SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Digital Directory of Virtual Author/Illustrator Visits and Workshops

 

 

PREK-ELEMENTARY

Creative Writing Sessions and Author Visits

Grades: 8-12

Bringing Creative Writing sessions and Songwriting sessions directly to students grades 8-12 via FaceTime or Skype.

Mimi Cross

 

DAHLIA IN BLOOM Author Visit & Study Downloads

Ages: 7-12

Free 15-minute virtual author visit and free downloads for novel study. Dahlia in Bloom, middle-grade historical fiction set in 1933 Appalachia, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews and was named one of Kirkus’ Best Books of 2019. Links to Susan Koehler’s professional materials are available on their website.

Susan Koehler

 

How to Summarize 

Ages: 5+ 

Kerry O’Malley Cerra walks students through the process of summarizing different texts including picture books, middle grade novels, and even shows them how to use it when writing.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra

 

Free Virtual Author Visits

Ages: 4-8

Kids around the world are invited to join the 30-minute long live sessions where they can virtually meet a real-life author and listen to her read one of her books. The sessions are 100% free and will be held on Facebook Live at the following times: Wed, March 18 @11am ET; Thu, March 19 @3pm ET; Fri, March 20 @6pm ET; Mon, March 23 @1pm ET, Tue, March 24 @2pm ET.

Sucheta Rawal

 

Know What You Love, Make What You Love: A Virtual Writing/Creative Workshop Inspired by Daniel Chester French, Sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial 

Ages: Workshops: 8-12 | Read-Alongs: 2-5

Author Linda Booth Sweeney will share a brief book talk, an inside look at the author’s process and hands-on writing/making activities, inspired by the award-winning picture book biography, MONUMENT MAKER. May have a guest visit by artist Shawn Fields.

Linda Booth Sweeney

 

Meet the Author: How a Book Comes to Be Free Skype Visit

Grades: K-5

Connect virtually via Skype with award-winning children’s author to discuss books and how a book comes to be.

Donna McDine

 

Mini-Workshops: Drawing & Watercolor 

Grades: 1-4

In each video mini-workshop, I will guide the participants to draw or paint a small project, step-by-step. 

Irina Mirskaya

 

Mystery Builders, An Online Course

Ages: 7-10 

Learn all the elements that go into a mystery story, with writing prompts, worksheets and videos.

Sarah Todd Taylor 

 

Skype Visits & Story Readings 

Ages: 8-12

Shirin Shamsi is happy to Skype readings of their middle grade novel and share a PDF of notes and questions with teachers.

Shirin Shamsi

 

Storybuilding & Brainstorming

Ages: 4-8

Some reading, brainstorming ideas. Be prepared to brainstorm!

Linda E. Marshall

 

This Writer’s Life YouTube Channel 

Ages: 8-12

This Writer’s Life is an engaging educational video series for 8 to 12-year-olds that peeks into the writing process. That means tools, writing activities, guidance, and encouragement for young writers to help develop their sense of themselves as writers, their unique voices and imaginations, and their own writer’s life. Plus, each episode features someone in a creative field offering a piece of advice from their own process!

Danielle Davis 

 

Virtual Visits with Nonfiction Children’s Author Kevin Kurtz

Grades: K-5 

Using Zoom, Kevin can speak virtually to up to 50 students in their homes about science, nature, and writing nonfiction.

Kevin Kurtz 

 

Writing Lessons

Ages: 6-10 

Fun writing ideas and lessons for kids!

Shannon Anderson

 

Writing Tips Videos 

Ages: 8-12

Kim Ventrella will answer frequently-asked writing questions from kids on their YouTube channel.

Kim Ventrella

MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

Writing and Revision Facebook Event

A recording of this event is available on Cynthea’s Facebook page here. The author is also permitting online readings of her middle grade novel PARIS PAN TAKE THE DARE and her picture book WOOBY AND PEEP.

Cynthea Liu

 

Writing Exercise Based on BOMB

Ages: 10-14

Steve Sheinkin will read a scene from BOMB and guide students through writing their own versions. 

Steve Sheinkin 

 

Writing Workshops

Grades: 4-8

Various pause-and-write interactive video workshops for at-home students. Author Chris Tebbetts is also offering free 15-minute Skype/Zoom visits for any at-home students (grades 4-12).

Chris Tebbetts

HIGH SCHOOL

Virtual School Visit with Author-Illustrator Vesper Stamper

Ages: 13+

A virtual visit about Vesper Stamper’s book, A CLOUD OF OUTRAGEOUS BLUE, about the Great Plague of 1348. The author will be doing a visit like this about once a week until the shelter-in-place lifts. Follow them on Instagram @vesperillustration to find out more.

Vesper Stamper

ADULT

Virtual Chat with Michele Weber Hurwitz

Ages: Adults

For teachers, librarians– Q&A for HELLO FROM RENN LAKE–new middle grade sci-fi novel where kids take action on climate crisis. Releasing May 26 from Penguin Random House/Wendy Lamb Books.

Michele Weber Hurwitz

ALL

A Writing Workshop About Character Voice 

Ages: All 

A self-guided writing workshop entitled, “Creating vivid characters by giving each one a unique voice.”

Dawn Babb Prochovnic

 

Ask Jody Feldman Three Questions

Grades: K-College

Teachers: Virtually solicit 3 questions from your students and Jody Feldman will respond via an in-person video to share their answers. Additional puzzles and fun links for kids & discussion guides for educators at website.

Jody Feldman

 

Ask the Author

Ages: 8-11 

Free 15 minute Skype visits for kids and families. If you’ve read, are reading, or would like to read The Sixty-Eight Rooms series, Marianne can Skype with you!

Marianne Malone 

 

Channel Your Creativity (Webinar Workshop)

Grades: 3-5; 8-10

Experienced author/workshop leader uses readings, presentations, discussion, and hands-on writing activities to inspire creativity with fun prompts and exercises.

Marie Powell

 

Creating a Story

Ages: 8-18 

A workshop that walks children through brainstorming and developing a story.

Janice Hardy

 

Illustrated Maps

Ages: All

Artist will take you through a step by step workshop on how to create an illustrated map your local area. 

Liz Anelli

 

Lizzie by Design Live Drawing

Ages: 6+ 

Lizzie DiFiore will live stream the creation of children’s art on Twitch 2 times a week. It’s a family-friendly environment and kid-requested drawing prompts are encouraged!

Lizzie DiFiore

 

Writing Stories with Ann Brady 

Ages: All

Ann Brady mentors young writers in the craft of creating and writing stories. Each workshop is tailored to age and ability. Please contact Ann for more details.

Ann Brady