Upcoming Events

We hope you can join us for these upcoming events!

 

SCBWI Pocono Mountain Retreat 2020

NOTE: Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, we have moved the retreat to an online conference format.

When: April 18, 2020

Where: Online

What: A mix of live and prerecorded presentations with opportunities for peer and faculty critiques. Participants will have access to all sessions for an extended time after the conference date. Our faculty includes Erin Entrada Kelly, Floyd Cooper, agents Wendi Gu and Eric Smith, editors Kathleen Merz and Alex Borbolla, and senior designer Erica De Chavez! The conference will also feature sessions led by our talented Eastern PA members.

Registration is open: https://epa.scbwi.org/events/2020-pocono-mountain-retreat-together-we-can/


 

Picture Book Masterclass 2020

Note: This class is currently full

When: January 4, March 28, and July 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Note: Our second meeting will be rescheduled. Please stay tuned for further information)

Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

What: Eastern PA SCBWI’s Picture Book Masterclass 2020 is a six-month intensive workshop for intermediate to advanced author-illustrators. Attendees will learn how to complete a picture book dummy that includes two final illustrations for the same story.

There are three meetings in 2020, which will be held in Center City Philadelphia at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library. At each meeting, there will be one to three faculty members who will present about developing a picture book dummy and critique the attendees’ assignments. The faculty will include industry professionals including an agent, published author-illustrator, editor, and an art director.


 

SAVE THE DATE: Illustrator Day

When: September 12, 2020

Where: The Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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. Stay tuned for more info!


 

SAVE THE DATE: 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.

Where: The Free Library of Philadelphia, Parkway Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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. Details will be posted in mid-April.


And check out these SCBWI Webinars hosted by other regions:

 

WEBINAR: Matt Forsythe: A Closer Look

April 11, 10 am-Noon Hawaii Time

Hawaii chapter of SCBWI is happy to announce this two hour webinar with Matthew Forsythe. During this presentation, intended for illustrators, Matt will give us a closer look into his process. He will talk about his thumbnailing and design process, and what materials and tools he uses to bring his illustrations to life. He will be sharing progress images of a painting at different stages of completion and discussing what decisions are going into each step of the process. We will have time after the presentation for questions.

Recording will be up for one week after the event for the participants to view.

$25.00 for SCBWI Members
$35.00 for Non-Members
There are 30 spots available.

Hosted by SCBWI Hawaii. For more information and to register, go to https://hawaii.scbwi.org/events/matt-forsythe/


WEBINAR: Building a Kidlit Career (Melanie Conklin, Susan Muaddi Darraj, Linda Sue Park; moderated by Tracy C. Gold)

Monday, April 13, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern

It’s not just about one book – it’s about building a career. Kid lit authors at various stages of their careers discuss how craft, promotion, finances, and more have evolved. And, of course, they’ll talk about how COVID-19 has affected their careers. Join Linda Sue Park, Melanie Conklin, Susan Muaddi Darraj, and Tracy C. Gold for a lively discussion of the nuts and bolts of writing as a career.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15, Nonmembers: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Optional written critique of picture book manuscript or first 10 pages of a Middle Grade or Young Adult fiction manuscript following webinar (SCBWI Members only): $70.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, go to https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-building-a-kidlit-career/


WEBINAR: “Is Your Character In The Driver’s Seat?” with Author Dan Gemeinhart

April 16, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm PST

Satisfying, gripping stories are driven by character choices, good and bad. This workshop will help you make sure protagonist decisions are pushing the plot, and give you tools and techniques to turn up the tension and keep readers turning the pages.

$15.00 for SCBWI Members
$30.00 for Non-Members

Hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest. For more information and to register, go to https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/events/is-your-character-in-the-drivers-seat/


WEBINAR: Dummy Book Development with Mike Malbrough

Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 1:00-2:30 pm Eastern Time

A crash course aimed at helping you turn your idea into a submission-ready book dummy. Author-illustrator Mike Malbrough will cover a wide range of topics including pagination, pacing, the relationship between images and text, and best practices for getting your work seen by agents and editors. This workshop is a must for illustrators with stories to tell and a great tool for writers who want a better understanding of the book development process from a unique perspective.
Mike Malbrough is the author-illustrator of the popular Marigold Series including Marigold Bakes a Cake (Philomel, 2017) and Marigold Finds the Magic Words (Philomel, 2019). He is also the illustrator of the multi-volume Warren & Dragon Series, written by Ariel Bernstein (Viking), and You Made Me a Dad, written by Laurenne Sala (Harper, 2019).
Registration closes on April 17, 2020.

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 critique (Picture book manuscript fiction, Picture book manuscript nonfiction, Early reader/chapter book fiction, Early reader/chapter book nonfiction, Graphic novels, Graphic novel dummy, Picture book dummy, Illustrator portfolio review): $70.00
Submissions will be due to mddewv-ic@scbwi.org by April 25, 2020.

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, go to https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-dummy-book-development-with-mike-malbrough/


WEBINAR: Straight Through the Heart: Creating Characters Readers Will Love

April 18, 2020, 1pm-3pm ET

Join Senior Editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers Tiff Liao for an intensive on character — “With every book I edit, I always start with one big question: what does the character want? Your character motivation is the heart of the story and will inform every element in your book including voice, plot, pacing, and world-building. Over the course of this intensive, I’ll show you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page.”

$45 SCBWI members

Hosted by Westchester, NY. For more information and to register, go here: https://ticketbud.com/events/63724922-52e9-11ea-bdc4-42010a717009


WEBINAR: Adapting for Publication: When Passion and Real Life Collide with Julia Garstecki

April 19th, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Julia Garstecki pictured herself a novelist and spent many years on a middle grade manuscript. Eventually she came to terms that being a wife, mother, and teacher was not conducive to her writing quest. Rather than give up, Julia found other ways to publish, learning valuable lessons from editors and mentors along the way. While she isn’t the novelist she aspired to be (yet), she has managed to publish more than 70 books and never miss a family event. Now she is able to work part-time as she has built her writing business. Her key to success? Adapting for publication.

$15. members; $30. non-members

(Members, login to get the discounted rate)

Hosted by West Central Upstate NY. For more information and to register, go to https://westcentny.scbwi.org/events/web-of-one-webinar-series-april-19th-event/


WEBINAR: How to Create a “Wow” Query Letter with Andrea Cascardi

Tuesday, April 21, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern Time

This session will demystify what makes an agent say “yes” to a query: hook, pitch, comps, and submission etiquette.

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15, Nonmembers: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

SCBWI Members only may choose to add on one of a limited number of query letter critiques from Andrea Cascardi for $25

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, go to: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-how-to-create-a-wow-query-letter-with-andrea-cascardi/


WEBINAR: World-Building 101: How To Scaffold Believable Places For Your Readers

April 23, 2020, 7 pm – 8:30 pm Central Time

Solid world-building not only lends relatability and richness to your story, it makes the unbelievable believable—whether the story is grounded in a real location or in a fantasy world of your own making. How, then, do you go about creating a world that immerses readers and convinces them that this is a world that could really exist? Find out in this webinar with New York Times bestselling fantasy author J.C Cervantes.

J.C. will touch on the many categories to consider, with special focus on setting, magic systems, history, creatures, and myth. And she will discuss how those big-picture world-building pieces and smaller details interact with and often provoke the characters in ways that will keep readers immersed for chapter after chapter of your book.

SCBWI Member: $15.00

Non-Member: $35.00

Hosted by Nebraska. For more information and to register, go to https://nebraska.scbwi.org/events/world-building-101-how-to-scaffold-believable-places-for-your-readers/


WEBINAR: Inking and the Comics Market

April 25, 2020, 10am – 11:30am Alaskan time

Have you always wanted to know more about comics and how to create them?

This 90-minute webinar is perfect for illustrators or writers who want to learn more. Jerry Bennett will talk a bit about his journey, how to ink for comics, show some of his process, and talk about alternative comic markets he has successfully utilized that you might not be aware of yet. Bring your comic book work-in-progress, if you have one, or just come to learn more about the process.

$15 (Members) for the webinar; $35 for illustration reviews (limited number available)

Hosted by SCBWI Alaska. For more information and to register, go to https://alaska.scbwi.org/webinar-inking-and-the-comics-market/


WEBINAR: Break into the Work-for-Hire World: How to Meet the Needs of the Educational Market

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Pacific

2 hour webinar. Some say work-for-hire (WFH) is the publishing world’s best kept secret. If you enjoy researching and writing about new topics, both fiction and nonfiction, consider WFH, especially for the educational market. Participants will learn how to capture the attention of editors at educational publishers with appropriate resumes and samples. They’ll also find out about the ever-evolving variety of WFH projects, ranging from creative nonfiction to interactive media content. Discover how your unique talents can match the needs of educational publishers and identify the skills you’ll need to develop. If you love writing for children (K-12) and have a flair for simple storytelling, then the world of WFH publishing is for you!

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 work for hire package critique: $65 (Limited availability and available to SCBWI members only)

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, go to https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/work-for-hire/


ONLINE CONFERENCE: Big Thaw Retreat Online

May 1 and 2, 9:00-11:45am Alaska Time (10am-12:45pm Pacific Time)

Saturday–Standing Out in a Sea of Slush: “Tips for crafting a dynamite pitch,” followed by “Opening pages that deliver the pitch’s promise,” with Literary Agent, Jennifer Soloway. (2, 1.5-hour presentations with QnA)
Sunday–Illustrator Intensive: Showcase your work-Tips for polishing online portfolios, social media, picture book dummies, and more! (2-hours presentations with QnA)
Both presented by the amazing Literary Agent, Jennifer Soloway, of Andrea Brown Lit Agency, who is accepting submissions from participants.
Critiques are also available from published Alaskan authors and illustrators.

Saturday from $20
Sunday from $20
Both from $35
Critiques/reviews from $40

Hosted by Alaska. For more information and to register, go to: https://alaska.scbwi.org/2020-big-thaw-retreat-online/


ONLINE RETREAT: Be Bold! SCBWI Montana’s Virtual Writing Retreat

May 16, 2020 at 10am EST-3pm EST

Due to the coronavirus situation, SCBWI Montana has moved our face- to- face writing retreat to a virtual event on Zoom. Our guest faculty member is Talia Benamy, associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers). Talia will show us ways to take our writing careers to the next level!

Register for all three sessions or pick one or two that fits your needs best.

All attendees will be able to submit a manuscript to Talia after the event.

For more information about Talia Benamy, visit https://www.penguin.com/publishers/philomel/

Be Bold! Sessions

Saturday, May 16, 2020

10am EST Session 1: Welcome and “Creating Characters” Presentation (1 hour and fifteen minutes, including Q &A)

11:30 am EST Session 2: Perfecting Your Pitch: The Power of An Awesome Query Letter (1 hour and 15 minutes, including Q &A)

1pm EST Session 3: Best Practices for Authors, Q and A session, Closing Remarks (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Cost: $15/ per session for SCBWI members or $25/ per session for non-SCBWI members

Hosted by SCBWI Montana. For more information and to register, go to: https://montana.scbwi.org/events/be-bold-scbwi-montanas-virtual-writing-retreat/

 


WEBINAR: Studying the Publishers’ Marketplace – How to Do it and Why

May 21, 2020 at 7:30-9:00pm Central time

Author, Ann Ingalls, will discuss the nuts and bolts of studying the publisher’s marketplace.
Ann Ingalls is a children’s writer with nearly 50 books in print or forthcoming. Ann sold nearly all of those books on her own, most of them in the last 7 years. It goes without saying that writers need to spend loads of time working at their craft in hope that in time it will sell. By studying the publishers’ marketplace for a short time every day (15-20 minutes), writers begin to see which publishers will be a good fit for their work.

$10 for members
$20 for non-members

Hosted by Dakotas. For more information and to register, go to https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/webinar-ann-ingalls-studying-the-publishers-marketplace/

 


WEBINAR: Landing a Picture Book Deal (and What Happens After?) with 2021 debut illustrator Yuko Jones

May 31st, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

2021 debut illustrator Yuko Jones has a few tricks up her sleeve for landing a picture book illustration job. But once you land that deal, what can you expect throughout the process of collaborating with a publisher? Yuko will take us through how her debut offer came to her, as well as through the pertinent aspects of her illustration process, industry expectations, deadlines, and more!

$15. members; $30. non-members

(Members, login to get the discounted rate)

Hosted by West Central Upstate NY. For more information and to register, go to https://westcentny.scbwi.org/events/web-of-one-webinar-series-may-31st-event/


WEBINAR: Comics: Pacing, Panels, and Pitches

June 6, 2020, 10am – 11am Alaskan time

We all know Graphic Novels are a huge undertaking, but they don’t have to be. In this webinar, we will examine different styles of graphic novels and the mechanics of how a comic page works. Also, we will breakdown the process of creating a graphic novel in to manageable chunks of pitching, scripting, storyboarding, and illustrating. Whether you’re curious about comics or ready to start inking your own graphic novel, this session will offer a great introduction into the genre.

$15 (Members) for the webinar; $35 for illustration reviews (limited number available)

Hosted by SCBWI Alaska. For more information and to register, go to https://alaska.scbwi.org/events/webinar-comics-pacing-panels-and-pitches/


WEBINAR: Surviving Self-Doubt: Seeking Positive Twists & Turns to Help Shape the Direction of Your Writing/Illustrating Career

June 14th, 2020 3:00 – 4:00 pm EST

Self-doubt comes in many shapes and sizes, and can plaque even some of the most seasoned writers/illustrators. And unfortunately, it’s something that can stall one’s publication journey before it even begins. Join Brian Montanaro to discuss ways of finding success and keeping yourself motivated as you follow your dreams of publication.

$15. members; $30. non-members

(Members, login to get the discounted rate)

Hosted by West Central Upstate NY. For more information and to register, go to https://westcentny.scbwi.org/events/web-of-one-webinar-series-june-14/


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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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