Upcoming Events

We hope you can join us for these upcoming events!

Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCBWI is suspending in-person events for the remainder of 2020. All in-person events will either be rescheduled or moved to a virtual platform.


Eastern PA SCBWI Webinar – Power Tips for Receiving Critiques

When: July 21 at 4:00 p.m.

What: One of the most common tips when receiving critiques is: Don’t take it personally. What does that mean exactly? Are there practical actions we can take that will help us receive a critique with greater grace and aplomb? And what about that extra spike of anxiety that rears up when our work is getting critiqued by an agent or an editor instead of a peer? What the heck can we do about that?

In this webinar that is all about the art and science of receiving critiques, Christine Carron, the Critique MD, will answer these questions and more. So whether you have a manuscript consultation coming up during the Summer Spectacular and want tips on how to keep your cool no matter what, or just want to have more confidence when receiving feedback in general, join this webinar to supercharge your critique receiving mojo.

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

For more information and to register visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-power-tips-for-receiving-critiques/.


Manuscript Critiques by SCBWI PAL Members

When: 07/19/2020 – 08/30/2020

What: Eastern PA SCBWI has teamed up with SCBWI PAL authors (members who have had at least one book or article published by traditional publishing houses that meet SCBWI’s PAL Publisher Guidelines and are listed on the  PAL Publishers list) to offer manuscript critiques. Pick a manuscript you want reviewed and then select the SCBWI PAL member you think would be the best match to provide feedback.
Registration opens May 24, 2020
Manuscript Critiques: $45 for SCBWI Members; $55 for nonmembers

FOR PICTURE BOOKS:  Send one entire picture book manuscript, plus a one or two sentence pitch. (Include pitch in same document.)

FOR CHAPTER BOOKS:  Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one or two sentence pitch. (Include pitch in same document.)

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Email your submission to Heather Stigall, at SCBWIepaCGC@gmail.com by July 19, 2020.

You will receive the written critique no later than 8/30/2020.

For more information and to register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/manuscript-critiques-by-scbwi-pal-members/


Eastern PA SCBWI Webinar – Storyboarding for Novelists

When: September 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

What: Join Sarah Aronson for an interactive lecture and workshop all about the foundations of story: characters, plot, and scene. She will introduce you to basic storyboarding techniques as well as how she uses them to strengthen logic, uncover new ideas, and reimagine twists, backstory, and emotion. Get ready to dive deep into revision. Bring a pencil and paper. No drawing skills required. Be prepared to embrace the power of play!

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

A limited number of written critiques are available at additional cost for MG/YA manuscripts only. Critique submissions are due on or before Friday, September 11, 2020. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis.

For more information and to register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-storyboarding-for-novelists/


Virtual Illustrator Day

When: September 12, 2020

What: EPA SCBWI’s largest event of the year for illustrators! A full day of presentations and critiques opportunities. Participate in the portfolio showcase and art director assignment. Faculty include author-illustrator Lee Harper, senior designer Andrea Miller (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books), editor Katie Heit (Scholastic), and agent Christy Ewers (The CAT agency).

Registration opens on June 6, 2020

Pick your level of commitment when you register. Join us for the faculty presentations or go a step further and register for the Art Director Assignment to receive feedback on your work from Andrea Miller or Katie Heit! Need more? Register for a Zoom one-on-one portfolio, dummy or manuscript critique with a publishing professional. Read about our faculty here.

Cost: Members, $110; Nonmembers, $130

Scholarship Information: This year we will offer two scholarship that will cover the cost of event registration. Additional expenses, including registration for the Art Director Assignment and one-on-one critiques are not included. Any current EPA SCBWI member may apply. To apply, please send an email to epa-ic@scbwi.org by June 30th with a link to a website that has examples of your illustrations and an explanation why you’re applying for the scholarship. Please email questions to the illustrator coordinator at epa-ic@scbwi.org.

For more information and to register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/illustrator-day/.


Eastern PA SCBIW Webinar: A New Perspective: Revision as a Collaborative Experience

When: October 19, 7:00 p.m. EST

What: Once we’ve written our story, it can seem like our ideas and messages should be clear to our readers. However, not all readers get from the page what we intend, and it can take iterations of revision to get to the heart of a novel. Writing and editing can feel like a solitary journey, but it takes a village to bring a book to its fullest potential.

But how do we find our village? And how do we parse through the village’s range of thoughts on our work? In this workshop, Meg Eden will discuss methods for shedding new light on your work (from dissecting favorite books to giving and receiving feedback), the importance of sensitivity readers, as well as questions to consider when deciding what to do with feedback you receive. We’ll also conduct exercises to help identify (or rediscover) the heart and focus of your novel.

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

A limited number of written critiques are available.

To register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-a-new-perspective-revision-as-a-collaborative-experience/


Eight & Under: Writing Picture Books and Chapter Books for Children

When: Saturday, November 7, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

What: Stay tuned for more information about this full-day event for picture book and chapter book writers. Programming to include peer-to-peer and author manuscript critiques prior to the event, editor and agent manuscript critiques at the event, and post-event submission opportunities. Authors will receive multiple rounds of feedback so they can revise and polish their work.


And check out these SCBWI Webinars hosted by other regions:

 

WEBINAR: Making Your Stories Legendary Webinar with Tracey Baptiste

July 15 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern

Myths, legends, fairy- and folk-tales endure because they tap into something deep within us all. In this seminar we will look at how ancient tales are structured to tap into core emotions like love and fear to engage and manipulate the reader. We will also examine how modern stories have used these storytelling techniques and how you can apply them to your own work.

$15, members
$30, non members

Hosted by Mid-Atlantic. For more information and to register, go to https://midatlantic.scbwi.org/events/tracey-baptiste/


WEBINAR: Power Tips for Receiving Critiques

July 21, 2020, 4:00 PM EST

One of the most common tips when receiving critiques is: Don’t take it personally. What does that mean exactly? Are there practical actions we can take that will help us receive a critique with greater grace and aplomb? And what about that extra spike of anxiety that rears up when our work is getting critiqued by an agent or an editor instead of a peer? What the heck can we do about that?

In this webinar that is all about the art and science of receiving critiques, Christine Carron, the Critique MD, will answer these questions and more. So whether you have a manuscript consultation coming up during the Summer Spectacular and want tips on how to keep your cool no matter what, or just want to have more confidence when receiving feedback in general, join this webinar to supercharge your critique receiving mojo.

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

Non-Members $25.00
Members $15.00

Hosted by Eastern PA. For more information and to register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-power-tips-for-receiving-critiques/


WEBINAR: Rhyming Picture Books: When to Write Them and How to Write Them Well with Rachel Kolar

Saturday, July 25, 2020 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

Some rhyming picture books are timeless classics of children’s literature . . . and others are riddled with forced rhymes and nonexistent rhythms. In this session, we’ll look at the pros and cons of writing in rhyme and the kinds of picture books that are best suited to a rhyming format. Then, should you decide that rhyme is right for your project, we’ll discuss the ways to do it well.

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:
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, visit https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/rhymingpicturebooks/


WEBINAR: Creating Books for Change

July 29, 2020, 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST

SCBWI PA West and the Office of Child Development at the University of Pittsburgh are proud to announce the Creating Books for Change Project. This project is for writers and illustrators of picture books. In this unique partnership, writers and illustrators will work with students in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh to learn how to better write and illustrate books that promote racial equity and justice.

Dr. Shannon Wanless, from the University of Pittsburgh’s Office of Child Development and School of Education, and Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan, Regional Advisor for SCBWI PA West, will introduce, describe, and answer questions about the program.

The Creating Books for Change Project will offer a unique opportunity for writers and illustrators to work with university students to closely examine the themes, language, and images used in their manuscripts and dummies. Through review, critique and discussion, the students will share feedback with writers and illustrators about the impact of words and pictures on racial equity and justice.

There is no cost to attend this webinar.

Hosted by Western PA. For more information and to register, visit https://wpa.scbwi.org/events/creating-books-for-change-introductory-webinar/


WEBINAR: How to Write Inclusively with Mary Fan

90-minute Webinar Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

The call for diverse books was heard loud and clear, but how can authors respond? Particularly when writing outside their lanes? While there’s no one way to “do diversity right,” keeping certain things in mind can help you write more inclusively without falling into the traps of tokenism, stereotyping, etc. This workshop will provide tips for how to incorporate diversity into your writing and how to avoid common pitfalls even the most well-meaning authors can stumble into.

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 critique: $25.00
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, visit https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/howtowriteinclusively/


WEBINAR: Writing for Christian Markets with Lisa Crayton

Saturday, August 8, 2020 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

Writers who couple their experiences and interests with their faith, religious beliefs, views, and/or opinions will likely find many new market opportunities. This session will provides tips on writing both nonfiction and fiction for print and online Christian markets.

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:
Manuscript first page critique: $25.00

For more information and to register, visit https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/christianmarkets/


ONLINE CONFERENCE: WOW: Words on the Web Wired Weekend

August 14-16, 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

Hosted by SCBWI Illinois. For more information and to register, go to https://illinois.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-il-words-on-the-web-2020/


WEBINAR: The Science of Writing Humor with Erin Teagan

90-minute Webinar Tuesday, August 18, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

We’ll take a scientific look at humor, breaking down funny to its basic elements to figure out how best to incorporate more of it into our writing. We’ll look at what makes people laugh and take a closer look at books and other media that works. Come ready to discuss and brainstorm ways to elevate the humor in your work.

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 critique: $25.00
Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, go to https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/the-science-of-writing-humor/


WEBINAR – Storyboarding for Novelists

September 10, 2020, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join Sarah Aronson for an interactive lecture and workshop all about the foundations of story: characters, plot, and scene. She will introduce you to basic storyboarding techniques as well as how she uses them to strengthen logic, uncover new ideas, and reimagine twists, backstory, and emotion. Get ready to dive deep into revision. Bring a pencil and paper. No drawing skills required. Be prepared to embrace the power of play!

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

A limited number of written critiques are available at additional cost for MG/YA manuscripts only. Critique submissions are due on or before Friday, September 11, 2020. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis.

$15 for members; $25 for nonmembers.

For more information and to register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-storyboarding-for-novelists/


WEBINAR: An Agent’s Perspective: Great Craft and Smart Business!

Sept. 11, 2020 5:45pm-7:00pm and Sept. 12, 2020 8:30am-6:00pm Central Time

Linda Camacho, agent with Gallt and Zacker, will give four separate talks. You will find out how to prevent a “saggy” middle and how to write a manuscript that gets and keeps everyone’s attention (craft talks). Also, find out things to know about literary agents and the process from idea to publication of a novel (business talks). You will discover what others are writing and receive feedback on your current project (virtual critique groups-limited spaces).

$50 for Members
$75 for Non-members

Hosted by Dakotas. For more information and to register, visit https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/dakotas-2020-writing-workshop-2/


ONLINE CONFERENCE: 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

Hosted by SCBWI Iowa. For more information and to register, visit https://iowa.scbwi.org/events/non-fiction-day/


WEBINAR: 2019 Newbery Medalist Meg Medina Webinar: Nurturing Your Artistic Voice: You Want to Tell Your Unique Story and You Want It to Be Marketable

September 29, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.-8:15 p.m. Central Time

Author Meg Medina, 2019 Newbery Medalist for her middle-grade book, Merci Suárez Changes Gears, will offer practical tips on setting goals and developing daily practices and exercises to nurture your artistic voice as a writer and/or illustrator and to keep you growing in both the art and business of publishing. Her work examines how cultures intersect, as seen through the eyes of young people. Find out how to access and develop a strong artistic voice. Study the probable rough spots in production (or editorial mores) that threaten innovation.

Registration
SCBWI Members: $20
Non-members: $30

Hosted by SCBWI Southwest Texas. For more information and to register, visit https://swtexas.scbwi.org/2020/05/11/webinar-with-meg-medina/


WEBINAR: A New Perspective: Revision as a Collaborative Experience

Monday, October 19, 2020 @7pm EST

Once we’ve written our story, it can seem like our ideas and messages should be clear to our readers. However, not all readers get from the page what we intend, and it can take iterations of revision to get to the heart of a novel. Writing and editing can feel like a solitary journey, but it takes a village to bring a book to its fullest potential.

But how do we find our village? And how do we parse through the village’s range of thoughts on our work? In this workshop, we’ll discuss methods for shedding new light on your work (from dissecting favorite books to giving and receiving feedback), the importance of sensitivity readers, as well as questions to consider when deciding what to do with feedback you receive. We’ll also conduct exercises to help identify (or rediscover) the heart and focus of your novel.

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

A limited number of written critiques are available.

Non-Members $25.00
Members $15.00
Critique $45.00

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania. For more information and to register, visit https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-a-new-perspective-revision-as-a-collaborative-experience/


ONLINE EVENT: 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 Nonmembers
$40.00 Written Critiques

Hosted by SCBWI Iowa. For more information and to register, visit https://iowa.scbwi.org/events/discover-the-trick-to-finding-an-agent-online-agent-day/


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1 Response to Upcoming Events

  1. Kim Briggs says:

    Adam Lehrhaupt made us laugh with his entertaining monkey book, Do Not Open This Book.

    Bryan Collier demonstrated that hard work and determination pays off and his artwork was nothing short of inspiring. For 7 years, he hit the pavement until one day, someone said YES.

    Debbie Dadey taught us that a ‘no’ means you get back to the keyboard or the canvas and KEEP going.

    Linda Oatman High made us excited to be a writer and/or illustrator. Stories exist in even the smallest picture.

    And that was just Saturday morning!

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