SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Webinars

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

 

Webinars are priced affordably so that you can all attend. 

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

The list is arranged with the dates newest on top.

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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

 


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
Critique=$50

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

 


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.


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


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


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


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


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

 


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
Revision
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


 

La/Ms JAMBALAYA KIDLIT – THE VIRTUAL ONE

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

 


 

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.
Faculty:
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.

Webinar Fees – NON-MEMBER SINGLE WEBINAR REGISTRATION – $25.00


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


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 Selfpublishingadventures.com.

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:
COACHING CHATS
Ask YOUR questions about how our kidlit professionals scout for new talent, coach clients and create literary line-ups.
PITCH SESSION
Pitch up to 3 log lines!  Our industry professionals choose your most promising log line and give immediate feedback on its corresponding first page.
PITCH CONTEST
This event MVP will receive a 1:1 Zoom + Written Critique of a manuscript OR dummy with Dan Cramer of Flannery Literary.
POST-EVENT SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES
Insider information to submit your WIPs to our faculy.

JOIN OUR ALL-STAR LINEUP:
— 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

Showcase:
$10.

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: https://wisconsin.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-wisconsin-2021-spring-studio-prepairing-for-success/

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)

Non-Members
₪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 (ignitingwriting.com) 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.
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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 https://mddewv.scbwi.org/event.

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

 



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!  DebbieOhi.com

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: https://scbwi.zoom.us/rec/share/bIKhOdYixavtia74RYRc7oUWfvRuMigtJ0IKsRiN9elGcfbIwXHwwSF9MaHpNodG.qCa2EQJOGQ4z54yW?startTime=1599703694000

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


Turning Writing and Illustrator Ideas into Graphic Novels

 01/16/2021 10:00 am – 3:30 pm

Webinar Description – Graphic novels are finally getting the notice they deserve! Beloved by many generations of kids, adults are now realizing that kids can sharpen their reading skills and learn in this fun format.

Want to become a part of this rising industry?

The brainchild of agent Natascha Morris, The Tobias Agency, this virtual conference is for writers and illustrators–beginner and intermediate–who are interested in learning more about getting published in graphic novels with our stellar faculty.

And, just like an in-person conference, there will be door prizes!

Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $45
SCBWI Student Members: $30

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


January 16, 2021 at 9 am – 12 pm CST

Webinar Description – Did you finish your first draft, celebrate, then realize you now need to go back and revise? Has your manuscript been sitting in a drawer (a.k.a file on your computer) for months, years, decades? Have you returned to your manuscript multiple times only to get stuck and shove it back in the drawer?

If so, you are not alone! Julie Berry is an accomplished author with a flair for teaching revision. Devote three hours of your morning to diving back into that dusty first/second/third draft and make a new start!

This workshop is designed for writers who have a completed novel manuscript, who are serious about revising, and committed to completing it. Most of this workshop is hands-on guided revision exercises aimed at one’s own printed manuscript. The writer should expect to make a meaningful dent in an entire novel. You MUST have a completed manuscript, or please don’t sign up.

Webinar Fees – $50 for SCBWI Members
$75 for Non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – Kansas/Missouri


The Art of the Page Turn: Illustrating a Book You Can’t Put Down, with agent Charlotte Wenger

January 12, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Israel Time

Webinar Description – Charlotte Wenger of the Prospect Agency (NYC), who represents children’s authors and illustrators, will speak to us about how illustrations help create effective pacing, pagination, and page turns. Writers welcome if you’d like to get a peek behind the scenes and see how illustrations meet text to create captivating books.

Webinar Fees – SCBWI member 40 shekels (about $12 US)
Non-member 50 shekels (about $15 US)

Hosted by (Region Info) – Israel

Submitted by Name: Tzivia MacLeod

 


 
 

Monday, January 11, 2021 @7pm EST

Webinar Description – This short class will walk you through all of the most important elements of a query letter and help you craft the perfect pitch to capture the attention of agents and editors. It will walk you through the most important elements of a pitch and show you the four most important questions to answer in your book description.
Danielle will be offering a limited number of query-package critiques for this event. See ticket information below to register for this opportunity.

Webinar Fees – NON-MEMBER 3-Webinar Ticket – $65.00
NON-MEMBER Single Webinar Ticket – $25.00
MEMBER 3-Webinar Ticket – $40.00
MEMBER Single Webinar Ticket – $15.00
3-Query Package Critiques package – $225.00
Single Query Package Critique – $80.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

 

 


 
 

January 11, 2021, 7:00pm – 8:30pm EST

In this webinar, we will look at the origin of the children’s mystery novel as well as the different schools and subgenres of mystery. We’ll examine the rules of mysteries, mystery essentials, and how to tackle writing each of the essential elements to create a lively, engaging mystery story of your own.

Webinar Fees – Cost: $20 for SCBWI members, $25 for non-SCBWI members

Hosted by (Region Info) – SCBWI PA West

 
 

 
 

I Wanted to Love your Work, But . . . : Eight Reasons You Might have Received a Rejection with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

January 9, 2021 from  2 – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

The behind-the-scenes submission and acquisition process can seem mysterious and baffling to authors and illustrators. Here’s a real-life look at how I receive submissions, what I look for in a submission, and what editorial and acquisitions meetings are like. This session will include plenty of time for Q&A and lots of definitions and industry lingo, making it perfect for new and experienced writers.

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; I Have a Balloon by Ariel Bernstein, illustrated by Scott Magoon; The Power of Her Pen by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by John Parra; The Crossroads by Alexandra Diaz; and OCDaniel by Wesley King. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in 2013, Sylvie is seeking snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade.

Chapter Meeting  Prices:
Season Ticket: Free
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 – San Diego, CA

 


 

Everyday World Building, With Agent Kristina Pérez

January 9, 2020 at 10am-11:15am Mountain Standard Time

Webinar Description – “Everyday World Building” will give participants the tools to effectively create the world of their story––even if it’s just their hometown. Participants will gain insight into how to properly orient their reader and fully engage them with their protagonist’s journey. This will include research skills and observation skills that are relevant for both fiction and narrative non-fiction writers alike.

Kristina Pérez is an Associate Agent at the Zeno Literary Agency. She is a half-Argentine, half-Norwegian native New Yorker who has spent the past two decades living in Europe and Asia. She is the author of several novels for Young Adults (the Sweet Black Waves trilogy and The Tesla Legacy) published by Macmillan.

Webinar Fees – $20 for SCBWI Members
$30 for Non-Members

Hosted by (Region Info) – NM


 

Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster

January 9, 2021 from  9 a.m. – noon Pacific Time

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

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division. She is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo. Sylvie has been on the prowl for kid-focused, snappy picture books and literary, character-driven middle grade. She is drawn to original and diverse voices across all genres. She browses agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent.

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

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

Hosted by – CA


Books That Transcend

Thursday, January 7, 2021  @7pm EST

Webinar Description – Editor and agent wishlists often include books that surprise them and put a fresh twist on something tried-and-true. But as so many writers know, that’s easier said than done, and the pursuit of doing so can stop creativity in its tracks. In this webinar, we’ll explore the art of crafting a high concept story, discuss exercises you can do to develop this skill, and look at real-life examples of books that transcend trends, tropes, or formulas to dial down on what it really means to be part of the conversation and break out in a crowded market.

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

A limited number of written critiques are available.

Webinar Fees – Non-Member $25
Member $15
Critique $45

Hosted by (Region Info) – Eastern Pennsylvania

 


 

Lessons Learned: Debuting Authors and Illustrator – Reginald Brown, Pamela Couvignou, Jessica Kim & Ruth Mitchell

December 12, 2020  from 2 – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Our December chapter meeting will feature four members whose works are debuting in 2020.  Each will share tips and the insider’s information they learned on their way to publication.

Reginald Brown illustrated the chapter book The Magnificent Makers, written by Theanne Griffith, from Penguin/Random House, released May 19th. The next book in the series will be out this September.

Pamela Couvignou, author/illustrator’s, debut book, Rou & The Great Race, is coming out Fall 2020 by Reycraft Publishing (Benchmark Education)

Jessica Kim’s middle grade book, Stand Up, Yumi Chung, was published March 17, 2020 by Kokila/Penguin Random House

Ruth Mitchell’s young adult book Deleted was published January 7, 2020 by Immortal Works. It is an award winning YA sci-fi thriller described as “a beautiful tale filled with action, romance and adventure. Deleted received the Gold Medal in YA science fiction in the Readers’ Favorite Award Contest.

Chapter Meeting  Prices:
Season Ticket: Free
Member: $10.
Non-member $15.

Hosted by San Diego, CA


Writing & Illustrating a Graphic Novel with Author/Illustrator Mike Curato

December 8, 2020, 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm. 

As the world of graphic novels expands, more and more storytellers who are known for their picture book work are stepping into the sequential medium and pioneering new stories for youth. Mike Curato will be sharing the process of creating his debut YA graphic novel, Flamer (available 9/1/20). He’ll be discussing how he was able to draw from his experience as a picture book author-illustrator and pair it with his longtime love of comics to share a story he’s been compelled to tell for years.

Mike Curato is the author-illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. Mike’s debut title in the series, Little Elliot, Big City has won numerous awards and has been translated into fourteen languages. There are now four additional Little Elliot titles, and Mike has also illustrated books for other authors such as Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, What if… by Samantha Berger, and The Power of One by Truday Ludwig (8/24/20). Mike was born and raised outside of New York City, and earned a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University. After college, he worked as a graphic designer for the better part of ten years until his dream of making picture books became a reality at an SCBWI annual conference. Mike currently lives in Northampton, MA.

 

 
 

 Collaborating Across Cultures Within Family with Sanyukta Mathur and Courtney Pippin-Mathur

Dec 8. 7-8:30pm EST

Webinar Description – Sanyukta Mathur and Courtney Pippin-Mathur will discuss collaborating on their upcoming picture book, Happy Diwali!, the story of how Sanyukta brings the traditions of the holiday Diwali from India to her home and multi-cultural and multi-racial family in America. Courtney and Sanyukta are sisters-in-law as well as co-authors. (Courtney is also the illustrator.) They will cover how the book idea originated, how they worked together to tell a story that is an integral part of Sanyukta’s culture and something more recent for Courtney and how the book changed from a list of activities to a fully rounded story.

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

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid Atlantic

Submitted by Name: Erin K. Teagan

 


 

 

FREE Webinar: Professional Communication for Authors and Illustrators with Kathy MacMillan

90 minute Webinar Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

From query letters to follow up emails, from fielding requests from bloggers to raising concerns with an agent, the life of an author or illustrator is filled with communication – and your ability to express yourself clearly and professionally has a huge impact on your career, whether you are brand-new to publishing or have several books in print. In this session, we’ll cover best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, bloggers, fans, and peers, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk.

FREE for SCBWI Members Only

Hosted by MD/DE/WV


Connect with Your Audience through Emotionally Powerful Readings

December 5 2019 at 11:00am Pacific Time

Webinar Description – Reading aloud is part of an author’s professional practice, whether at school visits, book launches, book festivals, or other events. The pandemic has brought new opportunities to share our work with readers on multiple platforms. This webinar will empower you to use well-chosen readings to engage your listeners’ emotions in both in-person and online settings. We will cover readings from beginning to end: how to identify what to read, how to prepare the piece to fit time constraints, and tips for reading both in person and online for writers. Through learning how to prepare your work and yourself, you will be able to approach your readings with confidence.

Webinar Fees – $10 for members

Hosted by (Region Info) – SF/South

 


 

TIPPING THE SCALES TOWARD PUBLICATION: PICTURE BOOK CREATORS SHARE TIPS THAT HELPED THEM SNAG THEIR BOOK DEALS. Featuring authors: Nicholas Solis, Ellen Leventhal, Meera Sriram and Lisa Katzenberger

Saturday, December 5th, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am Mountain Time

Webinar Topics:

Right Place at the Right Time — Nicholas Solis

Creating a writing community for yourself can be just as important as creating a terrific picture book. I’ll share classes and organizations that worked for me, and the conferences that helped along the way.

Get It Out There! — Ellen Leventhal

You’ve written the story. Great! Now how do you get it seen? We’ll talk about non-traditional ways of getting your story seen by the gatekeepers, plus some bonus tips on story development and revision.

Be True to Your Craft AND to Your Story — Meera Sriram

Revising based on peer and professional critiques means honing your craft and polishing your manuscript while still holding on to the story you want to tell.

Using the Story Spine Method to Plot Your Story — Lisa Katzenberger

Review of the Story Spine method, popularized by Pixar, a simple way to construct the backbone of your story and establish crucial plot points.

Member $10
Non-members $20

Hosted by SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho

Submitted by: Annie Bailey utahsouthidaho-ra@scbwi.orgn SCBWI (https://www.scbwi.org)

 


Plotting a Novel (or Revision) in an Hour with Lisa Rowe Fraustino

December 1, 2020 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Webinar Description – This free-writing exercise with Lisa Rowe Fraustino guides you through a series of questions designed to help you move a complex character through a gripping plot. By the end of the hour you will either find a novel you haven’t written yet, finish planning one you’ve started, or think through what’s missing or not working in a completed manuscript.

Webinar Fees – Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $30.00

Hosted by (Region Info) – Mid-Atlantic

 


 

 

How to Know if Indie Publishing is Right for You!

November 16, 2020 7:00-8:00 PM Central Time Hosted by Iowa/Minnesota

Have you been thinking about self-publishing or using a non-traditional publisher? This webinar is for you! Indie author, Brooke Van Sickle, is sharing her insight into the world of indie publishing to help you decide if it might be for you.

Brooke will walk us through the different options we have as authors, the best scenarios to self-publish a book, and how to get started in indie publishing. This informative presentation should have you energized and inspired to take control of your own publishing journey!

$10.00 Members
$15.00 Nonmembers

Hosted by Iowa/Minnesota


 

Writing About History for Kids

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

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

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

A limited number of written critiques are available.

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

Nonmember $25
Member $15
Critiques $45

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania


Plotting and Scheming: Crafting The Middle Grade Novel To Connect

November 14, 2020 at 3:00pm-4:30pm Mountain Standard Time

Webinar Description – Building a strong connection between character motive and plot can be a daunting task, especially in a middle grade novel. Your readers are some of the harshest critics out there. If they don’t connect to your protagonist fast, the book goes back on the shelf. Deliberately weaving the threads that tie your character’s motive to the plot will also link them to the reader.

Join us for a webinar Plotting and Scheming: Crafting the Middle Grade Novel to Connect. You’ll earn how to structure your plot milestones, directly bind them to your main character’s motive, and craft a strong connection with your reader.

This 90 minute webinar includes a question and answer period and will be recorded if you can’t attend live. The recording will be available for two weeks after the event. Participants will be given a code to submit with their first 5 chapters to Chicken Scratch Books.

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

Hosted by (Region Info) – MT

 


 

Straight Through the Heart: How to Make Readers Fall in Love with Your Characters

November 14, 2020 9a.m. – Noon Pacific Time

With every book I edit, I always start with one big question: what does the character want? Your character motivation is the heart of the story and will inform every element in your book including voice, plot, pacing, and world-building. I’ll show you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page.

Tiffany Liao is an Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. Previously, she worked as an Associate Editor at Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Random House. A Bay Area native, Tiffany now resides in Brooklyn where she continues to pine for a good avocado. She (mostly) tweets about bookish things at @tiff_liao.

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

 


 

Illinois Interactive

November 13th, 14th, 15th 2020

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

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

Members $100

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

Hosted by Illinois


Writing with Pride: Creating LGBTQ Characters in Kidlit with Robin Talley

90 minute Webinar Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Fiction should be just as rich and intricate as the world we live in — and that means including characters who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and elsewhere on the spectrum. Robin Talley, the author of seven YA novels focused on LGBTQ characters, will lead a session discussing ways to create complex characters that avoid falling into tropes like the sassy gay best friend, the tragic queer character, or the token LGBTQ sidekick. We’ll also discuss the importance of intersectionality when creating LGBTQ characters and look at examples of books featuring main and secondary LGBTQ characters who are written with skill and depth. We’ll discuss both realistic and genre fiction. This session will focus primarily on YA, but much of it will be applicable to MG and picture books, too, and we’ll examine examples from all three categories.

SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 

 


 

Emergent Readers

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 7:30pm 9:00pm Central time

Want to Write an Emergent Reader?
How will you do it? Don’t be fooled. It’s harder than it looks. Before you begin, read as many of them as you can. Study them. Analyze them. Imagine you are telling your story to a young child. Keep the language simple.  Grab your reader’s attention with the first line or two.  Do it with language that is familiar and interesting. Choose a topic that has universal appeal to children.  Now, read your book out loud over and over again. Work it and rework it until it sings.

$10 for members
$20 for non-members

Hosted by (Region Info) – ND


 

Voice Webinar: Learn to Control Your Writing Voice

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @7pm EST

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


Making Waves: a Pacific Illustrator’s Event

November 7-8, 2020 9am Hawaii, 10am Alaska Time

 

Alaska and Hawaii SCBWI join together for an amazing illustrator event.

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

Featuring:

– Illustration and literary agent Janna Morishima
– Illustrator Joe Sutphin
– Design Director at Chronicle Books Jennifer Tolo Pierce
– Author and Illustrator Larry Day
– Illustrator Mirka Hokkanen
– Illustrator Lucas Elliott

Find out more at the website.

Cost: $50 SCBWI members
$75 non-members

Hosted by Alaska and Hawaii


 

Making Waves: a Pacific Illustrator’s Event

November 7, 2020 9am Hawaii, 10am Alaska Time

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

Featuring:

– Illustration and literary agent Janna Morishima
– Illustrator Joe Sutphin
– Design Director at Chronicle Books Jennifer Tolo Pierce
– Illustrator Larry Day
– Illustrator Mirka Hokkanen
– Illustrator Lucas Elliott

$50 SCBWI members | $75 non-members

Hosted by Alaska and Hawaii

 


 

Discover the Trick in Finding an Agent

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

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

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

Hosted by Iowa


So, You Want to Use Scrivener?

October 29,2020

So, You Want to Use Scrivener?
Many of you have probably heard of the popular writing software Scrivener. Heck, you may have already purchased it but then didn’t have a clue how to use it. Join Jolie to not only learn the basics that will get you started, but also some ways she uses it to keep her many writing projects organized. She uses it for everything! You’re encouraged to come to the webinar with Scrivener already loaded and ready to go on your device. And, if you can, borrow a second household device to view the webinar on (to easily watch the webinar and use your Scrivener screen). The webinar will get you started, and the replay will allow you to be sure you have it solid.

Free

Hosted by Western Washington


Writing and Illustrating the Picture Book of Your Heart During Difficult Times

October 28th, 2020 at 7:00pm – 8:15pm Central Time

“Our work can be an anchor, a place we return to for comfort and connection. The reward is a story filled with authenticity, personal truth, and the power to connect readers to their own stories and to the stories of others in their communities.”
In this webinar, writer/illustrator Daria Peoples-Riley will present her process for developing “the picture book of your heart” as she did over the course of the last year. This will be a 60-minute webinar with time for questions at the end. Daria will also be offering a limited number of portfolio critiques after the webinar, on November 12. You can register for both the webinar and the critique, or the webinar only.
After earning a Master’s in Education followed by ten years of teaching, Daria became a full-time writer and illustrator. She has been published as an illustrator and writer/illustrator of picture books.
Can’t make the live session? The webinar recording will be available for one week following the event.

Members: $15
Non-Members: $25
Portfolio Critique Extra: $45 (limited number)

Hosted by Arkansas


Imagination Is Not Enough with author B. A. Binns

October 24, 12-1:30 pm Alaska time; 1-2:30pm Pacific, 4-5:30PM East Coast

“I can use my imagination” authors often say when beginning a new story. Imagination is a powerful tool, but its value is often limited when writing about unfamiliar people and cultures. Imagination alone has limitations that often overlooks culturally relevant information, or, worse still, gets things factually incorrect. Webinar attendees will explore ways to meet the needs of their readers when writing cross-culturally. We will dive into issues like motivation, character, backstory, the difference between culture appreciation and appropriation, and some solutions to the types of issues authors may encounter while performing culturally relevant research. Attendees will also emerge with strategies for dealing with criticism. Webinar will be recorded and available for a month.

$15 members; $20 yet-to-be members

Hosted by Alaska


 

Strategic Self-Publishing: Successfully Launch Your Self-Published Book with Ariel Mendez

90 minute Webinar Saturday, October 24, 2020 at 5 PM Eastern/4 PM Central/3 PM Mountain/2 PM Pacific

Ariel Mendez, author/illustrator of FEAR AND A FRIEND, will use her self-publishing experience to show how this can be a viable way to share your book with readers, and advise on best practices to do so. Topics she will cover include:

1. Writing your book
2. Publishing research
3. Planning your marketing
4. Building your launch momentum
5. Organizing your post-launch

SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

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

October 23-24

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

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

Hosted by Mid Atlantic

 


 

 

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

October 22, 2020 at 6 pm Central Time

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

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

Hosted by Texas Southwest

 


 

A New Perspective: Revision as a Collaborative Experience

Monday, October 19, 2020 @7pm EST

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

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

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

A limited number of written critiques are available.

Non-Members $25.00
Members $15.00
Critique $45.00

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


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

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

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

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

$25.00 Members

$35.00 Nonmembers

Hosted by NM

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

This is a FREE EVENT for all!

 


 

Frank Talk from Sylvie Frank

October 10, 2020 at Noon- 1:15 CDT

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

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

Members $20
Nonmembers $40

 


 

How to Craft a Compelling Query Letter

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

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

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

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

Hosted by San Diego, CA

 


 

Nuts and Bolts of Getting Your Graphic Novel Published

October 9th, 2020 at 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST

During this session, agent Janna Morishima focuses on the nitty-gritty details about how to put together a strong graphic novel proposal, find a great agent, and get published. This talk is essentially a “Part 2” follow-up to her popular “Children’s/YA Graphic Novels 101” presentation (though you don’t have to have attended it to get value from this talk). Some of the topics we’ll cover include:

How do you format a graphic novel manuscript?
What makes a strong graphic novel illustration portfolio?
How do you know when you’re ready to query?
What do you need to include in a pitch package? How long should it be?
How do you choose a good agent? Should you pitch to multiple agents or publishers at once?
What types of graphic novel projects are publishers looking for?
How can you find good freelance editors to help you polish your work?
Is self-publishing a good option? If so, when, and how do you do it well?
There will be plenty of time for Q&A at the end, so bring your specific questions

SCBWI Members $20.00

Hosted by Long Island New York

 


 

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

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

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

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

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

SOCAL Authors Illustrators Day

October 3rd, 2020 8AM-6PM

FACULTY

Linda Camacho, agent Gallt & Zacker Literary

Miranda Paul, agent Erin Murphy Literary

Stacia Deutsch, NY Times bestselling author

Sharon Langley, author A Ride to Remember

Jim Hoover, Art Director Penguin Random House

additional written critiques by

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

***Kelly Van Sant, agent for KT Literary

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

Hosted by Socal

 


2020 Houston Virtual Conference: Going the Distance!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosted by Houston

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

$50 for a critique with Carter Hasegawa

Hosted by PA West

 

 

 


 

 

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

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

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

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

Hosted by SCBWI Southwest Texas

 


 

A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books

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

Want to build your children’s book career?

Join us for:

A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: This session will NOT be recorded.

$10

Hosted by SF/South


Nonfiction Series Craft Talk with Author Steve Sheinkin

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

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

Free

Hosted by SCBWI Western Washington

 


 

A New Way to Outline

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

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

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

Hosted by Montana

 


 

The Story Behind Their Stories with Lesa Cline-Ransome

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

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

$15 — Members
$30 — Non-members

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic

 


 

If You Give a Child a Book

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

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

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

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

Hosted by San Diego, CA

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

 


 

Letters and Line Virtual Conference 2020

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

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

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

Hosted by CO

 


 

 

 

San Diego Second Saturday Speaker Series

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hosted by CA

 


 

Diversity Day: Writing Outside Your Lane

Sept 12, 2020 at 10 am – 3 pm

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

SCBWI Members: $55
SCBWI Student Members: $30

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

Hosted by Indiana SCBWI

 


 

2020 Writers’ Day Series: Create your own Adventure

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

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

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

$30 SCBWI Members

$50 non-members

Hosted by Cen Cal

 


 

Nonfiction: New and Improved!

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

$50 for Members
$75 for Non-members

Hosted by Dakotas

 


 

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

Thursday, September 10, 2020 @7pm EST

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

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

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

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

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

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


 

NV Mentorship Informational Meeting

Sept 9 from 7-8pm Pacific Time

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

Meet our NV author mentors:

Terri Farley

Ellen Hopkins

Jenny MacKay

Heather Petty

Suzanne Morgan Williams

FREE

Hosted by NV

 


 

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

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

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

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

$20.00 members, $30.00 for nonmembers

Hosted by Hawaii

 


 

Nuggets of Inspiration 2nd session E.B. Lewis

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

his six-part series will inspire creativity and originality.

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

$10 for members
$15 for non-members

Hosted by SFNorth/Eastbay

 


 

Webinar: First Pages with Associate Editor Sasha Henriques

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

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

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

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Roaring Twenties Bookstore Tour

August 20th, 2020 at 3:30pm ET

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

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

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

$5.00

Hosted by SCBWI PA West

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 

 


 

The Science of Writing Humor with Erin Teagan

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

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

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

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

Hosted by MD/DE/WV


 

WOW: Words on the Web Wired Weekend

Friday, August 14-Sunday, August 16, 2020

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

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

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

 


 

How to Write Inclusively with Mary Fan

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

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

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

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Writing for Christian Markets with Lisa Crayton

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

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

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