We hope you can join us for these upcoming events!
Please note, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SCBWI is suspending in-person events through the summer of 2021. All events during this time will remain on a virtual platform.
WEBINAR SERIES: Query Grind
3-Webinar Series for MG & YA authors
January 11–March 4–May 20, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. EST
Join us for one, or all three!
Do you have a middle grade or young adult manuscript ready to query? Join us for Query Grind as three industry professionals take a look at how to put the final polish on your work before you submit.
A limited number of query package critiques are available.
(Presentations will be recorded and the recording link provided to all participants registered prior to the event.)
January 11: WRITING THE QUERY LETTER THAT GETS NOTICED with Literary Agent Danielle Chiotti, Upstart Crow Literary
This short class will walk you through all of the most important elements of a query letter and help you craft the perfect pitch to capture the attention of agents and editors. It will walk you through the most important elements of a pitch and show you the four most important questions to answer in your book description.
Danielle will be offering a limited number of query-package critiques for this event.
March 4: TACKLING FIRST PAGES with Literary Agent Samantha Fabien, Laura Dail Literary Agency
In this webinar, Samantha will discuss the intentions and goals for the first pages of manuscripts. I will share tips to achieve those goals across various genres and age-ranges including examples from published books. Attendees will leave the webinar with actionable feedback and more confidence in how to start their manuscript whether it’s for the first sentence or for the first chapter.
Samantha will be offering a limited number of query-package critiques for this event. See ticket information below to register for this opportunity.
May 20: Navigating the Author/Agent Relationship with Literary Agent Reiko Davis, DeFiore & Co. Literary
You’ve written a wonderful manuscript, crafted a query letter that you’ve submitted to agents, and now you’re fielding interest from an agent who wishes to discuss representation with you. What are the next steps? This seminar explores the ins and outs of the relationship between author and agent, beginning with the preliminary conversation you have with one. We will discuss the process of signing with an agent, preparing a project for submission to editors, and beyond. We will cover communication, author/agent agreements, the editorial process, contract negotiation, and the agent’s role once a project is sold to a publisher. This seminar will be a 60-minute presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A with attendees.
Reiko will be offering a limited number of query-package critiques for this event. See ticket information below to register for this opportunity.
Query-Package Critiques with Associate Literary Agent Karly Caserza, Fuse Literary
Karly will be offering query-package critiques only.
Query Package critiques: For MG & YA manuscripts only (at an additional cost)
Have your query package critiqued by three of our faculty–Danielle Chiotti, Samantha Fabien, and Karly Caserza–with time to revise in between submissions. A limited number of single query package critiques will also be available with each webinar.
Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins. Send…
- 1-page query letter, double spaced
- 1-page synopsis, single spaced
- First 20 pages of a manuscript, double spaced
Include all 3 items–query letter, synopsis & manuscript pages–in the same document; please don’t send more than 1 document.
⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.
⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.
Example: Chiotti_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS
⇒Then send your file to Kristen at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).
Deadlines for Query Package submissions for each webinar as follows:
- Query Grind part 1 [Monday, January 11, 2021] submissions due by Friday, January 8.
- Query Grind part 2 [Thursday, March 4, 2021] submissions due by Friday, March 12.
- Query Grind part 3 [Thursday, May 20, 2021] submissions due by Friday, May 21.
For more information and to register, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-series-query-grind/
When: May 10, 2021, 7:00 pm-8:15 pm
What: Picture Book Building Blocks: A Webinar with Agent Paige Terlip
Picture Book Building Blocks is designed to help writers construct stories by introducing tools to create a picture book blueprint, build a strong foundation, and frame their story.
Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction. Across age categories, Paige is drawn to high concept novels with captivating hooks, snarky characters with hearts of gold, creative magic systems, complicated relationships, and found families. She loves well-plotted twists, being a little bit scared, and stories that explore the fluidity of gender and bring the queer experience to light. Regardless of genre, she is seeking inclusive, intersectional voices and gorgeous line-level writing with emotionally compelling narratives. She loves stories that make her feel a range of emotions, even if that means she ugly cries while reading. She wants a narrative that will stick with her long after reading.
Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA since 2017. She comes to agenting with a background in marketing, design, and freelance editorial. She’s worked at Charlesbridge Publishing, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. If she’s not reading, you’ll find her practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, re-watching the Great British Baking Show, or hiking with her Husky-Shepherd mix. For more information go to www.paigeterlip.com.
A limited number of picture book manuscript critique spots are available. Register now, and submit your manuscript for critique by 5/14/2021.
For more information and to register, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-picture-book-building-blocks-with-agent-paige-terlip/.
MEET & GREET: Critique Groups Virtual Meet & Greet
When: Monday, May 17, 7:00pm
Where: In your home via Zoom
Organized by: Heather Stigall (EPA Critique Group Coordinator)
RSVP to: Heather at scbwiepaCGC@gmail.com. She’ll provide you with the zoom link the morning of the event.
Have you ever thought of joining a critique group or leading one of your own?
Do you belong to or lead a critique group already, but want to learn ways to help your critique group be the best it can be?
Did you miss the March “Critique Group” Meet & Greet?
Last March, Heather provided an overview of the benefits of critique groups and shared the nuts and bolts about how to start a new group. She also addressed participant questions and concerns on all things critique groups.
This month Heather will take more of your questions about critique groups!
VIRTUAL WRITE-IN: Butt-in-Chair-a-Thon (April)
When: May 20, 2021 from 8:00-10:30 p.m.
What: Are you stuck? Do you need some inspiration? Dedicated writing time? Well, we’ve got you covered! Whether you need to journal, work on a new manuscript, or revise an old one, we’ve got the time and place for you! We start off with a 10 minute Brain Dump, then two 40 minute sessions. We will also provide writing prompts if needed.
Can’t make it on time? Need to leave early? That’s totally fine! Come for as long as you can!
For more information and to register, go to: https://epa.scbwi.org/events/butt-in-chair-a-thon-may/
MEET & GREET: PAL Virtual Meet & Greet
When: Tuesday, May 27, 2021 at 7:00pm
What: A Meet & Greet for PAL (Published and Listed) members. Join PAL Coordinator Lindsay Bandy for a fun meet and greet filled with opportunities to network, ask questions, and share your ideas about how SCBWI can serve PAL members even better.
Organized by: Lindsay Bandy (Eastern PA SCBWI PAL Coordinator)
RSVP to: Lindsay at email@example.com. She’ll provide you with the zoom link the morning of the event.
When: June 7, 2021 and June 10, 2021, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Join us for one or both!
Writers Who Want to Illustrate – Monday, June 7
Are you a beginning illustrator? Or maybe a writer who has dabbled in drawings or just toyed with the idea of illustrating your own work? Perhaps you’re a beginning writer who would benefit from knowing how to think more like an illustrator? If any of these sound like you, join literary agent Shadra Strickland for a discussion on just what it takes to become an author-illustrator. Not only will it open doors to query a wider range of literary agents, but knowing what it takes to become an illustrator just might help strengthen your writing as well.
Illustrators Who Want to Write – Thursday, June 10
Have you started your publication journey with a focus on illustrating? Have a story that’s blooming in your artwork? Or maybe you’re new to writing and illustrating? Join literary agent Shadra Strickland as she shares experiences from her own journey as illustrator who started to write. Not only will it open doors to query a wider range of literary agents, but understanding story writing just might help strengthen your illustrations as well.
Lecture recordings for both webinars will be available for all participants who register before the event.
**A limited number of picture book critiques are available.**
For more information and to register, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/crossover-webinars-writers-who-want-to-illustrate-and-illustrators-who-want-to-write/