakers will each give ten minute talks on their writing journey followed by a Q & A panel and a social. These are always inspiring talks that will give you hope!
Saturday 9/26 Erin Siu, Associate Editor at Macmillan’s Square Fish and Feiwel & Friends will present & contest winners will be announced.
Saturday 10/10 Agent Leslie Zampetti with Dunham Literary will speak and written critiques will be emailed to those who purchased them.

Our annual writing contest with three categories: picture book, middle grade and young adult.

$30 SCBWI Members

$50 non-members

Hosted by Cen Cal

 


 

Nonfiction: New and Improved!

September 12, 2020, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Join Carol Hinz (Millbrook Press & Lerner Publishing), Alyssa Mito Pusey (Senior Editor at Charlesbridge Publishing), and author Barb Rosenstock for a fact and fun-filled day!

SCBWI Members $50.00
Non-Members $75.00
Written Critiques $40.00

 


 

An Agent’s Perspective: Great Craft and Smart Business!

Sept. 11, 2020 5:45pm-7:00pm and Sept. 12, 2020 8:30am-6:00pm Central Time

Linda Camacho, agent with Gallt and Zacker, will give four separate talks. You will find out how to prevent a “saggy” middle and how to write a manuscript that gets and keeps everyone’s attention (craft talks). Also, find out things to know about literary agents and the process from idea to publication of a novel (business talks). You will discover what others are writing and receive feedback on your current project (virtual critique groups-limited spaces).

$50 for Members
$75 for Non-members

Hosted by Dakotas

 


 

Storyboarding for Novelists: A new way to look at your story and reimagine your next draft

Thursday, September 10, 2020 @7pm EST

Join Sarah Aronson for an interactive lecture and workshop all about the foundations of story: characters, plot, and scene. She will introduce you to basic storyboarding techniques as well as how she uses them to strengthen logic, uncover new ideas, and reimagine twists, backstory, and emotion. Get ready to dive deep into revision. Bring a pencil and paper. No drawing skills required. Be prepared to embrace the power of play!

Can’t make the live session? The recording will be available for two weeks following the event.

A limited number of written critiques are available for MG/YA manuscripts only.

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) submissions are due on or before Friday, September 11, 2020. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis.

Non-Member- $25.00
Member- $15.00
Critique-$45.00

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


 

NV Mentorship Informational Meeting

Sept 9 from 7-8pm Pacific Time

Join us to learn more about the NV Mentorship Program that is the gold standard for mentorship programs for SCBWI members. Five of our NV mentors will share what they look for in a manuscript before selecting mentees.

Meet our NV author mentors:

Terri Farley

Ellen Hopkins

Jenny MacKay

Heather Petty

Suzanne Morgan Williams

FREE

Hosted by NV

 


 

From Flat to ‘All That’: Plot and Outlining Tools that will bring Greater Dimension To Your Stories”

09/05/2020 9:00 am – 11:00 am Hawaii Time

Join Hawaii SCBWI and Chris Tebbetts as he shows us ways to bring greater dimension to our plots and characters, first, with exercises, and then with visual outlining. This will be a 90 minute webinar with time for hands on work as well as a few questions at the end.

Chris has published over 20 books with various publishers. He has cowritten books with James Patterson, Jeff Probst, and Lisa Papademetriou. Visit him at Christtebbetts.com

$20.00 members, $30.00 for nonmembers

Hosted by Hawaii

 


 

Nuggets of Inspiration 2nd session E.B. Lewis

Aug 31st, 5pm- 6:30pm, Pacific time

his six-part series will inspire creativity and originality.

Join us for an insightful presentation by E.B. Lewis. An award-winning artists who has illustrated over 70 books and will share his journey, work, techiniques as well as, Nuggets of Wisdom!

$10 for members
$15 for non-members

Hosted by SFNorth/Eastbay

 


 

Webinar: First Pages with Associate Editor Sasha Henriques

90 minute webinar, Friday, August 21, 2020 at 3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 PM Pacific

The first page of your manuscript can hook an agent or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Sasha Henriques, associate editor at Random House Books for Young Readers gives live feedback on anonymous first pages from picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Whether you choose to submit your first pages or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights on how to improve your own first pages. Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to submit to Sasha for a limited time after the event.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional in-webinar manuscript first page critique (anonymous): SCBWI members only: $25
Optional written critiques from the presenter following webinar:
Query letter critique: $25.00
Manuscript first page critique: $25.00
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Roaring Twenties Bookstore Tour

August 20th, 2020 at 3:30pm ET

On the 20th of each month, SCBWI PA West will host a virtual tour of an independent bookstore in our region. Booksellers will answer questions about the art and science of selling books and forge new relationships with writers and illustrators like you. Why not get to know these lovely booksellers from the comfort of your own home?

(Yes, comfort can absolutely mean pajama pants and the beverage of your choice.)

Our NEXT stop on this hotsy-totsy tour of independent bookstores in our region will be the Tiny Bookstore, 300 square feet of pure imagination tucked away in Pittsburgh’s North Hills area. We will visit the Tiny Bookstore via Zoom webinar on Thursday, August 20, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Owner Lea Bickerton will provide a virtual tour and answer questions about her unique shop and her role as a bookseller.

$5.00

Hosted by SCBWI PA West

 


 

Marrying Words and Pictures: What Self-published Writers Need to Know about Hiring and Working with an Illustrator (and Vice Versa) with Cheryl Mendenhall

90-minute Webinar Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Designed for both writers considering self-publishing and illustrators looking to take on self-published jobs, this presentation will give an overview of the process and pitfalls of co-creating an illustrated book. Topics covered will include formulating a business plan, finding/choosing an illustrator, setting expectations, pricing and kill fees, rights and contracts, scheduling, project stages, the revision process, and final formatting. Participants will come away with tips for acting professionally, fostering creativity, and negotiating differences. We may also touch on the whens and hows of bringing in related contractors, such as graphic designers, artists reps, and scanning/pre-press services.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional written critiques following webinar:

Picture book (fiction) manuscript critique, illustrator portfolio review, or picture book dummy critique: $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 

 


 

The Science of Writing Humor with Erin Teagan

90-minute Webinar Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

We’ll take a scientific look at humor, breaking down funny to its basic elements to figure out how best to incorporate more of it into our writing. We’ll look at what makes people laugh and take a closer look at books and other media that works. Come ready to discuss and brainstorm ways to elevate the humor in your work.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional written critiques following webinar:

Query letter critique: $25.00
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV


 

WOW: Words on the Web Wired Weekend

Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16, 2020

Our WOW Faculty will lead you through intense revision strategies, critiquing your work-in-progress BEFORE AND during our Wired Weekend!. Enjoy multiple opportunities to connect in small groups with fellow participants and faculty! Socialize at our Connected Campfire and take a Wired Walk to kickstart our WOW of a weekend!

WOW WIRED WEEKEND SCBWI Member Registration fee: $150.00 USD
WOW WIRED WEEKEND Not-Yet-a-Member fee (Non-Member Fee) : $190 USD

WOW WIRED WEEKEND FEE Fee includes:
WOW WRITTEN MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE and much much more

 


 

How to Write Inclusively with Mary Fan

90-minute Webinar Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

The call for diverse books was heard loud and clear, but how can authors respond? Particularly when writing outside their lanes? While there’s no one way to “do diversity right,” keeping certain things in mind can help you write more inclusively without falling into the traps of tokenism, stereotyping, etc. This workshop will provide tips for how to incorporate diversity into your writing and how to avoid common pitfalls even the most well-meaning authors can stumble into.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional written critiques following webinar:
Query letter critique: $25.00
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Writing for Christian Markets with Lisa Crayton

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

Writers who couple their experiences and interests with their faith, religious beliefs, views, and/or opinions will likely find many new market opportunities. This session will provides tips on writing both nonfiction and fiction for print and online Christian markets.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional written critiques following webinar:
Manuscript first page critique: $25.00