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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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

 


 

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

 


 

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

 


 

Back Up and Let Me Be: Giving a Character’s Voice Space to Grow with Leah Henderson

June 23, 2020 at 7:00 to 8:30 PM (Eastern)

Award winning author and writing professor Leah Henderson, who also is a member of the SCBWI Mid-Atlantic region, will present a talk entitled “Back Up and Let Me Be: Giving a Character’s Voice Space to Grow” on June 23, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm EST. Leah will help us look at the delicate balance between the relationship of an author’s voice and a character’s voice and explore how elements such as rhythm, life-experience, and word choice play into letting a character’s voice grow into that undeniable, unputdownable soul of story.

Members: $15
Nonmembers: $30

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic


 

 An Agent’s Perspective

June 17, 2020 at 5:00pm-6:15pm Mountain Standard Time

SCBWI Montana is hosting a Zoom webinar with agent Sara Megibow.

Sara Megibow is a literary agent with KT literary out of Highlands Ranch, CO. She has worked in publishing since 2006 and represents New York Times bestsellers authors including Margaret Rogerson, Casey McQuiston, Roni Loren, Jason M. Hough and Jaleigh Johnson. She specializes in launching debut authors and working on long-term career development and profit strategy with them. She is a graduate of Northwestern University with degrees in Women’s Studies, Gender Studies and American History. Always LGBTQ+ Friendly!

In this webinar, Sara will give attendees an overview of publishing in 2020, followed by information on what attracts an agent’s attention. A question and answer session will follow Sara’s presentation.

Sara will accept exclusive manuscript submissions from webinar attendees until July 31, 2020.

$15.00 for SCBWI Members
$25.00 for Non-SCBWI Members

Hosted by MT


Writing Compelling Characters and Reverse Engineering Story Ideas

June 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm – 8:15 pm Central Time

Natascha is a former editorial assistant at Simon & Schuster. She is primarily looking for picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts across most genres. She is also looking for artists that speak to her creatively, and graphic novelists.
Her topic: writing compelling characters and “reverse engineering story ideas.” She’ll also cover MSWL (Manuscript Wish List) and pitmad (a pitch party on Twitter where writers tweet a 280-character pitch for their polished, unpublished manuscript). A very tight logline and a two-paragraph query copy is created. Natascha will provide an online link for queries after the Zoom session.

SCBWI Members: $20
Non-Members: $30


 

Surviving Self-Doubt: Seeking Positive Twists & Turns to Help Shape the Direction of Your Writing/Illustrating Career

June 14th, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Self-doubt comes in many shapes and sizes, and can plaque even some of the most seasoned writers/illustrators. And unfortunately, it’s something that can stall one’s publication journey before it even begins. Join Brian Montanaro to discuss ways of finding success and keeping yourself motivated as you follow your dreams of publication.

$15. members; $30. non-members

(Members, login to get the discounted rate)

The fee includes access to the webinar live or to a recording of the webinar for a period of one week following the event, should you be unable to attend at the time of the webinar airing. There will be NO refunds for this event.

Hosted by West Central Upstate NY

 


Writing that Crosses Over Christian and Secular Markets

Thursday, June 11, 2020 @8pm EST/5pm PT

Writing successfully for one market can be daunting. But what about crafting stories that fit in two markets? Stories that fit in both the Christian and secular world? Is this type of crossover writing career achievable in the times we live? In this webinar, literary agent Adria Goetz will discuss her experience helping clients build careers across both marketplaces.

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

Optional written critique available. Submit a cover letter + either a picture book manuscript or first 10 pages of a Middle Grade or Young Adult fiction manuscript to epawebco@gmail.com by Friday June 12.

Non-Members $25.00
Members $15.00
Critique $45.00

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 


 

Charlesbridge: Portfolio Reviews

June 11, 2020 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

We have an amazing opportunity for illustrators! Want to know what an art director looks for in a portfolio? Want to see how your work measures up and how to make it stronger? This event is for you.

Kristen Nobles, Charlesbridge Publishing Art Director and former Candlewick Press Art Director, will provide a written critique of each participating illustrator’s portfolio. For follow up, Kristen will lead a webinar to highlight the most important qualities she seeks in a portfolio and how each illustrator’s art aligns with her vision.

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

Webinar plus portfolio critique:
$55 (members only)

Webinar only:
$10 (members)
$25 (nonmembers)

Hosted by Nebraska

 


 

Making it Real with Literary Agent and Author Marie Lamba

June 9 7:00pm-8:30pm EST

MAKING IT REAL offers tips and techniques that’ll transform words on a page into a believable world for the reader. The real trick is to make the reader the co-creator of the fictional dream. Discover why less can be more when it comes to writing about emotions, setting, descriptions and action. This webinar workshop will include examples and exercises aimed at taking your writing to the next level.

$15 for members
$30 for non members

Hosted by Mid Atlantic

 


 

How to Get There: A Q&A session with a Successfully Published Author and Author/Illustrator

90 minute Webinar Sunday, June 7, 2020 at 4:00 PM Eastern/3:00 PM Central/2:00 PM Mountain/1:00 PM Pacific

Manuscripts and dummies and queries, oh my! Get answers to your questions about writing and illustrating for children, submissions, agents, royalties, promotion, and more from SCBWI MD/DE/WV Co-Regional Advisors Rebecca Evans and Kathy MacMillan. You bring the questions; they’ll bring their combined 30 years of experience in the publishing world working in fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens, and adults, small presses, large presses, illustration, book packagers, work for hire, self-publishing, and more!

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 or first page critique: $25.00
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages), Portfolio review, or Dummy critique: $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Collaborative Novel Workshop

Begins June 6, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. Central time

Struggling to draft or revise your MG or YA novel? This workshop is for you.

Award-winning author N.L. Sharp and Shelly Nosbisch, MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts will guide collaborative groups in the novel planning process. With our collaborative model, you’ll get feedback on your novel development throughout the year and deepen your own craft knowledge while helping other members of the group through the process.

This online developmental workshop will use Zoom meetings to support your novel development and feel confidently prepared to meet agent Jennifer March Soloway in June 2021, at our “Advice from an Agent” Retreat, should you choose to attend.

Meetings:
June 6 & 27
July 11 & 25
Then the second Saturday of the month until May 2021 (dates and times may be adjusted to meet the needs of participants)

Register by June 1 to get a spot!

Members:
Novel Workshop only: $100
Workshop + Advice from an Agent Retreat: $375

Non-members:
Novel Workshop only: $150
Workshop + Advice from an Agent Retreat: $425

Hosted by Nebraska

 


 

Comics: Pacing, Panels, and Pitches

June 6, 2020 10am – 11am Alaskan time

We all know Graphic Novels are a huge undertaking, but they don’t have to be. In this webinar, we will examine different styles of graphic novels and the mechanics of how a comic page works. Also, we will breakdown the process of creating a graphic novel in to 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 a great introduction into the genre.

$15 (Members) for the webinar; $35 for illustration reviews (limited number available)

Hosted by SCBWI Alaska

 


 

Self-Editing for Writers with Mary Kole

June 3 2020 11:30 am Pacific time

Most of writing happens in revision. Terry Pratchett once said, “The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” What happens after–how you shape that first draft into a story for others–is what determines your success. But it’s common knowledge that writers have a very hard time seeing their work objectively. In this class, Mary will cover the most common writing issues in the categories of character, plot, and voice, and how you can teach yourself to recognize them and attack them in your own writing. Work smarter, not harder, on your next revision.

Free for SF/South members; $10 for members from other regions.

Hosted by San Francisco South


Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jssica Brody

June 2, 2020 7:00-10:00 PM Central Time

In this unique and engaging presentation, bestselling author, teacher, and story coach Jessica Brody guides novelists through the renowned SAVE THE CAT! story structure method, which writers around the world are using to create engaging stories, compelling character arcs, and unputdownable novels.

Jessica, author of SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL (a #1 Amazon Bestseller) will walk writers through the “secret storytelling code” that lies at the heart of all great fiction and will demonstrate (using examples from popular books and movies) how the 15 “beats” of the Save the Cat! method can be used to plot, write, outline, or revise your novel, or simply jumpstart you out of writing slumps. This fun and informative presentation is sure to inspire you and leave you itching to start writing!

$25 for SCBWI members, $40 for non-members

Hosted by Iowa

 


 

 

Playing with Picture Book Structure with Sue Fliess

Saturday, May 31, 2020 at 11:00 AM Eastern/10:00 AM Central/9:00 AM Mountain/8:00 AM Pacific

In this 90-minute webinar, Sue will discuss and show examples of many types of picture book structures to get you thinking about how you are structuring your own story and why. She’ll talk about how trying on a different structure for your story can enrich it, change it, and help you learn something about your main character or story arc, or solidify your original decision.

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 critique following webinar (Picture book manuscript – fiction): SCBWI Members Only: $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Landing a Picture Book Deal (and What Happens After?) with 2021 debut illustrator Yuko Jones

May 31st, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

2021 debut illustrator Yuko Jones has a few tricks up her sleeve for landing a picture book illustration job. But once you land that deal, what can you expect throughout the process of collaborating with a publisher? Yuko will take us through how her debut offer came to her, as well as through the pertinent aspects of her illustration process, industry expectations, deadlines, and more!

$15. members; $30. non-members

(Members, login to get the discounted rate)

The fee includes access to the webinar live or to a recording of the webinar for a period of one week following the event, should you be unable to attend at the time of the webinar airing. There will be NO refunds for this event.

Hosted by West Central Upstate NY

 


 

Artworks: What Illustrators Bring to Picture Books

Saturday, May 30 9:30-11 & 1:00-2:30 Pacific Time:00 & 1

Marissa Moss, publisher of Creston Books will discuss what illustrators bring to picture books and how to bring a text to life. You’ll learn how Creston Books guides and works with illustrators and how to avoid beginner mistakes. Two 90 minute webinars including Q & A and live portfolio image reviews.

$20 SCBWI Members
$30 Non-Members
Price includes both webinars

Hosted by CenCal


 

 

School Visit Success with Tips for Going Digital

May 27 2020 at 1:00-2:00 PM Pacific Time

For the past decade, Kelly Milner Halls has given hundreds of school visit and festival presentations all over the United States. Some have been in auditoriums, some have been online. All have been great fun–and lucrative.
Are you hoping to add school visits to your author portfolio? Can virtual visits fill the gaps until the Corona virus slips into infamy? It’s entirely possible.
Kelly will introduce you to both options in this fun and lively Internet workshop.

$15.00 SCBWI Members

Hosted by Inland Northwest

 


 

Studying the Publishers’ Marketplace – How to Do it and Why

May 21, 2020 at 7:30-9:00pm Central time

Author, Ann Ingalls, will discuss the nuts and bolts of studying the publisher’s marketplace.
Ann Ingalls is a children’s writer with nearly 50 books in print or forthcoming. Ann sold nearly all of those books on her own, most of them in the last 7 years. It goes without saying that writers need to spend loads of time working at their craft in hope that in time it will sell. By studying the publishers’ marketplace for a short time every day (15-20 minutes), writers begin to see which publishers will be a good fit for their work.

$10 for members
$20 for non-members

Hosted by Dakotas

 


 

I’m Getting Published…Now What? Book Promotion and the Writer’s Public Life with Meg Eden

90 minute Webinar Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:30 PM Eastern/5:30 PM Central/4:30 PM Mountain/3:30 PM Pacific

Writing a book and getting it published is hard enough–however the work doesn’t end there. Both traditionally and self-published authors are expected to do their own promotion, and there are so many options for promotion, it can be hard to know which ones are most effective, let alone which ones are out there before publication.

In this webinar, we will address lessons learned from both the author and publicity and marketing sides of the publishing experience. We’ll discuss self-promotion, networking and the critical principles of being a bold, respectful writer in the public sphere—both online and in-person. Come prepared for a lively discussion about the public writing life!

egistration 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 critique from Meg Eden following webinar (first 10 pages of a YA manuscript, MG manuscript, or Poetry in verse): SCBWI Members Only: $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


Be Bold! SCBWI Montana’s Virtual Writing Retreat

May 16, 2020 at 10am EST-3pm EST

Due to the coronavirus situation, SCBWI Montana has moved our face- to- face writing retreat to a virtual event on Zoom. Our guest faculty member is Talia Benamy, associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers). Talia will show us ways to take our writing careers to the next level!

Register for all three sessions or pick one or two that fits your needs best.

All attendees will be able to submit a manuscript to Talia after the event.

For more information about Talia Benamy, visit https://www.penguin.com/publishers/philomel/

Be Bold! Sessions

Saturday, May 16, 2020

10am EST Session 1: Welcome and “Creating Characters” Presentation (1 hour and fifteen minutes, including Q &A)

11:30 am EST Session 2: Perfecting Your Pitch: The Power of An Awesome Query Letter (1 hour and 15 minutes, including Q &A)

1pm EST Session 3: Best Practices for Authors, Q and A session, Closing Remarks (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Cost: $15/ per session for SCBWI members or $25/ per session for non-SCBWI members

Hosted by SCBWI Montana

 


 

Webinar: Drawing On Discovery with Maria Middleton

2 hour webinar Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 1:00 PM Eastern/12:00 noon Central/11:00 AM Mountain/10:00 AM Pacific

Discovery is the act of finding something unknown. A discovery can be magical, terrible, humorous, wonderful, shocking, inspiring—or anything in between! In this webinar art director Maria Middleton will help you hone in on your character and get to the heart of the moment you want to depict.

Registration with in-webinar homework critique: SCBWI Members: $60; Non-members: $80

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 15 minute Zoom portfolio review following webinar: SCBWI Members only: $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 

 


 

Finding Our Jam: Fiction or Nonfiction? Series or Standalone? Graphic Novels? Exploring the Genres That Get Us Most Excited About Writing for Young Readers

May 14, 2020 at 7 pm Central Time

Whether it’s contemporary issues that motivate us or a love for historical research, a drive to make kids laugh or a desire to help them navigate painful challenges — we all bring a variety of passions to our projects. Join Golden Kite winning author Kate Hannigan in talking about tapping what excites us most about the power of children’s literature and how we can bring those passions to our craft.

SCBWI Members $10; for Non-Members $15
If you pre-order one of the following books before May 14, email the Registrar with your proof of purchase and your webinar will be refunded or you will receive a coupon to register!

Pre-Order: MASK Book 2 of THE LEAGUE OF SECRET HEROES or THE GREAT CHICAGO FIRE: RISING FROM THE ASHES

Hosted by Illinois

 


 

Group Book Promotion During a Pandemic and Beyond

May 12, 2020 at 7:00pm-8:30pm EST

Four authors offer tips on promoting books as a group or by partnering with other authors during this time of social-distancing and beyond. They reflect on how authors can also use this knowledge to promote their books independently. Learn about creating effective social media posts and blog content, utilizing hashtags, planning virtual and in-person group events, finding creators to partner with, and more.

$15, members
$30, non members

Hosted by Mid Atlantic

 


 

 

A Map to Draw From: Charting a Multi-layered Illustration Career

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020 at 5:30pm (Central European Time) / 11:30am (Eastern Standard Time)

t’s hard to figure out what to do when illustrating kidlit alone isn’t enough to generate a sustainable income. The process can be daunting trying to do it all without risk of spreading yourself too thin or crashing into burnout. But juggling multiple illustration disciplines is definitely possible— you just need an effective game plan.

SCBWI France has invited Leeza Hernandez, a US-based children’s book illustrator/author to share some of the challenges she faced and steps that she took to help create a work practice that now yields a diverse stream of revenue whilst actualizing what she loves to do— make art!

In this webinar, Leeza will discuss various fields from children’s books to Etsy sales and product development, art licensing, niche-market conventions and beyond.

She’ll help you navigate ways to: Execute a personal plan
, Set a practical budget
, Implement a daily practice, Boost inspiration
 Stay motivated
, Avoid burnout
, Embrace sacrifice, Maintain a rolling check.

10€ for SCBWI members
30€ for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI FRANCE

 


Children’s Graphic Novels 101 with Janna Morishima, Literary & Illustration Agent, Janna Co.

May 9, 2020 at 10:00 – 11:30 am Pacific Time

Kids’ graphic novels are one of the hottest categories in book publishing. In this 75 minute session, literary and illustration agent Janna Morishima will discuss the nuts and bolts of getting started in graphic novels. She’ll explain what exactly a graphic novel is (and the difference between “graphic novels” and “comics”); who the major players in graphic novel publishing are; what editors and agents are looking for; what’s typically included in graphic novel submissions; how to format a graphic novel script; and what’s working and what’s not in the graphic novel category.

This webinar will be recorded and made available until May 16, 2020 for those that registered but could not attend the live event. There will be no refunds if you do not watch it by then.

$15 members
$30 nonmembers

 


 

 

Picture Book Camp with Marla Frazee

May 9, 2020 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Central Time

Crafting plot and storyboarding for your PB dummy

Attention aspiring and emerging author-illustrators: Want to take your PB project to the next level? Join us as Caldecott Honor Winner Marla Frazee offers her approach and best advice on developing narrative plot and text for picture book dummies. Learn the ins and outs of how to craft drama, emotional resonance, and suspense in your visual storytelling.

Members: $15
Nonmembers: $35

Hosted by Nebraska

 


 

 

FREE Webinar: Tips for Great Critique Groups with Laura Gehl

90 minute webinar Saturday, May 9, 12:00 Noon Eastern/11:00 AM Central/10:00 AM Mountain/9:00 AM Pacific

Behind every great writer is a great critique group. Learn tips for forming a critique group, being a valuable critique group member, how to handle negative feedback, and what to do when your critique group doesn’t agree. Most importantly, learn how to use feedback from your critique partners to make your manuscript the best it can be.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: FREE! Non-members: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: FREE! Non-members: $25

Pptional written critique from a Published and Listed Member following webinar available to SCBWI Members only: $70.00 (see link for complete list of critiquers)

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

 

MayFest Conference

May 9 Zoom Critiques 12:00 Pm; May 9 8-5 Conference

San Diego SCBWI MayFest features: one-on-one critiques, keynote with Matt De La Peña, editor and agent panels, two-hour craft workshops, portfolio showcase, and awards. Participants pick their critique faculty on a first come, first served basis, so sign up early!

MayFest Schedule (All times are Pacific Standard Time)

Friday, May 8

10:00-11:00 a.m. Showcase Judging

12-2 p.m. One-on-One Zoom Critiques

Saturday, May 9

8-8:50 a.m. One-on-One Zoom Critiques

9 a.m. Welcome

9:15-10:15 a.m. Keynote by Matt De La Peña

10:30-11:30 a.m. Industry panel

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Agent Panel

12:45-1:45 p.m. One-on-One Zoom Critiques,
& Showcase Slideshow

1:45-2 p.m. Meet the Workshop Faculty

2-4:00 p.m. Workshops*

4-5:00 p.m. Awards & Thank you to faculty and volunteers.

(*Workshops will be recorded so participants will attend one workshop live, but will be able to watch all 4 workshop recordings.)

Awards for: Portfolios & manuscripts

SCBWI Non-member $120.00
SCBWI Member – $100.00

One-on-One Critique $60:
Ten minute Zoom Critique
SCBWI Critique Gold Form with written notes
Attendees select their critique faculty in order of registration.
Awards for most promising work.

Illustrator Showcase $60. Fee includes (Showcase & One-on-One Critique):
Juried Portfolio Showcase: Awards
One-on-one Critique: Illustrators may submit a portfolio, dummy, promotional postcards, graphic novel, or a manuscript (with art).

Hosted by San Diego

 

 


 

Creating Winning School/Library Presentations

Saturday, May 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM Eastern/1:00 PM Central/12:00 Noon Mountain/11:00 AM Pacific

What makes a memorable author presentation? Discover the things that teachers and librarians look for. Pinpoint the unique perspective that only you can offer. And learn ways to adapt your presentation for different age ranges and audiences, both in-person and online. Presented by Veronica Bartles and Matthew Winner.

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 critique of your Presentation Package from Veronica Bartles following webinar: SCBWI Members Only: $75.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Writers & Illustrators Working Conference

May 2-3, 2020 8 am – 5:30 pm Sat, 8 am – 6 pm Sun Central Time

Our annual regional conference has moved Online! Keynotes from Laurie Halse Anderson, Ben Clanton & Cynthia Leitich Smith. Breakout sessions and panels for writers, illustrators & professional development. Sunday intensive sessions (2-3 hrs) take deep dives into picture books, novels and illustration.

SCBWI Member, full conference: $150
SCBWI Member, non-intensives: $100
SCBWI Member, intensive only: $60
Not-yet member, full conference: $200
Not-yet member, non-intensives: $150
Not-yet member, intensive only: $150

Hosted by Austin, Texas

 

 


 

 

Big Thaw Retreat Online

May 1 and 2, 9:00-11:45am Alaska Time (10am-12:45pm Pacific Time)

Saturday–Standing Out in a Sea of Slush: “Tips for crafting a dynamite pitch,” followed by “Opening pages that deliver the pitch’s promise,” with Literary Agent, Jennifer Soloway. (2, 1.5-hour presentations with QnA)
Sunday–Illustrator Intensive: Showcase your work-Tips for polishing online portfolios, social media, picture book dummies, and more! (2-hours presentations with QnA)
Both presented by the amazing Literary Agent, Jennifer Soloway, of Andrea Brown Lit Agency, who is accepting submissions from participants.
Critiques are also available from published Alaskan authors and illustrators.

Saturday from $20
Sunday from $20
Both from $35
Critiques/reviews from $40

Hosted by Alaska

 


 

 

 

Break into the Work-for-Hire World: How to Meet the Needs of the Educational Market

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Pacific

2 hour webinar. Some say work-for-hire (WFH) is the publishing world’s best kept secret. If you enjoy researching and writing about new topics, both fiction and nonfiction, consider WFH, especially for the educational market. Participants will learn how to capture the attention of editors at educational publishers with appropriate resumes and samples. They’ll also find out about the ever-evolving variety of WFH projects, ranging from creative nonfiction to interactive media content. Discover how your unique talents can match the needs of educational publishers and identify the skills you’ll need to develop. If you love writing for children (K-12) and have a flair for simple storytelling, then the world of WFH publishing is for you!

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 work for hire package critique: $65 (Limited availability and available to SCBWI members only)

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

 

Becoming a Feedback Master

April 29, 2020 at 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Eastern Time

Back by popular demand following the fall conference!

Many of us even struggle at the first hint of feedback, taking things personally, over-explaining our choices, or simply giving up altogether. When it comes to delivering feedback, we often aren’t that much better. We land somewhere between offending our fellow writers and outright lying to them just to make them happy.

So how do we unravel the twisted muddle that is feedback? Celebrated author, illustrator, and child psychologist, Carol Baicker-Mckee, and award-winning YA author and former employee development consultant, Stephanie Keyes, lead you through an interactive and eye-opening webinar on giving and receiving feedback.

They’ll cover how to prepare for a feedback session, your behavior in the moment, and deciding how to handle the feedback afterwards. This course is perfect for pros and newbs alike.

Can’t make the session? Watch the recording later at your convenience.

$25 for members. $35 for non-members

Hosted by Pennsylvania: West

 

 


 

 

Inking and the Comics Market

April 25, 2020 10am – 11:30am Alaskan time

Have you always wanted to know more about comics and how to create them?

This 90-minute webinar is perfect for illustrators or writers who want to learn more. Jerry Bennett will talk a bit about his journey, how to ink for comics, show some of his process, and talk about alternative comic markets he has successfully utilized that you might not be aware of yet. Bring your comic book work-in-progress, if you have one, or just come to learn more about the process.

$15 (Members) for the webinar; $35 for illustration reviews (limited number available)

Hosted by SCBWI Alaska

 


 

World-Building 101: How To Scaffold Believable Places For Your Readers

April 23, 2020 7 pm – 8:30 pm Central Time

Solid world-building not only lends relatability and richness to your story, it makes the unbelievable believable—whether the story is grounded in a real location or in a fantasy world of your own making. How, then, do you go about creating a world that immerses readers and convinces them that this is a world that could really exist? Find out in this webinar with New York Times bestselling fantasy author J.C Cervantes.

J.C. will touch on the many categories to consider, with special focus on setting, magic systems, history, creatures, and myth. And she will discuss how those big-picture world-building pieces and smaller details interact with and often provoke the characters in ways that will keep readers immersed for chapter after chapter of your book.

SCBWI Member: $15.00

Non-Member: $35.00

Hosted by Nebraska

 


 

Webinar: How to Create a “Wow” Query Letter with Andrea Cascardi

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time

This session will demystify what makes an agent say “yes” to a query: hook, pitch, comps, and submission etiquette.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15, Nonmembers: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

SCBWI Members only may choose to add on one of a limited number of query letter critiques from Andrea Cascardi for $25

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Composition and Storytelling with Arree Chung

April 20 at 12pm PST

Learn how to tell stories visually with shapes, lines, color and composition. Award winning, author illustrator, Arree Chung breaks down the 5 core elements in visual storytelling that you can use to tell better stories.

Free to SCBWI SF/South members and $10 for members outside our region

Hosted by San Francisco/South

 


 

The Roaring Twenties Virtual Bookstore Tour

April 20, 2020, 1:00pm ET

On the 20th of each month, starting on Monday, April 20, we will host a virtual tour of an independent bookstore in our region. Booksellers, providing tours through their currently quiet stacks and storerooms, will answer questions about the art and science of selling books and forge new relationships with writers and illustrators like you. If you hope to host your own book events in the future, your region’s local, loyal indies are the best places to start. Why not get to know these lovely booksellers from the comfort of your own home?

$5.00

Hosted by PA West

 


 

 

 

A Writer’s Manifesto: Who You Are, What You Value, and Why It Matters, With Caroline Starr Rose

April 20, 2019 at 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Mountain Time

There’s plenty of advice out there for authors who want to set writing and career goals, but virtually nothing for those who want to thoughtfully plan how to live in the midst of the inevitable changes publication can bring. In this session, participants will explore the reasons they write, will create their own sustainable definition of success, will examine how they respond to public feedback, comparison, and envy, and will begin their own Writer’s Manifestos to both guide and encourage their future work.

$Free for SCBWI Members!

$15 for non-members

Hosted by NM

 


 

 

Adapting for Publication: When Passion and Real Life Collide with Julia Garstecki

April 19th, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Julia Garstecki pictured herself a novelist and spent many years on a middle grade manuscript. Eventually she came to terms that being a wife, mother, and teacher was not conducive to her writing quest. Rather than give up, Julia found other ways to publish, learning valuable lessons from editors and mentors along the way. While she isn’t the novelist she aspired to be (yet), she has managed to publish more than 70 books and never miss a family event. Now she is able to work part-time as she has built her writing business. Her key to success? Adapting for publication.

$15. members; $30. non-members

(Members, login to get the discounted rate)

The fee includes access to the webinar live or to a recording of the webinar for a period of one week following the event, should you be unable to attend at the time of the webinar airing. There will be NO refunds for this event.

Hosted by West Central Upstate NY

 


 

 

Dummy Book Development with Mike Malbrough

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time

A crash course aimed at helping you turn your idea into a submission-ready book dummy. Author-illustrator Mike Malbrough will cover a wide range of topics including pagination, pacing, the relationship between images and text, and best practices for getting your work seen by agents and editors. This workshop is a must for illustrators with stories to tell and a great tool for writers who want a better understanding of the book development process from a unique perspective.
Mike Malbrough is the author-illustrator of the popular Marigold Series including Marigold Bakes a Cake (Philomel, 2017) and Marigold Finds the Magic Words (Philomel, 2019). He is also the illustrator of the multi-volume Warren & Dragon Series, written by Ariel Bernstein (Viking), and You Made Me a Dad, written by Laurenne Sala (Harper, 2019).
Registration closes on April 17, 2020.

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 critique (Picture book manuscript fiction, Picture book manuscript nonfiction, Early reader/chapter book fiction, Early reader/chapter book nonfiction, Graphic novels, Graphic novel dummy, Picture book dummy, Illustrator portfolio review): $70.00
Submissions will be due to mddewv-ic@scbwi.org by April 25, 2020.

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV

 


 

 

Straight Through the Heart: Creating Characters Readers Will Love

April 18, 2020, 1pm-3pm ET

Join Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Tiff Liao for an intensive on character — “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. Over the course of this intensive, 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.”

$45 SCBWI members

Hosted by Westchester, NY

 


 

“Is Your Character In The Driver’s Seat?” with Author Dan Gemeinhart

April 16, 6:30pm-7:30pm PST

Satisfying, gripping stories are driven by character choices, good and bad. This workshop will help you make sure protagonist decisions are pushing the plot, and give you tools and techniques to turn up the tension and keep readers turning the pages.

$15.00 for SCBWI Members
$30.00 for Non-Members

Hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest

 


 

 

Researching and Writing Nonfiction Picture Books Webinar with Kate Messner

April 15, 2020 at 7:00-8:30pm EST

In this webinar, award-winning author, Kate Messner, shares some tried and true brainstorming tools for writing nonfiction picture books, along with research strategies and tips for organizing notes and sources. Bring your work in progress and a list of questions for an intense hour of learning about the craft of nonfiction picture books!

$15 for Members
$30 for Non Members

Hosted by Mid Atlantic

 


 

 

Webinar: Building a Kidlit Career (Melanie Conklin, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Linda Sue Park; moderated by Tracy C. Gold)

Monday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern

It’s not just about one book – it’s about building a career. Kid lit authors at various stages of their careers discuss how craft, promotion, finances, and more have evolved. And, of course, they’ll talk about how COVID-19 has affected their careers. Join Linda Sue Park, Melanie Conklin, Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Tracy C. Gold for a lively discussion of the nuts and bolts of writing as a career.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15, Nonmembers: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Optional written critique of picture book manuscript or first 10 pages of a Middle Grade or Young Adult fiction manuscript following webinar (SCBWI Members only): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV

 


 

Matt Forsythe: A Closer Look

April 11, 10am-Noon Hawaii Time

Hawaii chapter of SCBWI is happy to announce this two hour webinar with Matthew Forsythe. During this presentation, intended for illustrators, Matt will give us a closer look into his process. He will talk about his thumbnailing and design process, and what materials and tools he uses to bring his illustrations to life. He will be sharing progress images of a painting at different stages of completion and discussing what decisions are going into each step of the process. We will have time after the presentation for questions.

Recording will be up for one week after the event for the participants to view.

$25.00 for SCBWI Members
$35.00 for Non-Members
There are 30 spots available.
Hosted by SCBWI Hawaii

 


 

 

The Fundamentals of Scrivener 3

April 7, 2020 from 12:00pm – 2pm

Beginners and experienced users will benefit from this introduction to Scrivener’s basic features. Learn how to create a new project, understand Scrivener’s interface, organize and work with files and folders, import your existing work and research, color code your files, set word count targets, exporting your work, and more.

SCBWI Members: $15.00
Non-Members: $30.00

Hosted by Rocky Mountain Chapter

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