Two Upcoming Eastern PA Webinars: Crafting Picture Books and Crafting Novels, with Emma Dryden

Upcoming Webinars

Crafting Picture Books & Crafting Novels: Tips & Tools (and a Trick or Two!)

February 11, 2021 and March 25, 2021
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST

Join us for one or both!


February 11, 2021 – Crafting Picture Books: Tips & Tools (and a Trick or Two!)

Lectures will be recorded for all registered participants. In this webinar, Emma will explore elements that make great picture books, focusing on everything from word count, read-aloudability, and how to use page turns for best effect to defining three picture book structures, the difference between plot and story, and how to create picture book dummies. Emma will be suggesting writing exercises and providing a variety of invaluable handouts/worksheets. 

*Registration for the live webinar link closes 5:00 a.m. (EST) the morning of the event. 


March 25, 2021 – Crafting Novels: Tips & Tools (and a Trick or Two!)

(Lectures will be recorded for all registered participants.) In this webinar, Emma will explore elements that make great novels, focusing on everything from genres, the difference between MG and YA, and plot structure options to considering action plots and emotional plots, creating authentic characters, and how to world-build. Emma will be suggesting writing exercises and providing a variety of invaluable handouts/worksheets.

*Series registration closes 5:00 a.m. (EST) on Thursday, March 25.


Career Consultations available: (at additional cost of $60) Editorial and publishing consultant, Emma D. Dryden, will meet with authors or illustrators through 20-minute career consultations over Zoom or Skype to discuss or address any one of the following:

  • Career questions/concerns/conundrums
  • A draft query letter assessment
  • Synopsis (of fewer than 500 words) assessment
  • A digital portfolio or website review
  • Submission/query questions
  • Agent research/advice
  • Marketplace questions

Note: Emma will neither recommend nor refer specific agents/agencies. Emma will not be looking at manuscripts. In advance of the consultation, Emma will contact the author/illustrator via email to discuss their specific needs so she can determine what she’d like them to send to her prior to their consultation. She will also schedule a mutually convenient virtual meeting time.


Get to know your instructor:

Emma D. Dryden established drydenbks LLC, a premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm, after over twenty years as a highly regarded children’s book editor and publisher with Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division. During her tenure as VP, Publisher of Atheneum BFYR and Margaret K. McElderry Books, she oversaw the annual publication of more than a hundred hardcover and paperback titles. Over the course of her thirty-five-year career, Emma has edited more than 1,000 books for children and young readers, many of which have received numerous awards and medals, including but not limited to the National Book Award Honor, Newbery Honor, and Caldecott Honor, and which have hit bestseller lists in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Publishers Weekly, as well as other national publications. Emma is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ Board of Advisors; she teaches numerous writing and craft workshops around the world and online, and can be found online at www.drydenbks.com.


Webinars are $15 each/$25 for both for SCBWI members and $25 each/$40 for both for nonmembers.

To register for one or both of these webinars, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/craft-webinars-crafting-picture-books-and-crafting-novels/.

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