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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.






What Happens After the Ink has Dried

Saturday, December 4th, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EST

Webinar Description – Our fourth speaker in our Indiana PAL program is Award winning author Sharon Biggs Waller The publishing world is a daunting one, and Sharon will take you step by step through each phase as your story becomes a book. During this session, Sharon will draw back the publishing world’s curtain to discuss how agents submit manuscripts, how they negotiate advances and contracts, and what happens once your book is sold to a publisher from editing to cover art to marketing. You’ll learn what to anticipate from your debut and sophomore novels, how much support to expect from your publisher, and how to remain sane during the entire process. Publishing can be hard and fraught with emotional pitfalls. Knowing what to expect can help you create a successful career. And who wouldn’t want that? 

Webinar Fees – SCBWI members – free
Non-SCBWI members- $10


Gathering Native Voices: Wow Readers with Meaningful Sentences

Monday, November 15, 2021 @7:00pm EST

Webinar Description – You’ve heard it before—read, read, and read more…to become a better writer. And when you practice, you become a reader with a writer’s eye. You pause at lines that are written so perfectly, recognizing them as voice. You savor those words, those sentences, and wish you could write that way too.

For this virtual presentation, Andrea gathered “golden lines” in contemporary children’s books where Native American authors embedded cultural values into the story. (Values include reciprocity, respect for the Earth, elders, and the 7 th Generation, family connections, generosity, and more). We’ll study the art and style of those “golden lines” in picture books through YA stories. Then, we’ll use the sentence structure to practice writing in our own voice. Please have a scene or a section from your work-in-progress ready to revise. Handouts will be provided.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

Webinar Fees – Member=$15


Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 9 a.m. to noon (Pacific Time)

Webinar Description – Wresting with your revisions? Sinking into an editorial pit of despair? Never fear! The Art of Revision intensive looks at the many stages of the revision process and provides tips and tricks to navigate the frustrations and pitfalls of revision—from first to final draft. 
This intensive revision is appropriate for all genres and experience levels. Find out how to revise your work in progress to make it rise to the top of the submission pile.

Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction.

Across age categories, Paige is drawn to high concept novels with captivating hooks, snarky characters with hearts of gold. She is seeking inclusive, intersectional voices and emotionally compelling narratives.

You can find her on Twitter (@pterlip) ( and Instagram (@pterlip) (
Visit her website:

Webinar Fees – 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.

Hosted by (Region Info) – San Diego, CA

SCBWI-IL Boutique Critique

Friday, November 12 – Saturday, November 13

Shopping for an agent or editor?
—Receive boutique feedback on your work-in-progress
— Industry professionals size up your WIP in small-group setting and critique
— Tailor-make this customizable event: ONLY 50 ATTENDEES
— Critique Chats, Critique Sessions, Critique Contest, Dummy Viewing, Pre-event Critiques & Post-event Submission Opportunities
— Confirmed faculty includes: Saritza Hernandez (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), Samantha Fabien (Root Literary), Aneeka Kalia (Viking Children’s Books) and D. Ann Williams (Emerald City Literary Agency)

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member Registration fee: $85.00 USD
Non-Member Fee: $140 USD
— 2 CRITIQUE CHATS with peers & industry professionals
— CRITIQUE SESSION with peers & selected industry professional
— CRITIQUE CONTEST (No added fee; all participants who attend CRITIQUE SESSION are eligible)
 Optional Extra, Added Fee:
—BOUTIQUE CRITIQUES are $55 each; Limit based on availability.

Hosted by (Region Info) – Illinois


PAL Presentation: Cynthia Argentine Opportunities in Nonfiction: A Vast, Vibrant Genre from Board Books to Middle Grade

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar Description – Our third speaker is multi-talented author, Cynthia Argentine:

Cindy will present and overview and introduction to the genre, looking at characteristics, strengths, and potential markets for lots of types of nonfiction, including expository and narrative books, as well as STEAM poetry, graphic novels, and work for the educational market. She’ll share recent NF titles for different age levels for all these categories and explain a few things that don’t work well, as well as give ideas for how to take the seed of those “unworkable” ideas and turn them into manuscripts that would fit the market better.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI member – free
non-SCBWI member -$10

Hosted by (Region Info) – Indiana SCBWI


Opportunities in Nonfiction: A Vast, Vibrant Genre from Board Books to Middle Grade

Saturday, November 6th, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar Description – Our third speaker in our PAL program is multi-talented author, Cynthia Argentine:
Cindy will present an overview of the nonfiction genre and all its exciting possibilities. We will look at characteristics of various types of nonfiction for kids, including:
* expository, narrative, and how-to books
* STEAM poetry
* graphic novels
* magazine articles
* books for the educational market (which are often “traditional” nonfiction)
Cindy will share examples of recent nonfiction titles for different age levels within each category. She will suggest ways to take the seed of an idea and brainstorm different approaches to it based on an understanding of these categories.
Cindy will share her experience with the business side of writing nonfiction, noting key differences between publishing with the trade market, educational market, and magazine market. She hopes writers new to this genre will gain appreciation for its variety and use that knowledge to develop their own creative approach.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI members: free
Non- SCBWI members- $10

MAKING WAVES: An Illustrator Event

Friday, November 5 Social: 6-7 pm HST | 8-9pm AKST  | 12-1am EST, Saturday, November 6: 8am-3pm HST | 10am-5pm AKST | 2pm-9pm EST, Sunday, November 7: 8am-3pm HST | 9am-4pm AKST | 1pm-8pm EST

Join us for two days of craft-oriented presentations, hands-on intensives, optional critiques, and a juried art show!

Illustration and literary agent at The Tobias Agency Natascha Morris
Illustrator and animator David Depasquale
Art Director at Macmillan, Aram Kim
Art Director at Charlesbridge Kristen Nobles
Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton
Illustrator Lucas Elliott

Webinar Fees – FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 5th: Zoom Social – FREE
Early Bird Registration until October 1, 2021: $40 SCBWI members | $65 non-members
Regular Registration after October 1, 2021: $50 SCBWI members | $65 non-members
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7: Hands-On Craft Intensives
Cost: $30 per session.

Hosted by (Region Info) – Hosted by Alaska, Hawaii, and MD/DE/WV

 2021 Middle of the Map Conference

Nov. 1-6, 2021

Webinar Description – We are offering a series of webinars. You can pick and choose or participate in the whole shebang for one price! Webinars will be at 6 pm CST, Nov. 1-5, one on 6th at 1 pm and will be recorded

Lost in Pace: Making Sure Your Picture Book Doesn’t Go Off the Rails with agent Sean McCarthy

Windows, Mirrors, & Sliding Doors Art Director Ellice Lee

The Heart of Art: Connecting your art to subjects that matter most to you with illustrator Mechal Renee Roe

How to Write a Series with author Shannon Thompson

Every Word Counts: Crafting Successful Twitter Pitches with agent Charlotte Wenger

Acquisitions: Everything You Want to Know (and Didn’t Know to Ask) with editor Cheryl Klein

The Art of Crafting Compelling Characters with editor Megan Ilnitzki

Critiques available!

Webinar Fees – Member Only Full Package: $50
Non-Member Full Package: $85

Member Only Individual Webinar: $15/each
Non-Member Individual Webinar: $40/each

Manuscript Critiques/ Portfolio Reviews (Members): $50
Manuscript Critiques/ Portfolio Reviews (Non-Members): $75

Hosted by (Region Info) – KS/MO


Your Book on the Big (Computer) Screen: How to Make Your Own Book Trailer

October 27, 2021 at 7:00pm – 8:30pm Mountain Time

Webinar Description – Having a good book trailer is one of the best marketing tools for your
book. Just like a movie trailer, a book trailer should inform, entice,
and captivate the viewers so they want to read the book. Reach
librarians, teachers, parents, and readers with a glimpse into your
book’s world. By learning how to make your own trailer, you can save
hundreds or even thousands of dollars, and you have complete control
over the end result!

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. She is also the author of Of All the Stupid Things, which was an ALA Rainbow List book and a New Mexico Book Award finalist, The Crossroads, and Santiago’s Road Home. Alexandra is the daughter of Cuban refugees and lives in Santa Fe.

Webinar Fees – Webinar Fee:

Member: $15

Nonmember: $25

Hosted by (Region Info) – NM


An Agent & Author’s Perspective on Writing for Very Young Children

Monday, October 25, 2021 @7:00pm EST

Webinar Description – During this webinar, Senior Literary Agent Tricia Lawrence and Author Annie Bailey will share their experiences and things to consider when writing and selling books for very young children. This moderated discussion will include information about both board books and picture books.


2021 SCBWI Mid Atlantic Virtual Fall Conference

Oct 23-24

Webinar Description – This year we’ve expanded our program to include two full days of sessions, all of which will be recorded and available for replay, with an additional four nights of activities and intensive classes leading up to the conference weekend. We wish we could be in person, but we can’t wait to ‘see’ you this fall!

New this year: a Friday afternoon write-in and draw-in to jumpstart our creativity before the conference starts, evening intensives to allow for more participation (extra fee required), a Sunday storytime lunch social with surprise award-winning readers from our region, and a massive faculty of almost thirty authors and publishing professionals.


Webinar Fees – Conference Tuition:

$70, Members / $85, Non Members

Pre-conference Intensives:

$25, Members / $40, Non Members



Let’s Be Honest: 33 Truths About Publishing

Monday, October 18, 2021 @7:00pm EST

Webinar Description – In this session, Stephen Fraser, senior agent for The Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency and a 40-year veteran of publishing, will share some truths about the publishing world that will startle, surprise, fascinate, and entertain audience members who are hoping to embark on literary careers. He will take you inside an editor’s office and share some secrets that only agents know.

This webinar will include an assortment of facts about how publishing actually operates for those who want to know the raw truth. It’s not all glitz and glitter. Touching on topics from awards to big advances to the treacherous waters of  social media and more, and speaking from more than 40 years in the business, veteran agent and former editor Stephen Fraser will share some startling and fascinating insights.
A limited number of written critiques are available.

Webinar Fees – Member Ticket=$15
Nonmember Ticket=$25

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

Using Libraries to Find Your Readers

October 13, 2021 7-8:30 Central

Webinar Description – Eti Berland and Ann Santori, from Lincolnwood Library, and Anny Rusk, formerly from Winnetka Library (and still running their Author Event series) will talk about various ways librarians and authors can work together to find their readers. Examples include doing author events, Storytimes, writing books that fill a hole in library collections, understanding which books fly off the shelves and why.

Webinar Fees – Free for live event. $10 for members for recording


SCBWI Montana Fall “Harvest” Conference

Join SCBWI Montana for an inspiring two day virtual writing conference. We’re helping you take those great ideas from our Spring “Bloom” Conference to “Harvest.”

We have a spectacular line-up of accomplished authors, agents, editors, and publishers, including Leah Henderson, Sneed B. Collard III, Janet Fox, Elana K. Arnold, Sean McCarthy, Teresa Robeson, Sandra Sutter, Abigail Fox, Erin Casey, Heide Boyden, Jean Peterson, and LuAnn Rod.

Webinar Fees – $65 for SCBWI Members
$85 for Non-SCBWI Members
Live Critiques are an additional $50. All critique participants must be registered for the conference as well.

Hosted by (Region Info) – MT

Writing Intensive with Candace Fleming: Nonfiction That Reads Like a Novel

October 10, 2021, at 8:30–11:00am PDT

Narrative nonfiction for middle grade and YA readers has exploded. Teens and teachers crave it. Publishers want it. So how do you write it, and write it well? Through lively discussion, mini-lessons, and writing exercises, we will explore structure, scene, pacing, and other storytelling techniques that will turn your true stories into page-turners.

Emotional Storytelling

October 9, 2021 from 9:00-10:30 AM Pacific Time

Webinar Description – Join Lorin Oberwger and your SCBWI peers for a small-group, interactive workshop designed for MG and YA writers. Strengthen the emotional arc of your character and the connection readers feel to your book. 

More than any other way to experience art, reading is a deeply empathetic experience. We read to FEEL, to experience an emotional journey on the part of a character who is able to right wrongs with which we also struggle or, at least, to which we can also relate. In this hands-on webinar, Lorin will take you through techniques to help you create a rich emotional experience for your reader. We’ll explore ways to anchor your story in a strong, keenly felt premise; craft an immersive viewpoint; bring real personality to your narrative voice; stir reader emotions with simple descriptive details, and much more.

Webinar Fees – $20.00 for SCBWI Members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Inland Northwest


Busting Out of the Picture Book Box with Candace Fleming & Eric Rohmann

October 9, 2021, at 12:00–2:30pm PDT

Webinar Description – Does your current picture book project need a reboot? Are you looking for a creative breakthrough? This workshop is intended to help you break out of the box as we discuss scope and angle, expository vs. narrative, scene and structure, word choice and tone, tension and drama, and, of course, making room for the illustrator. Come prepared to play, experiment, and share.

Webinar Fees – $25 for SCBWI members / $30 for nonmembers

Professional Series Meeting Keynote with Candace Fleming — Nonfiction for Kids: Where Are We Now?

October 9, 2021, at 10:00–11:00am PDT

Webinar Description – It’s an exciting time for nonfiction in the children’s book world. But editors’ tastes and publishers’ lists change rapidly. What’s hot, and what’s not? We’ll take an up-close look. We’ll also examine what editors say they’re looking for, and ways you can fit their bill. There will be time for questions.

Webinar Fees – Free


EPA SCBWI presents Illustrator Day 2021

Saturday, October 9th @9:00 am – 5:00 pm EST

Webinar Description – Every year Illustrator Day is a special day dedicated to our illustration members, and 2021 is extra special because we have two agents joining us!  Hear presentations by author/illustrator Kate Garchinsky, Book Designer Taylor Abatiell, Editor Kandace Coston, and highly sought after agents Nicole Tugeau and Chloë Morgan. Whether you’re published or have just joined SCBWI, you don’t want to miss our annual event for illustrators.

Pick your level of commitment when you register. Join us for the faculty presentations, or go a step further and register for the Art Director Assignment to receive feedback on your work from Taylor Abatiell and Kandace Coston!

Need more? Register for a Zoom one-on-one portfolio, dummy, or manuscript critique with a publishing professional. Author-illustrator Kate Garchinsky, Book Designer Taylor Abatiell, Editor Kandace Coston, and Agents Nicole Tugeau and Chloë Morgan are excited to meet our illustrators and help you take your art, stories, and career to t

Webinar Fees – Non-member=$100
Student Member=$72

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania


 Roundtable Portfolio Consultations with Illustrator Eric Rohmann

October 8, 2021, at 10:30am – 12:00pm PDT

Webinar Description – Award-winning illustrator Eric Rohmann is offering Zoom-based Roundtable Portfolio Consultations with 8 lucky illustrators on Friday, October 8, at 10:30 AM PDT! Each participant will have 10 minutes to screen-share and discuss samples from their kidlit illustration portfolio for on-the-spot feedback.

Participants will plan to bring to the session 3–5 pages of sequential art in a shareable format.

Roundtable Manuscript Consultations with Author Candace Fleming

October 8, 2021, at 8:30am – 10:00am PDT

Webinar Description – Acclaimed author Candace Fleming is offering Zoom-based Roundtable Manuscript Consultations with 8 lucky writers on Friday, October 8, at 8:30 AM PDT! Each participant will have 10 minutes to screen-share and read aloud a sample from their kidlit WIP for on-the-spot feedback.

Participants will plan to bring to the session the first 5 pages of their manuscript as a Word .doc or .docx with 1-inch margins, using double-spaced text in 12-point Times New Roman.

This event will be held on Zoom.

Webinar Fees – $60 for SCBWI members and nonmembers

Hosted by (Region Info) – SCBWI Western Washington

What’s Your Online Story?

October 7, 2021 7:00pm -8:30pm Eastern Time

Webinar Description – When someone (like an agent, editor, or art director) discovers you, when they search for you online, they can see all the content you have digitally published at once, do you know what they are seeing? 

Your digital presence is how you appear online. It’s your social media pages, your website, a Good Reads Author page and more. Is your digital presence telling the story you want it to tell?

In this webinar, you will learn why it is important that you are deliberate in your digital presence, how to conduct a self-audit, and tips on changes you can make after knowing your baseline. Attendees will receive a self-audit template to help you get started right away. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member: $15
Non-Member: $25
Add-On Digital Presence Coaching Session: $45

Hosted by (Region Info) – PA:West


Unstuck In the Middle Webinar + Critique Opportunity with Editor Lorin Oberweger

October 4, 2021, 7-8:30 pm CST

Webinar Description – UNSTUCK IN THE MIDDLE – This workshop will explore strategies to help keep promising early chapters from melting into a mushy middle. Topics include: vetting your premise to make sure it’s sound and can carry a story filled with escalating stakes and complications; developing fully formed characters whose backstories, desires, and motivations are powerful enough to support a compelling narrative; deepening and expanding conflict so that it’s capable of driving a novel; making certain the story operates at varying dramatic temperatures to ensure a vivid emotional experience for the reader; and more!

en zoom critiques total for picture books (entire manuscript) or novels (ten pages + synopsis up to 300 words), for any audience, are available in conjunction with this webinar, which will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Critiques are $50, last ten minutes on Zoom, and will included a completed SCBWI Manuscript Gold Form.

Webinar Fees – The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI, $45 for non-members.

Hosted by (Region Info) – KSMO



How to Use Physical Action Like a Playwright

October 2, 2021 at 11:00 am to 12:15 pm Central Daylight Time

Webinar Description – Physical action can go a long way in conveying characteristics of your characters, allowing you the chance to deepen their traits and cement them in the minds of readers. Playwrights use these tricks all the time.

This webinar will guide you in using these skills to sharpen and deepen your characters in your own writing, whether it be for a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult, or anything in between. And it’s not just for writers! Illustrators can glean information in deepening characters as well.

Webinar Fees – $15 for SCBWI members
$25 for nonmembers

Limited critiques available at $45

Hosted by (Region Info) – OK


Revisions: How Much Revision is Too Much? – Panel with Rebecca Balcárcel, Christina Soontornvat, and Ann Marie Stephens

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – Revisions can be frustrating but are an integral part of the writing process. Yet how do we know when our revisions are enough? In this webinar, panelists will discuss how to revise with impact, detailing their methods of getting a manuscript polished and ready for submission. Revision topics will include everything from making dialogue stand out to developing characters that shine. Panelists will review ways to tighten a story’s plot, manage its pacing, and interpret feedback constructively. These useful tips will speed up your revision process with effective edits, helping to end the cycle of revisions.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: FREE
Non-members: $25
Optional Written Critique from Rebecca Balcárcel (Middle Grade Fiction or Young Adult Fiction) following live webinar:

Query Letter Critique: $25
First Page Critique: $25
10-Page Manuscript Excerpt Critique: $70

Pricing Your Illustration

Setting a fair and ethical price for artwork in self publishing

A big part of self publishing a picture book is finding an illustrator. I’ll teach an easy and practical formula for authors and illustrators to demystify how much it costs and why. This discussion will help set an illustration budget for self published authors, while giving new or struggling illustrators the tools to advocate for a fair price.

Hosted by Lizzie Savanella – Elizabeth Savanella is a Pleasantville-based illustrator focusing on visual storytelling for children’s publishing. Her illustration style strikes a balance between commercially viable design and creative satisfaction. While studying at Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, Elizabeth earned degrees in Fashion Illustration and General Illustration. As of 2020 she has illustrated over 15 published books.

Webinar Fees – Free

Critiquing In The Modern World

October 1st and 2nd 6:00pm to 12:30pm

Webinar Description – Friday Night
Presentation with Matthew Salesses Author of Craft in the Real World
and Author Chat
October 2nd
Saturday Morning Roundtable Critiques with Ronni Davis, Shirin Shamsi, Candace Fleming, Sherri Duskey Rinker and Patty Toht

Webinar Fees – $85.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – IL



Uncharted Territory: Finding What You Didn’t Know You Were Looking For with Nikki Shannon Smith

Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1 PM Eastern/12 PM Central/11 AM Mountain/10 AM Pacific

Webinar Description – Curiosity is your best friend when you’re researching for your non-fiction or historical fiction (or fiction!!!) book. There are many ways to research and many resources available, but sometimes your inner child will lead you to the most interesting facts of all. In this session we’ll think beyond the typical who, what, where, when, and why. We’ll explore ways to find little-known facts and weave them into your work – or put them at the center of your plot—to make your story come to life and stand out. In this 90-minute interactive webinar, Nikki will share:

-questioning strategies
-outside-of-the-box research resources and techniques
-ways to integrate research without being didactic
-source requirements for publishers
-strategies for keeping track of your details and sources, AKA “staying organized”
Nikki will use her own research experiences to illuminate the above points, and will include writing activities, discussions and a Q & A to help you plan for your own project.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: FREE
Non-members: $25

Arizona Regional Conference: Cultivating Your Creativity

Friday, Sept 24th – Sunday, Sept 26th, 2021

Webinar Description – Conference includes keynotes, breakouts, optional half-day intensives, critiques, portfolio reviews, and submission opportunities. Editors and Agents include, Trisha deGuzman, Mary Cummings, Courtney Stephenson, & Kirby Kim. Also, Featuring KidLit Creators: Dan Santat, Monica Brown, Kelly deVos, Dawn Young, and more!

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Early Bird $69 (Before August 22, 2021)
Non-member: $89 (Before August 22, 2021)
Critiques, portfolio reviews, and optional add-ons priced individually

Hosted by (Region Info) – Arizona


Finding the Perfect Agent: webinar with Saritza Hernández

September 23, 2021 from 7:30pm – 9:00 pm Central Time

Webinar Description – Now that you’ve got that polished manuscript or picture book dummy, it’s time to take the next step in your publishing career. In this webinar you’ll learn how the “art” of finding the perfect agent is as creative a process as your storytelling. With expert advice, top-industry literary agent Saritza Hernández will cover the basics of researching, vetting, and collaborating with the agent who will best represent your work.

Following the webinar, participants will have the opportunity to query Saritza, who is otherwise closed to submissions.

Webinar Fees – $15 for SCBWI members

$35 for non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Nebraska

Work-for-Hire Writing: What Is It and How Can I Get Started?

Sept 22, 2021 at 8:00pm-9:00pm CET

In this webinar, author Laura Purdie Salas will explain what work-for-hire writing means, show how work-for-hire books differ from “trade” or “bookstore” books, and discuss the basics of creating an introductory packet to send out to publishers. The 45-minute presentation will be followed by a 15 minute Q&A. Laura’s always happy to share nuts and bolts, good and bad experiences, and money details, so have your questions ready!

Webinar Fees – Member ticket – €15.00
Non-member ticket – €25.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – France


From Outrage to Outlet: Writing a Better Future for Children and Adolescents with Pamela Harris and Emma Kress

September 21, 7-8:30pm EST

Webinar Description – A global pandemic. Social and racial injustices. Acts of treason. This last year has made many of us angry and outraged, but often unsure of how to turn that anger into activism. Authors Pamela Harris and Emma Kress propose this powerful outlet for our anger: create social justice stories. We will begin our session by engaging in a short free writing to access the participants’ anger. We’ll follow this with offering some words of wisdom from DeRay McKesson, activist and author of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope. He posits that since we have never seen a fair and just world, we cannot create one without imagination and hope. That’s how SCBWI authors can be activist authors. We’ll then offer a step-by-step guide for moving from anger to activism, or spark to finished story. This presentation will be co-facilitated with Emma Kress, author of the debut YA novel, Dangerous Play and Pamela Harris, debut author of When you Look Like Us.

Webinar Fees – $15, members
$30, non members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid Atlantic

Skip the Slush: Work-for-Hire Writing Assignments with author Annette Whipple

Monday, September 20, 2021 @7:00pm EST

Webinar Description – Get published! If you enjoy writing about new topics, both fiction and nonfiction, consider writing for the educational market. Participants will learn about this market and how to approach publishers with a work-for-hire package. Get publishing experience with books and other resources for children (K-12) without the slush pile.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

Webinar Fees – NonMember ticket=$25
Member ticket=$15

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

The Basics and Beyond

Sept. 17, 2021 5:30-9:15pm and Sept 18, 2021 9:00am-4:30 PM Central Time

Webinar Description – Writing for children is rewarding, but also very challenging. This ZOOM conference is a great way to improve your craft, as well as learn how to write the best query letter and synopsis to get your story noticed. Play writing and self-publishing may not have been on your radar so here’s your chance to learn more about them.  And finally, learn how to revise and edit–every writer’s favorite thing to do!

Webinar Fees – $50 for SCBWI members
$75 for non-members
$50 for critique (limited number)

Hosted by (Region Info) – Dakotas

First Pages on ZOOM  with Agent Joyce Sweeney

September 12th, 2021  2 – 4:00 EST

Webinar Description – Please join us on ZOOM with Joyce Sweeney of the Seymour Agency for a First Pages Critique.

Note that we will endeavor to read everyone’s, but it is not guaranteed that your page will be read. This is a chance to hear an editor’s reaction to an opening, as if it landed on her desk. It is an educational session, and we learn from each critique, even if it is not our own.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member – $30
Non Members – $40

Discount available to RT members

Hosted by (Region Info) – SCBWI Long Island Chapter


September 11, 2021, from 2-4 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Webinar Description – Join Halverson for an inspiring and informative Market Report. Get an up-to-date list of editors who are accepting submissions. Learn about new imprints and what they are acquiring. Halverson will also reveal current wishlists from several publishing houses and share her tips on researching editors to find the perfect fit for your book.

Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies and Writing New Adult Fiction, as well as numerous teen novels, books in a series for struggling readers, and a picture book. Formerly an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books and now a freelance editor specializing in picture books and Young Adult/Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction, Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for twenty-five years. She is also the founder of the popular writers’ advice site Twitter: @Dear_Editor; Insta: deareditordotcom, deborahhalversonbooks

Webinar Fees – Chapter Meeting Prices:
$10 for SCBWI members
$15 for nonmembers
Chapter member pricing includes access to view the recording for thirty days after the event.

Season ticket prices:
$50 for SCBWI Int’l Members
$75 for Non-Members

Season Tickets provide admission to all chapter meetings, discounted pricing for intensives, conferences, and workshops, and access to view the recording for thirty days after the event.

Hosted by (Region Info) – San Diego, CA

Submitted by Name: Debra Kay Schmidt

Novels in Verse for YA Reluctant Readers

September 9, 2021 7-8:30 Central Time

Webinar Description – Demitria will speak to our group about the challenges and rewards of writing novels in verse for YA reluctant readers. OUR BROKEN EARTH is her second Hi-Lo book and her first novel in verse.
Demitria Lunetta is the author of many YA books including: THE FADE, BAD BLOOD, and the sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END. BITTER & SWEET is her first Hi-Lo book and also available from Rosen Publishing. Find her at, on twitter @DemitriaLunetta and on Facebook facebook/DemitriaLunettaAuthor.

Webinar Fees – Free. $10 for recording for SCBWI members

Hosted by (Region Info) – IL


Capturing an Editor’s Attention through Innovation for your Nonfiction Book with Jennifer Swanson

Thursday, September  9, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – Does your book need some sprucing up to get picked out of the slush pile? Try mixing things up. With this interactive talk, Jennifer will show you how adding innovative voice, structure, and point of view can grab the attention of an agent or editor and get you noticed! Handouts and specific tips and tricks to improve your manuscript will be provided.For nonfiction writers of PB, MG, and YA.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: FREE
Non-members: $25

Hosted by (Region Info) – Maryland


Perfecting the Nonfiction Proposal with author and agent Jacqui Lipton

Oct.19, 7 pm – 8:30 pm Central Time

Webinar Description – Nonfiction has been gaining traction in recent years in children’s publishing, especially as authors and publishing houses have broken out of the traditional “textbook” model and have looked to create informational and fact-filled texts that are engaging, interactive and just plain fun. A particular advantage of taking a more creative approach to nonfiction is that you can potentially position your book for both the trade and educational markets and interest a greater variety of editors and ultimately readers.

In this interactive workshop we will look at the nuts and bolts of proposing a nonfiction project, focusing on writing a polished proposal, and accompanying query, for middle grade and YA crossover nonfiction. We’ll also talk a little bit about strategies for presenting nonfiction picture books in newer and more original ways than the traditional “PB bio” format that has filled—some would say overfilled—the market in recent years.

Jacqui Lipton, M.F.A., Ph.D. is a literary agen

Webinar Fees – The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI members, and $55 for non-members.

Picture Book Weekend – From Idea to Bookshelf

25-26 September 2021 10am-3:30pm GMT

Webinar Description – The life of a Picture Book from initial idea to bookshelf with JAMES MAYHEW • MINI GREY • CHITRA SOUNDAR • DAPO ADEOLA
Get the inside scoop on how a picture book is put together with exclusive insights from commissioning editors, agents, a bookseller and unmissable marketing and publicity tips from bestselling authors and illustrators

Two whole days of picture book bonanza from the comfort of your own home!  (recording available for two weeks after the event).

Webinar Fees – £35 for members
£60 for non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – British Isles


Friday, Sept 24th – Sunday, Sept 26th, 2021

Webinar Description – Our fall conference line up includes keynotes: Molly Idle, Carole Boston Weatherford, and Jeffery Weatherford, 4 intensives, critiques with 5 agents & 6 editors, portfolio reviews with 3 art directors, and more!

Webinar Fees – Carolinas member $50
SCBWI member $60
Non-member: $75
Conference add-ons priced individually

Hosted by (Region Info) – Carolinas

Grow With the Pros! Agent Jennifer March Soloway Beginnings & Endings: Intriguing Hooks + Surprising Last Pages = Reader Satisfaction

Saturday, September 18, 2021 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. PDT)  Registration opens March 1, 2021

Webinar Description – We are so fortunate to host agent-extraordinaire Jennifer March Soloway for the our final “Grow With the Pros” webinar of the year! Jennifer is with the highly regarded Andrea Brown Literary Agency and is a top agent in her own right. She is offering paid critiques along with a submission opportunity to her afterwards.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI members $25
non-SCBWI members $35
Critiques $45
Student discounts apply

Educational Publishing Webinar Series with Mentorship Option

Saturdays from September 4 to October 16th, 2021 at 2pm Mountain Time

Webinar Description – Educational publishers need writers for nonfiction and fiction books, test passages and questions, lesson plans, and more. Learn about the options in educational publishing, what makes a good work-for-hire writer, how to approach publishers, and how to produce a good resume and writing sample.

Attendees will have two options:
•       Watch the webinar series and work on your own.
•       Be paired with a mentor who will review assignments. Those who complete the course assignments will finish with a writing sample and resume as well as connections to editors. The number of participants at this level will be limited by the number of mentors.

In addition, a roundtable with editors or individual meet and greet sessions with editors will be scheduled at the editors’ availability.

An effort will be made to record all sessions for those who have a conflict or register after the series begins.

Limited scholarship are available.

Webinar Fees – Members: $150 webinar series only

Nonmembers: $200 webinar series only

Webinar series with mentor: $400 (available for members only)

Hosted by (Region Info) – NM


I Get By With a Little Help from My PALS

08/18/2021 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm EDT

Webinar Description – Want to see what Indiana authors are up to? Join a special panel of published and listed members as they share what has worked, what has flopped, and what has helped them on their paths to publication.

Webinar Fees – Free to all. We welcome all writing friends!

Hosted by (Region Info) – Indiana


Prepare to Publish – Self-Publishing a Picture Book

August 18, 2021, 6:00-7:00pm

Webinar Description – This webinar is a walk-through of the design and art production process involved in preparing a picture book for upload to a self-publishing site. The intent of this session is to demystify the process. Whether you aim to prepare the files yourself, or will be hiring a consultant or designer, knowing the steps involved will be beneficial in helping to get you across the finish line.

Webinar Fees – $10 for SCBWI members, $20 for non-SCBWI members


Layering in Layers in Picture Books with Wendi Silvano

Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 12 PM Eastern/11 AM Central/10 AM Mountain/9 AM Pacific

Webinar Description – Does your story fall “flat”? Does it have too much of a “surface-level” feel? If so, you need to add layers. A picture book with more than one layer will have more than one reason to be read and re-read. Layers will increase the payoff and marketability of your story, and make it all the more enticing to an editor and your readers. In this workshop, Wendi will discuss (and show examples of) many different types of layers you can consider adding to help give your picture book manuscript that extra depth and delight.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional Picture Book Fiction Manuscript from Wendi Silvano following live webinar: $70

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV

FREE WEBINAR SERIES: First Page Center Stage

Monday & Thursdays, August 12-September 13, 2021  @7pm EST

Webinar Description – Each webinar will focus on one category/genre—PB, CB, MG, YA and NF. Publishing experts in each category will spend the hour giving live editor or art director feedback (First Pages for manuscripts or First Looks for illustrations) on pre-submitted materials from participants (that’s you!)

Join us for any or all of these focused FIRST PAGE/FIRST LOOKS sessions!

Optional: A limited number of critiques are available for purchase. See the registration below for more information.

(Presentations will be recorded and the recording link provided to all participants registered prior to the event. *Registration for the live webinar link closes 5am the morning of each event.

**Recording links for the whole First Page Center Stage series will be emailed to all participants AFTER the final webinar in September and will then be available for two weeks.

***You only need to register once to receive the link for all FIRST PAGE CENTER STAGE events.)

Webinar Fees – Members= FREE


ILLUSTRATOR EVENT: From Concept to Dummy with illustrator Claire Lordon

July 21, 2021 at 8:00pm – 9:15pm Israel Time

Webinar Description – Join us as we meet with author-Illustrator Claire Lordon, who will share her entire process of  creating a ready-to-submit picture book dummy.
She’ll begin with a text-only manuscript and take us through the stages of design, beginning with creating thumbnail sketches, then transforming them into a complete book dummy ready to submit to publishers either in print or as a PDF.

We’ll give you time for questions at the end as well as hearing about some of Claire’s experiences working as a children’s book artist.

Claire Lordon is an illustrator and designer living in Vancouver, Canada. With a BFA in illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design, she creates picture books, comics, educational materials, surface designs, murals, maps, and greeting cards for a number of companies. Her debut YA graphic novel, One in a Million, will be published in fall 2023 by Candlewick.

Claire’s work is inspired by her lifelong spirit for adventure, love of the outdoors, and enthusiasm for trave

Webinar Fees – EARLYBIRD (until July 1) – SCBWI Members (any region): ₪35 (about $10)
EARLYBIRD (until July 1) – Non-Members: ₪45 (about $13)
REGULAR – SCBWI Members: ₪45 (about $13)
REGULAR – Non-Members: ₪55 (about $16)

Hosted by (Region Info) – Israel


PAL Presentation: Kristi Valiant  Digital Illustration Has Come a Long Way!

Saturday, July 17th, 2021 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar Description – Our former RA and PAL author-illustrator member, Kristi Valiant, is our presenter for July:

Kristi creates her illustrations from sketch to finish on her computer, but some of her art directors and editors don’t realize it. During this session, you’ll learn ways to mimic traditional media in Adobe Photoshop. Kristi will also demonstrate her technique in Adobe Illustrator for drawing black & white realistic line drawings for educational work. All without the hazard of knocking dirty painting water over. Kristi will also throw in a few tips for catching the eyes of editors and art directors online.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI members Free!
non- members $10

Master Class: Writing As and For Your Younger Self


Is My Manuscript Diverse Enough?: Discussing Missing Elements in Multicultural Children’s Literature with Taraneh Matloob

90 minute Webinar  Friday, July 16, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – The issue of cultural accuracy and authenticity is not as simple as whether the author is a cultural insider or outsider to his or her subject matter. Vital errors can occur in either case, as can authentic writing. This webinar will introduce and practice a process for vetting cultural content before publication that is applicable to many cultures and situations. The session focuses on un-narrated or mis-narrated elements of stories of others whose general lack of representation contributes to the invisibility of their needs, concerns, and pain. The discussion examines stories about people of color and spans all different forms of diversity, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class, age, and different levels of ability, with concrete examples that represent authentic and inauthentic stories about others and how a vetting cultural content may bring together disparate groups of insiders and outsiders.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Optional Written Critique from Taraneh Matloob following live webinar (picture book fiction and middle grade fiction only):

First Page Critique: $25
Query Letter Critique: $25
10-Page Manuscript Excerpt Critique: $70
Illustrator Portfolio Critique: $70
Picture book or graphic novel dummy critique: $70

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV

Sensitivity Reader? – Does My ‘Script Need One?

Saturday, July 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am Central Time

Margeaux Weston is a neurodivergent writer and editor. As a sensitivity reader, she works with creators who want to write authentic characters for young and young adult readers. Margeaux  has a degree in English, with a concentration in writing and culture, from Louisiana State University. She has written four children’s books, including two in the upcoming Days That Changed America series for Capstone Publishing. Margeaux is also an editor at the Hugo nominated Fiyah Magazine. As an editor, she enjoys working with speculative fiction, kid lit, nonfiction, and historical fiction authors at Little Blk Books, LLC.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members $15; Non-members $35

Hosted by Louisiana/Mississippi

Camp KidLit Compass

July 6-10, 2021, 7:00-9:00pm EDT

Webinar Description – Camp KidLit Compass, hosted by SCBWI PA West on the evenings of July 6-10, 2021, will connect writers and illustrators in Zoom-based cabins, led by top Craft and Industry Counselors. Each casual evening session will be themed around strengthening your creative work as well as building your industry network, culminating in a Saturday night pitch party that will rival any campfire singalong. Enrollment will be limited to approximately 60 participants. Campers will be grouped into cabins by genre or category. Each cabin will have no more than eight campers and will also include a Craft Counselor (published author or illustrator) AND an Industry Counselor (literary agent or editor). You will stick with the same cabin and counselors all week!

Webinar Fees – $125 for SCBWI members and $150 for non-members..

Hosted by (Region Info) – PA West

Summer Springboard for Illustrators Illustration Craft Workshop with Sunny Duran, Joyce Hesselberth, and Timothy Young

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 at 7-9 PM Eastern/6-8 PM Central/5-7 PM Mountain/4-6 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – Spring into your illustration with this craft-intensive webinar, as three illustrators share on-screen or video demonstrations of their working methods, followed by Q&A time:

Have you ever wondered if you could use your iPad to create a picture book? Join Sunny Duran as she walks you through how she creates picture books on her iPad using Procreate.

Where do ideas come from? Author-illustrator Joyce Hesselberth explores the beginnings of ideas for picture books and shows how they go from sketchbook doodles to fully formed stories.

Have you ever wanted to explore a new medium or style? Author-illustrator Timothy Young will talk about the techniques he used in illustrating the rare and unusual animals in his forthcoming book P is for Puffin. He will also talk about his inspirations for creating the book.

Whether your medium of choice is traditional, digital, or hybrid, learn tips that will take your illustration to the next level. Watch live or recorded and get inspired!

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access.

Optional written critiques following webinar:

Picture book dummy critique: $70.00
Portfolio Critique (up to 15 images): $70.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV


Writing Memoir for MG & YA Readers

June 28, 2021, 8:00–9:15 AM PDT

Webinar Description – In this 75-minute Zoom keynote with memoirist, editor, and book coach Allison K Williams, we’ll cover publishing trends in MG and YA memoir and how to know if your story is suitable for your age group. We’ll look at key elements of a memoir proposal, and how to find the best agents and publishers to represent your work. Finally, we’ll look at what you should be reading, watching, and listening to now, to discover what young readers need from your story. See full details on the events page!

Webinar Fees – FREE

Hosted by (Region Info) – WA

Master Class: Writing As and For Your Younger Self

June 28, 2021, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM PDT

Webinar Description – Memoir expert Allison K Williams will share a wealth of knowledge and concrete strategies for helping you figure out how best to structure your MG or YA memoir to engage readers, agents, and publishers.

Webinar Fees – $15 for SCBWI members, $20 for nonmembers

Hosted by (Region Info) – WA


All About the Middle: Writing for the MG Audience with Leah Henderson

June 26, 2021 10:00am – 11:30am Mountain Daylight Time

Webinar Description – Middle grade novels are all about heart, voice, character and answering the questions young readers are exploring. During this workshop, we will discuss essential elements surrounding and running through captivating middle grade novels including character arc, setting, plot turns, and voice to find the heart of the middle grade story audiences are searching for.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member  $15

Hosted by (Region Info) – CO

Art Rep Day 2021 with Chad Beckerman

June 26, 2021 at 10:00am – 4:00pm Central Time

Webinar Description – Join us on June 26, 2021 to learn from Chad Beckerman, agent at the CAT Agency, about the importance of finding your visual voice. Learn how voice sets illustrators apart, keeps your career moving forward, and what the difference is between voice and style. In addition to his presentation, Chad will be offering a limited number of portfolio critiques.

Webinar Fees – Member ticket: $50
Portfolio critique: $55

Hosted by – North TX

Food for Thought: PUBLISHING BUSINESS 101

Saturday, June 19, 2021 at 10AM – 12PM CST

Webinar Description – PUBLISHED MEMBERS, join us for SCBWI-Illinois’ Food For Thought, with Patricia Stockland, founder & CEO of Kind World Publishing & Consulting, for a peek behind the publishing curtain.

Patricia will introduce her publishing house and give an insider’s perspective on the business side of publishing, including the analysis of sales data, revenue projections, and trends & gaps in the market and MORE!

Webinar Fees – SCBWI PAL & FULL (Independently Published Members) $10

Hosted by (Region Info) – Illinois

Like an Onion: Creating Multilayered Characters in a Compact Space with author Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

June 15, 7 pm to 8:30 pm Central Time

Memorable picture book characters are as intricate as their novel counterparts—but the author only has about 500 words to create facets and complexity (and don’t forget plot!). This workshop focuses on techniques to create strong picture book characters that intrigue and captivate while balancing story length and art concerns.

This workshop will cover 8 techniques to maximize impact while minimizing word count:
1. Pairing plot to theme by marrying action to meaning
2. Creating context to magnify the changes in emotion
3. Using relationships to reveal character
4. Creating a Functional Flaw to increase a character’s appeal to the reader
5. Mastering the art of the Art Note
6. Removing layers that detract from the text (like stage directions, excessive dialogue, etc)
7. Avoiding the passive voice
8. Revising away from “thought words”


8-Webinar Series: Summer Springboard for Writers with Meg Eden

Wednesdays June 9-July 28, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central/8 AM Mountain/7 AM Pacific; Each webinar is 30 minutes long.

Webinar Description – Spend this summer diving into your writing with our Summer Springboard series! In this course, we’ll explore some of the key components that make for good writing in kidlit craft. We’ll partake in exercises to strengthen our own craft, while also reading and dissecting specific examples from contemporary kidlit for what they do well (and in some cases, perhaps not as well). We’ll discuss topics including:

The Hook (openings)
Plot, energy and “The Bones” (narrative structure)
Voice and Personality
Point of View
Form and Objects
Business Informing Craft
Reviewing Books You Love (and Hate!)
Our examples will largely come from middle grade and young adult novels, but principles will still apply to other genres including nonfiction and picture books.

Webinar Fees – Registration to view all 8 webinars live and access recordings:

SCBWI Members: $40
Non-members: $100
Registration will remain open through July 28, 2021. If you register after the series begins, you will receive links to the recordings for the live sessions that have already passed.

Optional written critiques from the presenter following the series:

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

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV

Portfolio Review Webinar with Deborah Warren, East-West Literary

June 17, 2021 at 7:30 pm Central Time

Webinar Description – We have a fantastic opportunity for illustrators! Want to know what a top-industry agent looks for in a portfolio? Want to see how your work measures up and how to make it stronger? This event is for you.

Deborah Warren with East–West Literary, a boutique agency representing award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators, will provide a written critique of each participating illustrator’s portfolio. For follow up, Deborah will lead a webinar to highlight the most important qualities she seeks in a portfolio, cover how each illustrator’s art aligns with children’s publishing marketability, and share her vision as an artists’ and authors’ rep.

Interested illustrators and author/illustrators can sign up for a critique plus webinar or webinar only.

PF review registration closes May 13.

Webinar Fees – Webinar only:
$10 for SCBWI Members
$25 for non-members

Optional portfolio critique (members only): $45


Their Voice, Their Perspective: Writing Cross-Cultural Stories Others Deserve with Leah Henderson

90 minute Webinar  Thursday, June 17, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – With the growing demand for added diversity in children’s literature, it is more important than ever to depict these characters authentically. Pulling from personal experience, the presenter will share various strategies and resources that can help in creating fully-rounded and authentic characters which mirror a different perspective. The pitfalls and false starts many writers encounter will also be discussed as well as approaches to avoid and work through them with the mindset of striving to do no harm. This session is a safe space in which to ask any and all questions in pursuit of telling a more accurate, and well-balanced cross-cultural story.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
(includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access)

Optional Written Critique from Leah Henderson following live webinar:

First Page Critique (picture book fiction or nonfiction or MG fiction): $25
Picture Book (Fiction or Nonfiction) Manuscript Critique or 10-Page Manuscript Excerpt Critique (MG fiction): $70

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV



A virtual conference via Zoom with consultations and a portfolio gallery and contest (via Facebook Page Album).

Friday, June 11 with Art Director Maria Middleton, Candlewick; “Digital Portfolio Building”

 Saturday, June 12 with Keynote with Newbery winning author, Linda Sue Park “Writing Outside of Your Lane”; Editor Talia Benamy, Philomel “Positioning Your Pitch”; Editor Elizabeth Law, Holiday House “The Hook’s The Thing (but don’t forget Structure, Structure, Structure!)”; Pro Series Foreword Publicity, Alysson Foti Bourque & Lori Orlinsky “State of Marketing: How to move “forward” with your book marketing”
Equity & Inclusion Scholarship: for two attendees identifying as a writer or illustrator from a marginalized group donated by Linda Sue Park

Cost: $55 Members /$95 Non-Members (recordings avail up to 14 days) 

Hosted by SCBWI Louisiana/Mississippi Region


Illustrators Who Want to Write

Thursday, June 10, 2021  @7pm

Webinar Description – Have you started your publication journey with a focus on illustrating? Have a story that’s blooming in your artwork? Or maybe you’re new to writing and illustrating? Join literary agent Shadra Strickland as she shares experiences from her own journey as illustrator who started to write. Not only will it open doors to query a wider range of literary agents, but understanding story writing just might help strengthen your illustrations as well.

Webinar Fees – Member 2-webinar ticket= $25
Non-member 2-webinar ticket=$40

Member 1-webinar ticket= $15
Non-member 1-webinar ticket= $25

Written-only Critique= $50
Written + ZOOM Critique=$60

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern PA


Writers Who Want to Illustrate

Monday, June 7, 2021  @7pm

Webinar Description – Are you  a beginning illustrator? Or maybe a writer who has dabbled in drawings or just toyed with the idea of illustrating your own work? Perhaps you’re a beginning writer who would benefit from knowing how to think more like an illustrator? If any of these sound like you, join literary agent Shadra Strickland for a discussion on just what it takes to become an author-illustrator. Not only will it open doors to query a wider range of literary agents, but knowing what it takes to become an illustrator just might help strengthen your writing as well.

Webinar Fees – Member 2-webinar ticket= $25
Non-member 2-webinar ticket=$40

Member 1-webinar ticket= $15
Non-member 1-webinar ticket= $25

Written-only Critique= $50
Written + ZOOM Critique=$60

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern PA



KidLit Tools Workshop: Five Steps for Crafting a Compelling Nonfiction or Fiction Book Proposal

June 5. 2021 1:00pm-2:30pm Pacific Time

Webinar Description – A book proposal explains your book idea and what makes it a marketable product. It acts as a persuasive plan for your book that convinces a publisher to make an investment.

Attendees will learn how to bring their ideas to fruition by crafting a five-part proposal. We’ll discuss the many layers needed to showcase your story in proposal form; we’ll uncover ways to curate language, color,and texture; and we’ll focus on finding your story’s “heartbeat.” Bring your ideas and come prepared to write!

Presented by Kim Tomsic, author of the award-winning book, The 11:11 Wish, The 12th Candle, and also the critically acclaimed nonfiction picture book Guitar Genius: How Les Paul Engineered the Solid Body Electric Guitar and Rocked the World! Her next nonfiction picture book, The Elephants Come Home, releases with Chronicle Books on May 18, 2021.

Triple Scoop Picture Book Revision ReTREAT

 Saturdays, June 5, 12, 19 at 9:00 am – 12:30 pm EST

Webinar Description – A virtual picture book retreat for  experienced picture book writers or writer/illustrators who have a completed, critiqued, and polished draft picture book manuscript that’s ready for next level critique and revision with industry professionals.

Participants will work in a small critique group with an assigned Picture Book Coach to receive feedback on your manuscript and revise over two sessions to prep for a third session featuring first impression feedback from an agent/editor assigned to your small critique group.

The ReTREAT also includes two revision presentations from editors, an agent/editor Q&A panel, an option to purchase a written critique from your assigned agent/editor after the ReTREAT, and full faculty submission opportunities.

Capped at 80 participants. Registration opens April 19 at 7:00 pm EST. ReTREAT Manuscripts due April 30.

**Under-Represented Voices ReTREAT Scholarship available for an Ohio resident. Applications due April 11.**

Webinar Fees – • Early Bird Member Rate (before May 10) is $175

• Early Bird Non-Member Rate (before May 10) is $225

• Regular Member Rate (after May 10) is $225

• Regular Non-Member Rate (after May 10) is $275

• Optional written-only critique feedback from the assigned editor/agent is $45

Hosted by (Region Info) – Ohio North

KidLit Tools Workshop: Inside-Out: Creating Believable Characters Through Emotion & Sensory Detail

May 29, 2021 10:00am-11:30am Pacific Time

Webinar Description – Emotion and sensory detail are important aspects of creating believable characters and experiences and engaging readers. But how do you do that? This workshop will provide key methods  and tools for layering emotional and sensory detail into your novel that will add depth to your characters and their world. The first half of this workshop will focus on infusing the story with emotion. The second half of the workshop will provide exercises for including sensory details in your fiction, using all five (make that six) senses.
Sharon likes to put the “work” in workshop, so come prepared to do some writing!
Sharon Skinner holds a BA in English, an MA in Creative Writing and is a Certified Book Coach and freelance editor. She is the author of eight published novels, a picture book, and a variety of short stories and poetry. As a Book Coach her goal is to provide book coaching with honesty and heart and help writers weave their words into stories that shine.

Webinar Fees – Cost:

$15.00 Member Regular Rate
$25.00 Non-member Regular Rate

How to Keep Your Career Afloat: Staying on Trend without Sacrificing Your Style with Nicole Tugeau, Agent and Owner of Tugeau 2 Art & Literary Agency

This is 90 minute presentation starts with a brief introduction and ends with an open Q&A. It’s geared toward the career illustrators who have years and clients under their belt. Nicole talk about the state of the current market including statistics and observations and move into some trends—both stylistic and corporate—we saw during the pandemic (2020) and what we’re seeing as we move out of or away from (hopefully) the pandemic (2021). After that, Nicole will speak about what it means to be ‘relevant” and ‘on-trend.’ And discuss why…and sometimes why not(!) this is important to consider. From thee, she will discuss ways to “be” on-trend without chasing.
The tone of this presentation is positive, supportive, and always optimistic.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member Ticket – $25.00

Non SCBWI Member Ticket – $35.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – New York, Long Island

Zoom Presentation – Agent Nicole Tugeau Portfolio Day

Saturday, May 25th, 2021 10:00am –  3:00pm EST

Webinar Description – ***** Limited Spots *****

Nicole Tugeau, Owner and Agent of Tugeau 2 Art and Literary Agency, and Lillian Mazeika, Junior Agent, (she/they) at the agency, will give a review, constructive feedback, and critiques for 20 SCBWI illustrator participants. There are 10 slots for each agent. First come, first served. We will have two zoom dial/links provided for those participating. We cannot guarantee a morning or afternoon slot for you. When you do receive your time with an agent, we ask you to please arrange your time accordingly. if you have to drop out for whatever reason, please let us know the sooner the better, and 24 hours in advance, before the portfolio day. Of course, for emergencies we completely understand. On Portfolio Day, both Nicole and Lillian are phenomenal agents, so please give them the courtesy and be on time for your review. For those on a waiting list, we will keep you appraise if someone drops out.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member – $50
Hosted by – SCBWI Long Island Chapter


Show & Tell 2021: An Online Pitch Event

Saturday May 22, 2021 from 9:30 AM-4:45 PM Eastern

Webinar Description – Make your pitch shine in our new interactive Online Pitch Event! In this event, you will:
-learn about the author/illustrator/agent relationship in an interactive agent panel
-connect with fellow writers in our exclusive event Google Group
-ask your industry-related questions to faculty agents in our Q&A
-participate in our pitch roundtables and have the rare opportunity to get immediate feedback on your pitch directly from agents!
Participants will have the opportunity to query participating agents after the event.
Chad Beckerman, The CAT Agency
Linda Camacho, Galt & Zacker Literary
Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, Associate Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agenc
Tara Gonzalez, Associate Agent, Erin Murphy Literary 
Ann Rose, Prospect Agency
All registrants for this event will also automatically be registered for our March 20 Pitch Panel featuring pitching tips from published authors (details to come!) and will have access to the recording through May 31.

Webinar Fees – Registration access for morning panels (includes live event plus 30 days of recording access):
•       SCBWI Member: $20 Early Bird (by March 15); $30 regular
•       Nonmember Admission: $40 Early Bird (by March 15); $50 regular
Add-ons Available:
•       Afternoon breakout roundtables with pitch feedback: $25 per session
•       First page critique: $25
•       Query letter critique: $25
•       Manuscript excerpt (up to 10 pages) critique: $70
•       Portfolio review: $70
•       Picture book or graphic novel dummy critique: $70

Hosted by  – MD/DE/WV

Graphic Novels with Author/Illustrator Drew Brockington

May 21, 2021, at 7 p.m. Central Time

Webinar Description – Drew will examine different styles of graphic novels and the mechanics of how a comic page works. He will break down the process of creating a graphic novel into manageable chunks of pitching, scripting, storyboarding, and illustrating. Whether you’re curious about comics or ready to start inking your own graphic novel, this session will offer some great insight into the genre. A recording will be available for one month after the webinar.

A portfolio review includes a written critique and option for an up to 30 minute in-person Zoom. For those signing up for the portfolio review, guidelines for the portfolio submission will be sent after the webinar.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member: $15
Non-SCBWI member: $25
Portfolio review: $25

Hosted by – Texas Southwest


Query Grind–Part 3: Navigating the Author/Agent Relationship with literary agent Reiko Davis

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @7pm EST

Webinar Description – You’ve written a wonderful manuscript, crafted a query letter that you’ve submitted to agents, and now you’re fielding interest from an agent who wishes to discuss representation with you. What are the next steps? This seminar explores the ins and outs of the relationship between author and agent, beginning with the preliminary conversation you have with one. We will discuss the process of signing with an agent, preparing a project for submission to editors, and beyond. We will cover communication, author/agent agreements, the editorial process, contract negotiation, and the agent’s role once a project is sold to a publisher. This seminar will be a 60-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with attendees.

Reiko will be offering a limited number of query-package critiques for this event. See ticket information below to register for this opportunity.


Taking Your Author Website to the Next Level

May 18th, 7-8:30pm EST

Webinar Description – Join us on May 18th to learn more about creating effective author websites with Nate Hoffelder. The past year has shown us that an author’s website is more important than ever. Authors can no longer count on opportunities to meet people in person and win them over; now they have to woo online – and that includes on their author websites. Join Nate to learn about refreshing your author website with a new look and new functionality.

Webinar Fees – $15, members
$30, non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid Atlantic


Crafting Chapter Books

Tue, May 18 7pm-8pm ET

Webinar Description – What is a chapter book? How is it different from a picture book or a novel for older readers? How do you write for a series? Debbi Michiko Florence, author of the acclaimed chapter book series Jasmine Toguchi and My Furry Foster Family series will share details about the journey to publication for Jasmine Toguchi and an overview of what you need to know to start writing your own chapter books. Debbi will share a list of mentor texts and answer questions.

*This live workshop will not be recorded.

Webinar Fees – $15 SCBWI members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Westchester, NY



Viewing Available May 17-June 16

Webinar Description – COACHING CHATS
These recorded chats with editors and agents will answer your questions about how kidlit professionals scout for new talent, coach clients and create literary line-ups. Series includes unlimited viewings of BOTH recorded Agent and Editor Chats for one month.

Agent Coaching Chat:
Joanna MacKenzie, Agent, Nelson Literary Agency; Dan Cramer, Associate Agent, Flannery Literary Agency

Editor Coaching Chat
Joy Triche, Publisher, Tiger Stripe Books, Mabel Hsu, Editor, Katherine Tegen Books & Feather Flores, Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books

Stitch together feedback into your WIP to submit to our faculty members.

Add a critique with CRAMER, MAC KENZIE or TRICHE for an additional fee.

Webinar Fees – COACHING CHATS + CRITIQUE SERIES Member Fee: $25 USD.
Non-Member Fee: $45 USD.


Hosted by (Region Info) – IL


Self-publishing children’s books: An Introduction

May 16, 2021 at 5:00pm-6:30pm Paris Time (CET)

Webinar Description – Self-publishing is becoming a more and more popular option for authors and illustrators. In this 90 minute webinar, author Karen Inglis will give an overview of the process and help you understand the key options for self-publishing in print and in eBooks, including:
– working with illustrators and editors
– how to find the best collaborators
– scams to look out for
– first steps towards marketing
The presentation will be followed by a Q & A.
About Karen:
Self-published international bestselling author Karen Inglis writes picture books, chapter books and short middle grade novels for ages 3-11. Her time travel adventure The Secret Lake has sold close to 300,000 copies in print in the English language. Karen has presented on children’s self-publishing around the UK and is Children’s Advisor at The Alliance of Independent Authors. She blogs at

Webinar Fees – 20€ for SCBWI members
40€ for non-members.

Hosted by (Region Info) – France

SCBWI-IL Pitch N’ Stitch

Friday May 14 – Saturday May 15

Webinar Description – PITCH your work-in-progress N’ STITCH together feedback into post-event critiques and submissions:
Ask YOUR questions about how our kidlit professionals scout for new talent, coach clients and create literary line-ups.
Pitch up to 3 log lines!  Our industry professionals choose your most promising log line and give immediate feedback on its corresponding first page.
This event MVP will receive a 1:1 Zoom + Written Critique of a manuscript OR dummy with Dan Cramer of Flannery Literary.
Insider information to submit your WIPs to our faculy.

— Flannery Literary, Nelson Literary, Katherine Tegen Books, Candlewick & Tiger Stripe Books

Webinar Fees – — SCBWI MEMBERS $85
— Non-MEMBERS $140
—Optional Post-event Critiques (extra $55)

Hosted by (Region Info) – Illinois

The Ins, Outs & All About Writing with a Passion & Sustaining Your Career

 Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 7PM-9PM CST

Webinar Description – Join us to chat with Jennifer Ward, author of 26 books for children over the course of 23 years (and all books still in print!) 
Jennifer’s books have received many honors, including an ALA Notable for MAMA BUILT A LITTLE NEST, illustrated by Caldecott medalist Steve Jenkins (Beach Lane Books),3 starred reviews for WHAT WILL GROW?, illustrated by Susie Ghahremani (Beach Lane Books), and a Hornbook Fanfare Selection for HOW TO FIND A BIRD, illustrated by Diana Sudyka (Beach Lane Books), among many others.
Jennifer will share strategies for mining ideas, turning ideas into stories and the many ins and outs of making sure each “book baby” gets the attention it deserves via networking, marketing and adapting to the ever-changing book world (Hello, virtual visits!)

Webinar Fees – — LIVE EVENT is free and open to all.
— Pre-purchase an event recording for a one-time convenience fee for unlimited viewings through June 13th.
——SCBWI Members $10; Non-Members $15

Hosted by (Region Info) – Illinois



KidLit Nonfiction Workshop: Interest + Impact: Finding a Marketable Nonfiction Topic and Where to Go From There

May 8, 2021 10:00AM-11:00Am Pacific Time

Webinar Description – Librarians love them. Teachers share them. Parents crave them. Nonfiction manuscripts are selling well!

Learn how to focus STEM-related ideas using the Next Gen Science Standards. In addition, we’ll discuss strong opening scenes that hook young readers from page one.

Attendees will learn how to determine whether your NF idea will excite an agent/editor plus tips on the research process, openings that hook your reader, photo research, and more. Participants will also gain tips for staying organized during the research phase, from quote sources to photo acquisitions.

Presented by Lori Alexander. Her first non-fiction chapter book, ALL IN A DROP (HMH), received a 2020 Sibert Honor Award for distinguished nonfiction. Her biography of Ludwig Guttmann, founder of the Paralympic Games, A SPORTING CHANCE (HMH), was a Junior Library Guild Selection, received multiple starred reviews, and was named a Kirkus “Best Books of 2020.”

Webinar Fees – $10.00 Member Regular Rate
$20.00 Non-member Regular Rate

Hosted by (Region Info) – Arizona

What Editors, Art Directors, and Agents Want: Preparing the Illustrator, and Their Portfolio with Nicole Tugeau, Agent and Owner of Tugeau 2 Art and Literary Agency

Webinar Date – May, 7, 2021 at 7:00-8:30pm Eastern Standard Time

Webinar Description – This 90-minute zoom presentation starts a brief introduction of the agency. Nicole will then ask two important questions, “Are you ready to be a professional illustrator?” and “Are you ready for an agent?” Nicole will respond to each of these questions at length.
Nicole will share key insights and information on why professional illustrators need to be flexible (to a point) and able to take criticism (constructive), and what agents can offer and help artists in their careers. Nicole will also discuss the professional portfolio.

The basic mechanics (how many pieces, spot versus full-bleed, color versus black&white, etc.)
Go to into deeper, narrative, and emotive properties of a great portfolio with ideas and tips a long the way.
How to put a great portfolio to good use.
How to research and approach an agent.
How to get the attention of a great editor and/or art director with or without an agent!

“The tone of this talk is supportive and positive…” Nicole Tugeau

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member Ticket – $25.00

Non SCBWI Member – $35.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – Long Island, New York


Zoom Presentation – What Editors, Art Directors, and Agents Want: with Agent Nicole Tugeau

May 7th, Friday, 7-8:30 pm EST

Webinar Description – What Editors, Art Directors, and Agents Want: Preparing the Illustrator and Their Portfolio

This 90-minute zoom presentation starts a brief introduction of the agency. Nicole will then ask two important questions, “Are you ready to be a professional illustrator?” and “Are you ready for an agent?” Nicole will respond to each of these questions at length. Nicole will share key insights and information on why professional illustrators need to be flexible (to a point) and able to take criticism (constructive), and what agents can offer and help artists in their careers. Nicole will also discuss the professional portfolio.

The basic mechanics (how many pieces, spot versus full-bleed, color versus black&white, etc.)
Go to into deeper, narrative, and emotive properties of a great portfolio with ideas and tips a long the way.
How to put a great portfolio to good use.
How to research and approach an agent.
How to get the attention of a great editor and/or art director with or without an agent

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member -$25
Non SCBWI Member – $35

Hosted by (Region Info) – SCBWI Long Island Chapter


Poetic Techniques to Help Make Your Writing Come Alive

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 7:30 – 8:30pm EDT

Webinar Description – Can studying poetry help a prose writer? It turns out that the answer is a resounding “yes.” This interactive session with best-selling author Jo Watson Hackl (Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe) will explore how many of the tips and techniques poets use in their craft can help take your writing to the next level. The session will provide practical tips and tools and handouts to make your writing more powerful — and more fun.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Carolinas members: $10
SCBWI members: $15
Non-members: $20

Picture Book Building Blocks  Webinar with Agent Paige Terlip

Monday May 10, 2021 at 7 PM EST

Webinar Description – Picture Book Building Blocks is designed to help writers construct stories by introducing tools to create a picture book blueprint, build a strong foundation, and frame their story.

Webinar Fees – Non-Member webinar ticket= $25
Member webinar ticket= $15

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

The Heart of Your Story: Outlines for Brainstorming and Revision

May 4, 2021, 7-8:30 pm (Eastern)

Webinar Description – Lisa Papademetriou brings her signature humor to revealing the art of the outline. Outlines are the editor’s secret weapon, and help writers focus on the essentials in their story to see the big picture and eliminate dropped subplots, unimportant digressions, and pointless characters. Writers can use outlines for brainstorming and/or revising narratives, and this workshop will reveal the techniques that Lisa has been using and refining for the past fifteen years in her roles as an editor, writer, writing instructor, and app creator. (Come prepared to write, brainstorm, and create simple drawings.)
** Those who pre-register will be able to view a recorded version for 30 days.

Webinar Fees – Members: $15
Non-Members: $30

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid-Atlantic

Poetry Magic with Michelle Schaub: Exploring the Children’s Poetry Market

Webinar Date – Monday, May 3, 2020 at 6 PM CST

Webinar Description – Join us for a magical, lyrical evening as Michelle Schaub shares her love and passion for poetry and explores anthology & magazine opportunities and putting together a poetry picture book collection. With her poetry, Michelle strives to enhance her readers’ concept development, vocabulary, and literacy skills. She believes in the magic of words, and uses wordplay, and the sounds and rhythms of language to enchant and motivate kids. Her writing sparks curiosity about the world and the people in it. Michelle will share with us the skills we need to find submission opportunities as we strive for writing success.

Webinar Fees – LIVE EVENT FREE and open to all.
Purchase event recording for a one-time convenience fee for unlimited viewings through June 3rd: SCBWI Members $10; Non-Members $15

Hosted by (Region Info) – IL


Grow With the Pros! Art Director Kirk Benshoff  The Graphic Novel Process and how to Best Showcase Your Work

Saturday, May 1, 2021 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT

Webinar Description – 2021 is turning out to be the year of the graphic novels for IN SCBWI! To complement our graphic novel conference in January, we are so excited to have art director Kirk Benshoff from First Second follow up with a presentation on the topic. Kirk is offering paid critiques and there is a submission opportunity to him afterwards.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI member $25
Non-SCBWI members $35
Student discounts apply

Hosted by (Region Info) – Indiana SCBWI

SUBMISSION STUDIO: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, and Ten Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes!”  with Deborah Halverson

May 1, 2021, 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time

This webinar is designed for writers of all children’s book categories—beginners as well as advanced writers—looking to perfect their submission package and strategy. It will include sample query letters, a quick-reference sheet for translating editorial feedback, and a seven page master handout for you to keep.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI members: $15
Non-members: $25

Hosted by (Region Info) – Ohio: Central & South


MayFest Conference

May 1, 2021 9 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

MayFest Zoom Conference:
Keynote: Brain Lies, author & illustrator
Editor Panel:
Heather Crowley, Assistant Editor, Disney-Hyperion
Megan Ilnitzki, Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Andrea Welch, Editor, Beach Lane Press
Agent Panel:    Erin Casey, Agent, Gallt & Zacker
Karen Grencik, Red Fox Literary
Four Breakout Sessions:
How to Research, Write, and Sell Non-Fiction with Meeg Pincus, author
How to Craft a Page Turning Picture Book with Ellice Lee, Art Director, Philomel Books
4 Minutes of Fame Pitching session with Megan Ilnitzki, Editor, HarperCollins Children’s Books
Young Adult and Middle Grade Today: Where the Market is Now and How to Stand Out with Linda Camacho Agent, Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency
Judged Portfolio Showcase
Lunch Slideshow
Certificates for best manuscript from each critique faculty
MayFest will be recorded so attendees will receive a link to view the recording.
Additional fee for 15-minute Zoom critiques with editors, agents, author,  and art director.

Webinar Fees – Member registration opens 1/17/21 @ 7 p.m. (PST) & Non-members 1/20 @ 7 p.m. members. Participants will select their critique faculty.
MayFest fees:
$65 member with season ticket
$70 member without a season ticket
$80 non-member with a season ticket
$90 non-member without a season ticket

Critique fees (You must be registered for MayFest):
$65 member with season ticket
$70 member without a season ticket
$75 non-member with a season ticket
$80 non-member without a season ticket


Hosted by (Region Info) – San Diego, CA

2021 Writers & Illustrators Working Conference!

May 1-2, 7 am – 6 pm Central Time

Webinar Description – This conference offers you opportunities to learn your craft, boost your career, get feedback on your work, and meet and make friends with fellow children’s book writers and illustrators. The schedule includes keynotes; a publishing panel; 9 breakout sessions on writing, illustrating and professional development; intensives on picture books, novels and illustration; along with critiques, pitches, portfolio showcase, and more

Webinar Fees – Members  Non-Members*
Keynotes and Breakouts Only     $75     $120
Intensives Only         $50     $95
Full Conference         $100    $160

Hosted by (Region Info) – TX-Austin



Spring Studio – PrePAIRing for Success!

 May 1, 2021, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Central Time

Join us for a unique opportunity to see how publishing pairs collaborate! E&I scholarships available!

Connect with us online May 1, 2021, for our virtual Spring Studio – PrePAIRing for Success! In PrePAIRing for Success, we at SCBWI-Wisconsin are bringing together publishing pairs in two separate tracks: Middle Grade/Young Adult writing and Picture Book writing.

Our MG/YA faculty includes author (and associate agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) Zabé Ellor and Amazon Publishing editor Tiffany Shelton. Our PB faculty includes Wisconsin author Stef Wade and literary agent at McIntosh & Otis, Inc., Christa Heschke.

Registration begins February 1, 2021.

Thanks to a generous donation from editor Tiffany Shelton, we have ten Equity & Inclusion scholarships to give out. The scholarship application period is open.

To learn more and apply for a scholarship, go here:

Webinar Fees – Cost for SCBWI members is $40.
Cost for non-members is $55. 
You may also purchase an optional, written-only critique for $45. Critiques are limited, so sign up early.

Hosted by (Region Info) – Wisconsin

All STEAMed Up!

April 29, 2021, 7:00pm- 9:00pm ET

Webinar Description – In this exciting and interactive discussion, senior editor Shelby Lees of National Geographic Kids will reveal what she looks for in a submission and offer examples of voice, structure, and topics of specific books that grabbed her attention. Author Jennifer Swanson will then take over and discuss how to infuse your manuscript with active voice, tone, and structure to provide those leap-off-the-page words that will make your manuscript intriguing to editors and agents.

This is a 2 hour webinar. Shelby and Jen will each present material for about 35-40 minutes. The remaining time will be an interactive Q&A.

The webinar will be recorded and available to registered, paid participants only after the event.

In addition to the webinar, Jen and Shelby will each offer 10 critiques for a fee.

Webinar Fees – $25 for SCBWI Members

$30 for non-SCBWI Members

A limited number of manuscript critiques are available for $45.00.

Hosted by (Region Info) – PA West

FUTURE OF JEWISH KIDLIT: Inclusion & Intersectionality in Jewish Children’s Literature

April 28, 2021

Webinar Description – If you write or illustrate Jewish books, you need to hear from this panel of incredibly talented writers who will share their view of Judaism from LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and autism perspectives. Moderated by SCBWI Israel Co-Regional Advisor Tzivia MacLeod, with special guest Heidi Rabinowitz, Jewish librarian and Jewish books podcaster.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE IN ENGLISH. A recording will be available for one month following the event.
This is the first in a series of three evenings on THE FUTURE OF JEWISH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE – stay tuned for programs with PJ Library in May and a panel of Jewish publishers in June!

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members (any region)
₪80 All 3 events (about $24)
₪35 single event (about $10)

₪90 All 3 events (about $27)
₪45 single event (about $13)

Hosted by (Region Info) – Israel

Submitted by Name: Tzivia MacLeod


Characters: Reading Like a Writer & Developing Characters Readers Love

Tuesday, April 27, 2021 7:30 – 8:30pm EDT

Webinar Description – Why are characters important? What makes readers wonder and care? How can you find out more about your character? Author Susie Wilde ( leads an examination of a recent children’s book inviting participants to discuss this mentor text by “reading like writers.” Then participants have an opportunity for examining a character through writing. This online class includes resources suggesting character prompts, books with unique characters and more.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Carolinas members: $10
SCBWI members: $15
Non-members: $20

Hosted by (Region Info) – Carolinas

Submitted by Name: Erica Wood

Pull Up Your Fainting Couch: Historical Fiction Workshop with Stacey Lee

April 27, 2021 from 7:00pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Webinar Description – Join Stacey Lee, award winning author of historical young adult
fiction, including THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL for an in depth look at the
craft of writing historical fiction. We’ll cover everything from
choosing topics, to research, worldbuilding, writing for authenticity,
and the market.
** A replay of the webinar will be available 24 hours after the event for 30 days for those who pre-registered.

Webinar Fees – Members: $15
Non-Members: $30

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid-Atlantic


Southern Breeze Illustration Masterclass 2021

April 24, 2021 10am-3pm EDT

Webinar Description – 10 am – noon EDT Join Kyle T. Webster, Illustrator and Developer of Adobe’s Kyle Brushes, as he explains some tricks and shortcuts to create color harmony in your illustrations. Stick around for the second hour to experiment with style, expand your visual vocabulary, and find the right approach for your story.

1-3pm EDT Jessica Saint Jean, Agent with Jill Grinberg Literary Management, will share tips on how to navigate the querying process as an illustrator or author-illustrator, from the difference between a literary agent representing illustrators & an artist’s rep, to what to discuss with an agent on “the call”. She’ll also go over portfolio websites in-depth, sharing insights on what agents (and publishers) look for when reviewing an illustrator’s work online. There will be a Q&A after each presentation.

Webinar Fees – $50 Members
$55 Non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Southern Breeze


Get Your Picture Book Across the Finish Line with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen

April 24, 2021 at 9 am to noon CST

Webinar Description – The picture book market grows more competitive by the day, with publishers being more selective with acquisitions. Award-winning author, Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Chicks Rule, The United States vs. Jackie Robinson, Duck Duck Moose, Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, and the Purrmaids chapter book series) presents this interactive workshop in which she’ll discuss techniques to revise your drafts to perfection, including improving the pacing of the plot, enhancing the character development, and elevating the overall emotional resonance. She will also discuss the state of the current market.

Webinar Fees – Member: $30
Non-Member: $75

Hosted by (Region Info) – Kansas/Missouri


Pull Up Your Fainting Couch: Historical Fiction Workshop with Stacey Lee

April 27, 2021, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm (Eastern)

Webinar Description – Join Stacey Lee, award winning author of historical young adult
fiction, including THE DOWNSTAIRS GIRL for an in depth look at the
craft of writing historical fiction. We’ll cover everything from
choosing topics, to research, worldbuilding, writing for authenticity,
and the market.

** A replay of the webinar will be available 24 hours after the event for 30 days for those who pre-registered.

Webinar Fees – Members: $15
Non-Members: $30

Picture Books as Physical Objects  Webinar with Laurel Symonds

Thursday April 22, 2021 at 7 PM EST

Webinar Description – 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+.

Webinar Fees – Non-Member Webinar Ticket =$25
Member Webinar Ticket=$15

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania



Professional Series: A Discussion on Visual Storytelling between Illustrator and Art Director

Where and When: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Have you ever wondered how to create illustrations that carry the weight of storytelling in picture books? Illustrator-Author Eliza Wheeler and Art Director Cecilia Yung discuss visual storytelling techniques that can be used in artwork to “show, not tell”. These visual tools not only create meaning and express emotion, but they allow for sparer text choices and create space for the child listener/viewer to find their own understanding of the story. Eliza and Cecilia will use examples from their collaboration on ‘HOME IN THE WOODS’ (and other books) to inspire attendees to use these storytelling techniques in their own work. They will also discuss the balance of showing “truth” vs. taking creative liberties with semi-autobiographical source material to serve a greater goal — creating a universally relatable story.

Cecilia Yung—

Cecilia Yung is Art Director and Vice President at Penguin Books for Young Readers where she oversees illustration and design for two imprints, G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books. She is fortunate to have worked with some of the major illustrators of children’s books, but the highlight of her work is to discover and develop new talent. She is on the Board of Advisors of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) as well as a member of its Illustrators Committee.

Eliza Wheeler—

Eliza Wheeler is the illustrator-author of Home in the Woods and the NYT bestselling picture book Miss Maple’s Seeds. She received the Sendak Fellowship Award in 2017, and has illustrated numerous books for children, including Newbery Honor book Doll Bones (Holly Black), Wherever You Go and When You Are Brave (Pat Zietlow Miller), and John Ronald’s Dragons: Story of J.R.R. Tolkien (Catherine McAlister). She lives with her husband in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From Manuscript to Novel: Revising Your Way Into Print with author Ashley Hope Pérez

April 20 7pm – 8:30 pm Central Time

Writing a book-length manuscript is an incredible feat, but it’s just the beginning of your journey to publication. If you want to see your work in print, you need a deep commitment to revision—and the skills to take your story to the next level with each draft.

In this webinar, I’ll share tools I use for different stages of my revision process, including how to:
– strategize dialogue and setting
– get inside your characters’ experience
– discover new story possibilities
– use chapter openings and endings to propel readers through your story.

Wherever you are in the novel-writing process, these approaches will help you keep your bearings—and motivation—as you revise your draft into a publishable novel.

Ashley Hope Pérez is the author of three novels, including Out of Darkness, which was described by The New York Times as a “layered tale of color lines, love and struggle” and named one of Booklist’s “50 Best YA Books of All Time.” It also won a Printz honor, the Tomás Rivera Book Awa

Webinar Fees – The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI members, and $55 for non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Austin



Nonfiction Series Webinar: Science Writing Panel

April 19, 2021, at 7:00pm–8:30pm Pacific Time

Webinar Description – Panelists Mary Boone, Curtis Manley, and Ellie Peterson join SCBWI WWA’s nonfiction coordinator, Lisa L. Owens, for a conversation about the many dimensions of creating science books for young readers. We’ll take a look at each guest’s featured book (all three fall under the broader topic of the solar system/planets) and examine different approaches to homing in on a specific concept and crafting form, tone, point of view, and more.

Webinar Fees – Free

Hosted by (Region Info) – WA

RMC-SCBWI Spring Webinar Event: From Soup to Book: Behind the Scenes of WATERCRESS

4/17/2021 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm Mountain Time

Webinar Description – Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this acclaimed picture book. The team behind the upcoming WATERCRESS, including author Andrea Wang, illustrator Jason Chin, agent Erin Murphy, editor Neal Porter, and art director Jennifer Browne, will present on their roles in the picture book process, from manuscript to publication.

The afternoon will start with a panel presentation with time for Q&A. After the panel, you’ll have a choice of breakout sessions to attend. These include:

Andrea Wang: Watercress and Non-Traditional Plot Structures in Picture Books

 Jason Chin: The Art of Watercress

Erin Murphy: Finding Your Picture Book Voice

Neal Porter and Jennifer Browne: How an Editor and Art Director Work Together

All sessions will be recorded and available for one month.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member  $30.00    NONMEMBER  $50.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – CO


Bloom! SCBWI Montana Spring Virtual Conference

April 17-18, 2021, 9am MST-3pm MST

Webinar Description – SCBWI Montana is delighted to announce our spring virtual writing conference. Our theme for this year is “Bloom” in hopes that this event will inspire attendees and plant the seeds for many creative ideas to grow and bloom!

Event Dates: April 17 and 18, 2021, on Zoom. Recordings will be available for one month after the conference. All sessions are listed in Mountain Standard Time. Zoom links will be emailed to all registered participants on 4/16/2021.

Guest speakers include Sarah Albee, Tammi Sauer, Maria Middleton, Dorothy Patent, Constance Van Hoven, Steven Dos Santos, Stacie Ramey, and Beth Ann Bauman.

Webinar Fees – $45 for SCBWI member
$55 for non-SCBWI

Make the Impossible Possible: How to Create a Fresh and Vivid World with Kat Falls

April 17, 2021 10:00AM-12PM CST

Webinar Description – In this workshop, novelist Kat Falls discusses ways to come up with original ideas within fantasy & science fiction and how to transform the real into the fantastic in believable ways. In other words, she’ll be talking about world building — how to make it feel fresh and how to make it feel real. Any story’s setting should be approached as if it is another character, offering obstacles, commenting on the story’s theme. This is even more true for speculative fiction. Through writing exercises, participants will invent their own fantastical story premises and create alternative worlds that are ripe with possibility.

Webinar Fees – LIVE EVENT FREE and open to all. 
Purchase event recording for a one-time convenience fee for unlimited viewings through May 17: SCBWI Members $10; Non-Members $15

Hosted by (Region Info) – Illinois


Leaving Room for Art in Picture Books with Laura Gehl

60 minute Webinar  Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 1 PM Eastern/12 PM Central/11 AM Mountain/10 AM Pacific

Webinar Description – Imagine this: a room full of kids closing their eyes and listening to your picture book manuscript read out loud in a dramatic, expressive manner. Are the kids getting the full experience? Are they taking in all the layers of your story? If the answer is YES, then it is time to start revising. When picture book writers are doing their job correctly, the words are just one (albeit important) part of the story. Conversely, a professional illustrator has so much more to contribute than simply drawing illustrations that match your words. Learn how to leave room for art in your manuscript—and room for an illustrator’s talent to shine—while avoiding the unnecessary illustration notes that editors hate.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
(includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access)

Optional Written Critique from Laura Gehl following live webinar:

Board book or Picture book manuscript critique: $70
Board book or Picture book dummy critique: $70

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV


Writing Outside Your Lane: Yes, It Can Be Done. Here’s How, and I Never Said It Would Be Easy!

Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Pacific Time

Webinar Description – A one-hour presentation by Linda Sue Park; Followed by community discussion and workshop exercises hosted by Tapestry of Voices Co-Coordinators Michelle Quraishi and Natasha Tripplett.

Our world is a rich and beautiful tapestry of people with wildly different lived experiences. The literature we create for children seeks to reflect that diversity.

How can you evaluate representation of characters and worlds for accuracy?
What are some ways to identify implicit bias in your work?
What does it mean to include characters outside of your own lived experiences?
What considerations should you make for your projects from start to finish to ensure your work positively reflects the diversity of the world?

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Her most recent title is Prairie Lotus, an historical fiction middle-grade novel.

Webinar Fees – $15 SCBWI members / $20 non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – SCBWI San Francisco North/East Bay


Ready, Set, Critique!

April 16-18, 2021

Webinar Description – What: Ready, Set, Critique! is an opportunity for you to have your work critiqued by an industry professional (agent, editor, or art director).

Who: We have a fabulous list of agents, editors, and art directors ready to give you feedback on your work.

When: April 16-18, 2021

Where: Online via Zoom

How: You will receive a written critique of your submitted work at least seven days before the in-person event, at which time you will have a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with your critiquer to ask follow-up questions and flesh out your understanding of their critique.

Registration for people outside of the Nebraska region will open at noon on February 5.

Webinar Fees – members: $60
nonmembers: $75

Hosted by (Region Info) – Nebraska

Agent Day

April 17, 2021 at 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM PST

Webinar Description – Professional Advice, LIVE Query Critiques, Zoom Consultations, plus… a Pitch Party!

Webinar Fees – Free

Hosted by (Region Info) – Inland Northwest

Memoir Into Make-Believe: Turning Your Life Into Fiction

April 14, 2021, 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm ET

Webinar Description – Do you love writing for children or teens, but sometimes don’t know where to start? How about your own memories? In this generative workshop, you’ll write a short memoir piece from a prompt. Then, you’ll transform that piece into fiction for young readers. You’ll learn how altering story elements such as conflict, point of view, and event outcomes can spark an entirely new work. New and experienced writers welcome! This Member Skillshare is taught by Tina Tocco.

Webinar Fees – $5 for SCBWI members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Westchester, NY


Lights, Camera, Action: Using Cinematic Techniques to Deliver Character and Story

Thursday, April 15, 2021 7:30 – 8:30pm EST

Webinar Description – In this webinar, best-selling author Cinda Williams Chima will explore the use of cinematic techniques to engage readers with characters and immerse them in story. Participants will learn how to achieve an effective balance of narrative, dialogue, and action, and inject tension into story using classic film techniques.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Carolinas members: $10
SCBWI members: $15
Non-members: $20

Recording available for 30 days following event

Hosted by (Region Info) – Carolinas

Zoom Presentation – Branding with Julie Gribble and Roxie Munro

April 11th, 2021 1:00 – 4:00pm EST

Webinar Description – We hear a lot of buzz about branding–but what the heck does it actually mean? Why is it important? And how do you–someone who only wants to write and/or illustrate, darn it–turn yourself into a “brand name”?
Learn from the masters! Julie Gribble and Roxie Munro will help you tame the branding beast. Starting with profile-building basics and explaining platforms, they will expand into taking the fear out of YouTube. (In case you didn’t know, the world now runs on YouTube videos.)
Whether you’re pre-published or on you’re fiftieth book, this exciting program will benefit you.
Let’s build something truly essential. Knock down the walls with a brand new you.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member – $35.00
Non-SCBWI Member – $45

Hosted by (Region Info) – SCBWI Long Island


Career Scaffolding: Building your Writing Support System with Olivia Hinebaugh

Saturday, April 11, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

Webinar Description – Having a sustainable writing practice takes a lot more than an endless stream of ideas. We can set ourselves up for success in our writing careers by building a scaffolding of supportive friends and family, sustainable work practices, commitment to developing our craft, and seeking out the expertise of others, particularly in the business aspects of publishing. This is a holistic look at your creative life, and a collaborative one. Presenter Olivia Hinebaugh has collected and curated some best practices, but wants to hear how other writers have built their own scaffolding. We can all branch out and lean on each other for support!

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Includes 30 days of recording access.

Optional Written Critique from Olivia Hinebaugh following live webinar:

Query Letter Critique: $25
First Page Critique: $25
Picture Book Manuscript Critique: $70
10-Page Manuscript Excerpt Critique: $70

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV

 Illustrator Day 2021 with Véronique Lefèvre Sweet, Associate Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

April 10 from 8:30 am to 10:45 am

Webinar Description – From Concept to Dummy: How to Take Your Picture Book to the Next Level
In this presentation, associate art director Véronique Lefèvre Sweet will give an overview of what makes a great picture book, from details to the whole project. She will explore rhythm, visual storytelling, and the various stages of creating a book. Additionally, she will discuss common mistakes and how to fix them.

Behind the Scenes: An Overview of Working with the Publisher’s Art Department
In this presentation, you will learn how the art department works, and how to work with the art department. We’ll talk about what publishers look for, how artists are selected for a project, and what the art director’s expectations are. We will outline the design and production schedule and workflow, from sketches, to finished art and proofs.

Opportunity for portfolio reviews from  Véronique Lefèvre Sweet, Associate Art Director at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and Ashley Halsey, Art Director at Lee & Low Books.

Webinar Fees – Members $10
Non-Members $20
Portfolio Critiques $50

Hosted by (Region Info) – Kansas/Missouri


How to Create Page-Turning Tension in Your Narrative

April 10, 2021 from 2-4 p.m. (PST)

Webinar Description – Tension is what grips the reader, what keeps them invested in the character and plot, and what keeps them reading. Writers often define their stories as plot-driven or character-driven. According to Linda Camacho, agent at Gallt & Zacker, with the latter, the classification tends to refer to more “quiet” stories. But action-heavy or not, every single narrative needs tension. Tension ranges from who’s-going-to-die to subtle to sweet curiosity about what character will do next. Tension is critical for reader engagement, and in this session, Camacho will teach effective tension techniques that will keep your readers spellbound, breathless, and turning the pages.

Linda Camacho, agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary, is acquiring MG & YA. She has held positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, and Writers House. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Art and a short story in the upcoming anthology Every Body Shines by by Cassandra Newbould.

Webinar Fees – Member: $10.
Non-member $15.
Those who can’t attend the live event may watch the recording, which will be available to all attendees for two weeks.

Hosted by (Region Info) – CA

SCBWI Japan Showcase: SCBWI Japan Showcase: Recent and Forthcoming Member Works

April 9, 7:00-9:00 pm Japan Standard Time

Webinar Description – Join us for the SCBWI Japan Showcase 2021! In this Zoom webinar, SCBWI Japan member authors, illustrators and translators will discuss their recent or forthcoming children’s and young adult publications in brief, lively presentations. Featured presenters will share excerpts, ideas that inspired the work, creative process, techniques, curriculum tie-ins, related activities, and more. Speed Q&A will follow the presentations.

Webinar Fees – Free

Hosted by (Region Info) – Japan

Picture Book Pep Talk featuring And J Pizza from the Creative Pep Talk Podcast

 April 7, 2021 at 5:00pm – 6:30pm Eastern

Webinar Fees – Members $20
Non-members $25


Graphic Novel Formatting with Lily LaMotte, Author of MEASURING UP

Friday, April 2  6:00-7:00 pm EST

Webinar Description – Although there is no standard for how to format a graphic novel script, a well-formatted easy-to-read script is necessary. Join Lily LaMotte as she walks you through how she formats her graphic novel scripts using pages from her middle grade graphic novel Measuring Up from HarperAlley, HarperCollins’ new graphic novel imprint.

Our session will be held via Zoom on Friday, April 2 at 6:00pm ET. Note that this session will be “live-only” — there will be no recording available after the event.

Webinar Fees – This event is FREE for members. Tickets for non-members are $25. Registration is required (opens 2/21 and closes 3/31), and space is limited. Registrants will receive Zoom meeting info on 4/1.

Hosted by (Region Info) – Ohio North


SUNDAY, MARCH 28, 2021 at 7:00pm CET / 1:00pm EST

Jannie Ho is an illustrator and author of many children’s books. In addition, she has created art for many projects beyond the book publishing industry.

In this webinar, Jannie will discuss how she got started as a children’s book illustrator, creating your best portfolio for children’s books, and diversifying your portfolio to cater to related children’s markets such as magazines, toys and stationery. Also, as a former art director, she will discuss best practices, do’s and don’ts, submissions, promotional materials, and pricing.

The session will wrap up with a short Q+A.
Cost: 25€ for SCBWI members;  40€ for non-members

Hashtags Won’t Save You : Social Media Marketing for Illustrators and Authors

March 27, 2021 at 10am-12pm MST

Webinar Description – Forget everything you know about Social Media. This seminar goes deeper, equipping you with the tools and the knowledge you need to use any social media platform to reach your specific goals. No more random, blind posting.

Are you stressed and confused about keeping up with Social Media? Are you feeling like it’s something you have to do, but the mechanics and the lack of direction are just too overwhelming? Where do you fit in a world overloaded with visual information?

This workshop is not about tips and tricks for how to better use hashtags, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms. It’s about helping you to develop a personal foundation and strategy that works for you.

This 2-hour seminar (with time for questions and discussion) will help you

— Understand the foundations of efficient communication and how that can help you stand out from the crowd;

— Leverage several social media platforms to maximize your content’s reach and what to do with the attention

Webinar Fees – $15.00 SCBWI Members
$25.00 Non-Members

Hosted by (Region Info) – NM


Submission Tips for Kidlit Writers with Author/Agent Miranda Paul

March 25, 2021 at 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Central Time

Webinar Description – Author/Associate Agent with Erin Murphy Literary Agency will address writing queries for fiction/non-fiction (children and teens), revision requests, submission tips, and takeaways for Kidlit writers.

From choosing which project to send to writing a query to handling revision requests, this list of tips and takeaways from Miranda Paul will offer a range of suggestions for those who plan to query their fiction and nonfiction for children and teens in 2021.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Member: $10

Non-SCBWI: $20

Hosted by (Region Info) – Texas Southwest

Submitted by Name: Lupe Ruiz-Flores



Crafting Novels: Tips & Tools (And A Trick or Two!)

Thursday, March 25, 2021  @7pm

Webinar Description – In this webinar, Emma will explore elements that make great novels, focusing on everything from genres, the difference between MG and YA, and plot structure options to considering action plots and emotional plots, creating authentic characters, and how to world-build. Emma will be suggesting writing exercises and providing a variety of invaluable handouts/worksheets.
*Series registration closes 5am on Thursday, March 25.
Career Consultations available: (at an additional cost)
Editorial and publishing consultant, Emma D. Dryden, will meet with authors or illustrators through 20-minute career consultations over Zoom or Skype to discuss or address any one of the following:

Webinar Fees – NON-MEMBER 2-webinar ticket= $40
MEMBER 2-webinar ticket= $25

NON-MEMBER 1-webinar ticket= $25
Member 1-webinar ticket= $15

Career Consultation=$60

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania


The Making of a Picture Book featuring Cale Atkinson – Author/Illustrator

March 24, 2021 at 5:00pm – 6:30pm Eastern

Members $20
Non-members $25

Hosted by (Region Info) – Pennsylvania West

Submitted by Name: Julianna Zito

FREE Webinar and Critique Partner Social: Let’s Talk About Pitching to Agents

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

Webinar Description – With many publishing houses closed to unsolicited manuscripts or illustrations, landing an agent is an important next step in a writer’s or illustrator’s career. Yet, questions abound. What works—what doesn’t? Our panelists have answers! Join New York Times best-selling author Pintip Dunn, award-winning author Ginger Park, author-illustrator Timothy Young for this interactive session. Hear their stories, get answers, then join the after-panel Critique Partner Social to connect with like-minded writers and illustrators.
This one-hour panel does more than take the mystery out of pitching to agents. It also will prepare you for our Region’s upcoming “Show & Tell 2021: An Online Pitch Event,” Saturday May 22, 2021 from 9:30 AM-4:45 PM Eastern. Learn more and register for the May 22 event at

Webinar Fees – FREE WEBINAR FOR SCBWI MEMBERS & THOSE REGISTERED FOR OUR MAY 22 PITCH EVENT ONLY (Note: everyone registered for the May 22 event will automatically be registered for this event. If you are not planning to attend the May 22 event, you can register for this event separately.)

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV

Submitted by Name: Kathy MacMillan


Writing Without a Trace Webinar for middle-grade authors with Pat Cummings

March 20, 2021 at 10am CST

Webinar Description – Inspired by cool facts, but not sure how to scaffold them into an awesome story?

Whether you prefer to stick to an outline or you’re a seat-of-the-pants writer, tackling a novel can require a mixture of plotting, research, inspiration, and divine intervention. Join us as Pat Cummings, author/illustrator of over forty books for young readers, covers how to interweave factual research into engaging middle grade fiction. Pat will also touch on how she integrated genealogy into her writing process for her debut MG novel “Trace” and offer advice on best practices for a large writing project, complete with cautionary tales of what not to do (learned the hard way).

Write for the Educational Market -TODAY! Taking Authors from Query to Publication

Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 7:30pm – 8:30pm EST

Webinar Description – Our course provides an overview and clear explanation of the Educational Market. This includes the nuts and bolts of queries, types of projects, what to expect in a contract, basic research methods, and working with editors.

This course is particularly valuable as it considers the Educational Market from two major perspectives: the basic fiction and non-fiction titles most people think of, and the many and varied teacher and education system projects not typically considered.

It also includes an Immediate Action Plan – a clear plan and timeline to get into the Educational Market now!

Writing Exciting Fact-Filled Books!

March 16, 2021 at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Eastern Time

Webinar Description – Interested in writing expository nonfiction? Join award-winning author Jennifer Swanson for a fascinating discussion of tips and tricks to make your facts come alive. You will learn how to delight and inform your reader and discover ways to infuse your manuscript with active voice, tone, and structure to capture an agent or editor’s attention
** A replay of the webinar will be available 24 hours after the event for 30 days for those who pre-registered.

Webinar Fees – Members: $15
Non-Members: $30

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid-Atlantic


 I’ll Acquire Your Book if You Make Me Laugh: Writing Humorous Picture Books with Editor Frances Gilbert

March 16, 2021 6 pm CST

Webinar Description – I love publishing funny picture books, and yet it’s super-rare that I get a humorous submission that ACTUALLY makes me laugh. We’ll take a page-by-page, line-by-line look at some successful picture books I’ve published and will dissect all the different reasons they made me spill tea on my cardigan: Pacing, page-turns, subject matter, audience, originality, hooks, and a bunch of other things that are a lot funnier than this sentence.”

Webinar Fees – $10 for Members
$45 for Non-Members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Kansas/Missouri


Writing Exciting Fact-Filled Books!

 March 16, 2021 at 7 – 8:30 pm (Eastern)

Webinar Description – Interested in writing expository nonfiction? Join award-winning author Jennifer Swanson for a fascinating discussion of tips and tricks to make your facts come alive. You will learn how to delight and inform your reader and discover ways to infuse your manuscript with active voice, tone, and structure to capture an agent or editor’s attention.
** A replay of the webinar will be available 24 hours after the event for 30 days for those who pre-registered.

Webinar Fees – Members: $15
Non-Members: $30

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid-Atlantic


Grow With the Pros! Editor Erin Siu Finding Your Voice and Getting to Know Your Characters

03/13/2021 10:00 am – 11:00 am

We are delighted to host versatile and talented editor Erin Siu for the first of our “Grow With the Pros” webinars! Not only will Erin share her wisdom during this event, but she is also offering paid critiques and there is a submission opportunity to her afterwards. Macmillan is usually closed to un-agented submissions.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI members $25
Non-SCBWI members $35



Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Writing Verse Novels with Laura Shovan

 Webinar: Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Writing 90 minute Webinar  Saturday, March 13, 2021 at 3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – There has been an explosion of novels-in-verse for the kidlit market. What makes this form of storytelling so compelling for readers—and authors—is poetry’s ability to communicate a character’s voice. Join middle grade author and longtime poet-in-the-schools Laura Shovan for a hands-on webinar on verse novels. We’ll examine the key ways that verse novels appeal to readers. Writing exercises will include poetic character-building exercises to fill your author’s toolbox, whether you write in verse or prose. Laura Shovan is a children’s author, educator, and Pushcart Prize-nominated poet. Her chapbook, Mountain, Log, Salt and Stone, won the inaugural Harriss Poetry Prize. She is editor of two poetry anthologies. Laura’s debut middle grade novel-in-verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, won several awards, including NCTE Notable Verse Novel.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
(includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access)

Optional Written Critique from Laura Shovan following live webinar:

Query Letter (MG or YA fiction): $25
First Page Critique (MG or YA fiction): $25
10-Page Manuscript Except Critique (MG or YA fiction): $70

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV


Intensive: Picture Books from the Inside Out with Peter Brown, New York Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator

March 13, 2021  Intensive, 9 a.m. – noon Pacific Time

Webinar Description – Join Peter Brown, New York Times Best Selling Author/Illustrator for an intensive three-hour workshop aimed at children’s book writers and illustrators. Peter Brown will share developmental samples from over a decade of his experience creating award-winning and bestselling picture books. He’ll discuss his steps of art making, design and text decisions, dummy creation and presentation, and the publication process.

Peter Brown writes and illustrates books for children. His work has earned numerous honors, including a Horn Book Award, two E.B. White Awards, a Children’s Choice Illustrator of the Year Award, and New York Times Best Illustrated Book award. His picture books include The Curious Garden, Children Make Terrible Pets, and Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Creepy Carrots!, written by Aaron Reynolds and illustrated by Peter, earned a Caldecott Honor. Peter has also written two NYT bestselling novels for children, The Wild Robot and The Wild Robot Escapes. He lives in Philadelphia.



Opportunities for Writers and Illustrators in Children’s Nonfiction with Lionel Bender

Saturday, March 6, 2021 at 3 PM Eastern/2 PM Central/1 PM Mountain/12 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – Children’s Nonfiction is booming. With increasing interest in NF picture and gift books, graphic and YA NF, and with Common Core and other initiatives encouraging publishers to produce more NF, there are great opportunities for writers and illustrators to find work and use their creativity in this genre. There is clear evidence that it is far easier to find work in children’s NF than in Fiction. And children’s NF can be just as creative, fun, and rewarding. Many of the major book awards are won by NF titles. Find out about print and digital publishers of NF, about book packagers that produce many NF titles for them, and about organizations commissioning and seeking NF people. What are they producing and seeking? What is it like to work for them? How much do they pay? Who does the picture research? Do you need an agent to secure NF work? How can you transition from fiction to NF? This webinar is suitable for all genres and levels.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
(includes live webinar and 30 days of recording access)

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV


OH MG! A Weekend of Middle Grade

Feb 27 and Feb 28  2021 both days 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Webinar Description – O MG!  Two whole days of writerly shenanigans. Attend from the comfort of your own home! AGENTS, EDITORS, POETS, AUTHORS, FEEDBACK,

Sessions include:

Bestselling author, Children’s Laureate and National Treasure Cressida Cowell discusses her extraordinary successes

What are agents really like when they’re reading their slushpiles? Submit up to 200 words from the opening chapters of your middle grade manuscripts to literary agents


AGE APPROPRIATE MG: What are the boundaries of writing MG?

The Rise of  #UKMGCHAT

NON-FICTION: There’s more to MG than Fantasy

MG 101: Ask Us Anything!

Webinar Fees – GBP£35 for members
GBP £60 for non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – British Isles



A Beginner’s Guide to Live Streaming and Virtual School Visits During the Pandemic with Debbie Ridpath Ohi

Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Webinar Description – Children’s book author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi will offer tips for book creators interested in live streaming and doing virtual school visits. Live streaming info is based on her own experiences doing book talks and illustration demos with Facebook Live, Periscope/Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Virtual school visit info will cover the basics of gear needed (from budget to higher-end), types of virtual visits, and tips on helping visits run smoothly, converting in-person school visits to virtual, advice on getting the word out to educators. During the pandemic, Debbie has had experience doing virtual school visits via Google Meet, Zoom, and Flipgrid.

Webinar Fees – Debbie Ridpath Ohi is the author and illustrator of Where Are My Books? and Sam & Eva (Simon & Schuster), and her illustrations have appeared in books written by Judy Blume, Linda Sue Park, Michael Ian Black, among others. Debbie ramped up her live streaming know-how as she gave many virtual visits during the pandemic, including a virtual book tour that replaced her in-person book tour. She can’t wait to share what she has learned with you all!

Hosted by (Region Info) – MD/DE/WV

Crafting Picture Books: Tips & Tools (And A Trick or Two!)

Thursday, February 11, 2021  @ 7pm

Webinar Description – In this webinar, literary consultant Emma Dryden will explore elements that make great picture books, focusing on everything from word count, read-aloudability, and how to use page turns for best effect to defining three picture book structures, the difference between plot and story, and how to create picture book dummies. Emma will be suggesting writing exercises and providing a variety of invaluable handouts/worksheets.

Webinar Fees – Non-member 1-webinar ticket=$25
Member 1-webinar ticket=$15

Non-member 2-webinar ticket=$40
Member 2-webinar ticket=$25

Career Consultation=$60

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

January 31, 2021 – All Day Due Date

Webinar Description – Replay of the NV Mentorship Program is available here:

The Mentorship Program begins April 1-September 19, 2021. The six month program in a 1-1 mentorship begins online and ends in-person in Virginia City, Nevada. Three agents will be at the final retreat along with all of the mentors. A maximum of 12 spots will be available for this program. Food and housing is provided for the weekend program at Mary’s Art Center in Virginia City.

Webinar Fees – $1350 for the entire program including the writing retreat for the group with mentors and 3 agents.


January 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m. CST

Webinar Description – Want to learn from the best on how to create engaging, memorable characters? Join us as Caldecott Honoree and Sibert and Belpré Medalist award-winning author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal shares how she infuses cultural heritage and research as well as keen observation of human nature to achieve stellar character development, expression and interaction.

Webinar Fees – $15 for SCBWI Members
$35 for non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Nebraska


January 16, 2021 1-3pm EST; February 27 1-3pm EST; March 13 3-5pm EST; April 24 10am-3pm EST with portfolio reviews following

Webinar Description – SCBWI Southern Breeze Developing Book Dummies and Illustration Masterclass: a 4-month online series for children’s book illustrators

Developing Book Dummies 3-part series will teach attendees the key steps to developing a finished picture book dummy. Sessions include a faculty presentation in the first hour with time for feedback, critique or breakout sessions in the second hour.

January 16th, 1pm – 3pm – Character Design, Color and More, Guest Presenter: David SanAngelo

February 27th, 1pm – 3pm – Creating Compelling Page-Turns, Guest Presenter: Ebony Glenn

March 13th, 3pm – 5pm – The Hook and the Book: Query Letters and Book Dummy Review, Guest Presenter: Rob McClurken

Illustration Masterclass, the final webinar on April 24th 10am – 3pm, will provide tips and techniques to advance your art and illustration career.  Optional Professional Faculty Portfolio Reviews available on first-come-first-served basis (limited to 20 reviews) following the Masterclass.

Webinar Fees – Both Illustrator Masterclass and Developing Dummies series: $85 members/$95 non-members
Masterclass only: $50 members/$55 non-members
Developing Dummies series only $40 members/ $45 non-members
Portfolio Review: $50

Hosted by (Region Info) – Southern Breeze