SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Regional Webinars

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

 

Webinars are priced affordably so that you can all attend. 

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

The list is arranged with the dates newest on top.

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Writing 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).

 


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.


 

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 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


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

 


 

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