After two extremely successful programs earlier this summer, SCBWI Digital Workshops is back with a third slate of free webinars. Beginning on Thursday, September 17, these hour-long programs will guide SCBWI members through in-depth lessons on craft and creativity, from literary experts David Bowles, S. K. Ali, Linda Sue Park, Lesléa Newman, Emily Balistrieri, Helen Wang, Cathy Hirano, Avery Fischer Udagawa, Kendra Levin, Elana K. Arnold, Brandy Colbert, James Ransom, and Eric Gansworth. The topics explored will include plotting, poetry, memoir, revision, illustrating in multiple mediums, translation, and author identity. Registration, which is free for all members, will open the Monday before each workshop. The webinars will be broadcast live, and then saved in our video archive for an entire month, so you can rewatch your favorites as many times as you want. The last slate of Digital Workshops drew in nearly 4,000 viewers per broadcast, and we expect a similar turnout for the fall line-up, so don’t forget to sign up in advance.
Registration will open for one Digital Workshop at a time. Registration for each workshop opens the Monday before at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT
Thursday, September 17, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
Writing Identity Elements Into Our Stories
David Bowles, Author
S.K. Ali, Author
Linda Sue Park, Author
How does identity affect story? What are the important craft questions that writers should ask themselves when including identity elements in their work? Three authors discuss the choices they make in creating their stories, and the importance of those choices to young readers.
Thursday, September 24, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
The ABC’s of Poetry
Lesléa Newman, Author
Formal poetry is poetry that sticks to a traditional pattern or structure that often uses rhyme, rhythm, and repetition as well as other poetic techniques. This presentation gives an overview of poetic forms including haiku, pantoum, sestina, ballad, ghazal, and villanelle, with many examples of poems written for very young children, middle grade readers, teens, and adults. The poems of Langston Hughes, Jane Yolen, Meg Kearney and Dr. Seuss among others will be discussed.
Thursday, October 1, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
How and Why We Translate Books for Children
Emily Balistrieri, Children’s Book Translator
Helen Wang, Children’s Book Translator
Cathy Hirano, Children’s Book Translator
Moderated by Avery Fischer Udagawa, Translator
Translation is a creative (and not a mechanical) act. Three translators who translate books from languages other than English discuss their processes, challenges, and the reasons they translate. Using books authored in East Asian languages as case studies, this panel will lift the veil on a rarely discussed process that brings stories to a global audience.
Thursday, October 8, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
Battling the Shadow: Tools for Being the Hero of Your Writing and Illustrating Process During Challenging Times
Kendra Levin, Editorial Director, Simon and Schuster
How can you focus on your writing and illustrating when the world is in chaos? Drawing on the archetypes of the hero’s journey, editorial director and life coach Kendra Levin will offer tools and advice for how to preserve and enhance your creative process during these turbulent times.
Thursday, October 15, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT/ 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
Revising for Plot
Elana K. Arnold, Author
Brandy Colbert, Author
Through discussion and analysis of their various works, Elana and Brandy explore several techniques for successfully developing plot through revision. Writers will be given tools that will improve their revision techniques and results.
Thursday, October 22, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
Picture-Making From a New Perspective: Crafting illustrations that Captivate an Audience
James Ransom, Illustrator
A renowned illustrator of seventy books for children discusses the why, the what, and the creative interpretation and decision process of creating pictures with a variety of mediums. This presentation will also include a tour of James’ studio.
Thursday, October 29, 4:00pm – 5:00pm PDT / 7:00pm – 8:00pm EDT
Transforming the Personal
Eric Gansworth, Author
Writing from personal experience involves reconstructing the stories of our lives. Whether you are creating memoir or transforming your own story into fiction, writing from personal experience involves translating the facts into a strong narrative. This webinar will explore strategies, from the author’s own work, for cultivating a story based on (or informed by) our personal history.