Pennsylvania: East Regional events

Serious about improving your craft? SCBWI's regional events provide opportunities for professional growth and help you connect with a supportive, creative community.

Illustrator Nuts & Bolts: Two-step Critique

May 28, 2024 - Aug 15, 2024

1 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

Calling all illustrators: Join us for an opportunity to develop an original character for your portfolio/dummy with TWO professional feedback sessions. Participants will submit five images for the first meeting--an original character design (1 image), a character study (1 image) and a narrative series with this same character (3 separate images). Participants will then have about 5 weeks to revise and resubmit these same 5 images for a second round of feedback.

Webinar: Creating in Community

Aug 06, 2024

1 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

Description: You already know: Working with a critique partner or group can help improve your creative projects! Incorporating useful feedback into your art or writing can make the difference in whether your work attracts attention from an agent, gets accepted by a publisher, or wins an award. The best critique environment is a supportive, collaborative, safe space. It sparks vulnerability, transparency, and creativity while offering feedback that builds up writers’ confidence—in their work and in themselves. Equally true: in partnerships or groups with diverse creators, it’s important to foster a welcoming environment for creators of differing identities or cultures—or whose work centers characters or nonfiction/fiction themes outside your lived experience. Building on her experience as a writing coach and as a sensitivity reader for publishers of adult and KidLit titles, Lisa A. Crayton will explore how critique partners (and groups) can better celebrate, uplift, and empower creators through community. She’ll address topics centering diversity—such as stereotypes, marginalization, and respect— as they relate to KidLit art and writing. Lisa will also offer tips for providing better written and verbal feedback. And she’ll address your pressing questions arising from real life experiences in critique environments. The webinar is for you if you struggle with giving honest feedback when offering critiques to another creator because of the material that includes cultures, identities and/or themes different from your lived experience. Or if you hold back your heart topics or projects in a critique group because of fear of receiving insensitive comments. Or if you simply are curious about how to build a more supportive critique group. A limited number of critiques available at an additional cost.

Free

Webinar: Everything You Need To Know About How To Make Young Readers Laugh with Donna Gephart

Aug 27, 2024

1 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

Learn techniques and tips to create funny children’s books, from picture books through young adult novels. Discover which types of humor work best for various age groups. Tap into your inner child with lively examples, fun exercises and practical advice that will inspire you to write side-splitting humor for the younger set.

Standard price:$ 25
Price with membership:$ 15

Webinar: Free Your Mind and Your Books--The Perks, Trials, Tribulations, and Triumphs of Self-Publishing

Sep 17, 2024

1 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

You’ve learned the art of writing your genre and your category, and now you’re ready to take the leap into publishing (or maybe dip a toe in) … BRAVA! This webinar is for writers who want to explore self-publishing—aka A Fearless Way to Publish (that is also terrifying)—versus traditional publishing—aka the Sit and Wait, first-time authors who have never published a book, traditionally published authors who want to explore self-publishing, anyone who wants to learn the different methods of publication and examine all their options, anyone who writes fast and doesn’t want to take part in (or remain in) the Sit and Wait (aka traditional publishing), anyone who finds the self-publishing process intimidating and would like an overview, anyone ready to publish a book, soon-to-be-published authors (or long-established ones) who want to work on building their marketing brand, and anyone who likes learning new things. Kim will walk you through the steps to publishing your book, including hiring editors and cover designers, making your own website, creating and maintaining a newsletter list, and a quick overview of which social media platforms to use (and if you should). If time allows, Kim will also: Provide a quick overview on ways to publish on the different platforms with the most attention spent on the world’s largest retailer Outline common mistakes so you can avoid them Include a step-by-step guide to both paid and free tools to format your books (Vellum, Scrivener, Draft2Digital, and Reedsy) Review tips and tricks to start (or restart) your books Provide a list of helpful resources to get you started (and help along the way)

Standard price:$ 25
Price with membership:$ 15

First Page Center Stage—LIVE! in Lancaster

Sep 21, 2024

10 event

Available seats 56

Lancaster Public Library: Lancaster City Branch

First Page Center Stage is back! And we're LIVE in Lancaster! You won't want to miss this day full of feedback. Come for the first look/first page sessions with the art director and editors, stay for the local agent workshops, and don't forget to take advantage of the critique and pitch opportunities while you're there.

Standard price:$ 245
Price with membership:$ 205

Webinar: with Lane Clarke

Oct 22, 2024

Online event

Unlimited seats

Standard price:$ 25
Price with membership:$ 15

Curating your Craft: Annual Eastern PA Virtual Illustrator Day

Oct 26, 2024

11 event

Online event

Available seats 94

Join us for a day of curating your illustrator portfolio as we honor keynote speaker and local author-illustrator, Julie Fortenberry. Plus world-class presentations from invited faculty and add ons—an AD assignment, and portfolio reviews.

Standard price:$ 115
Price with membership:$ 100

8 & Under 2024

Nov 02, 2024

5 event

Online event

Unlimited seats

8 & Under is back! This half-day, virtual event is designed especially for writers and writer-illustrators who create for children ages 8 & Under. If you create board books, picture books, early readers, or chapter books, this is the event for you! The "full" 8 & Under event will include two faculty-led webinars plus a mini mentorship with a published author (one of Eastern PA’s PALs), complete with a written critique and an extended one-on-one virtual session. Agent/editor post-event critiques will be available for an additional fee. We are also offering the option to purchase "webinars-only" tickets, for those who are unable or do not wish to take part in the PAL mini-mentorship portion of the program. A limited number of agent/editor (post-event) critiques will be available to those who purchase a webinars-only ticket. Spaces are limited! See below for details and important dates.

Webinar: with Sera Rivers

Nov 14, 2024

Online event

Unlimited seats

Standard price:$ 25
Price with membership:$ 15