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 – The Art of Pacing and Pagination with Rachel Orr

When: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

What: Pacing and pagination are essential skills in the art of picture-book making, whether you’re an author or illustrator. Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency will show the process of taking a story from manuscript to dummy form, encouraging creators to think about pacing, page turns and possible visuals—and then using the dummy as a tool for further revising the text. She’ll also give some helpful tips in pacing your chapter book, too.

A recording of Rachel’s webinar will be available to registered participants for 30 days following the live event.

Cost: $15 for SCBWI members, $20 for nonmembers, or purchase the entire four-part webinar series “Eight & Under,” which is $50 for members, $65 for nonmembers.

For more information and to register, click here.


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

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.

Cost: $15 for SCBIWI members; $25 for nonmembers; $45 for optional critique.

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


Eastern PA SCBWI Webinar: Learn to Control Your Writing Voice with Darcy Pattison

When: Thursday, November 12, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. EST

What: Join Darcy Pattison for a 90-minute, lively discussion of the elements that create a unique voice, how to adapt your writing voice for each story, and how to gain control of your writing voice.

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. Darcy will be critiquing VOICE ONLY.

Cost: $15 for SCBIWI members; $25 for nonmembers; $45 for optional voice-only critique.

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania. For more information and to register, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/voice-webinar-learn-to-control-your-writing-voice/


And check out these SCBWI Webinars hosted by other regions:

WEBINAR: A New Way to Outline

September 24, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Mountain Standard Time

Cause and effect are what move a story forward. Whether you are a planner or a pantser, thinking about the outcome of a character’s actions is crucial to plotting a great story. The “Inside Outline” is a flexible new tool that allows all types of writers to plan their books. In this webinar, Janet Fox will introduce you to this tool, with examples and take-aways to help you bring your story to the next level.

Janet Fox is a former SCBWI RA and ARA, a former teacher, a MFA in Writing for Children grad of Vermont College of Fine Arts, and the author of eight books for young readers, including The Artifact Hunters (August 2020 from Viking) and Carry Me Home (August 2021 from Simon & Schuster). She is also a certified book coach, and you can read more about her coaching practice at http://www.bigpicturestorycoach.com. Find out more about Janet’s books and check out her blog, which often features craft advice, at http://www.janetsfox.com.

$15 for SCBWI members
$25 for Non-SCBWI members

Hosted by Montana. For more information and to register, go to https://montana.scbwi.org/events/webinar-a-new-way-to-outline-with-author-janet-fox/


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: How to Establish Your Voice – A Workshop with Carter Hasegawa, Candlewick

Tuesday, Sept 29, 2020, 6:00pm ET

Carter Hasegawa, Candlewick, presents How to Establish Your Voice: Using examples from published works, we will look at how authors establish “voice” in varying yet successful ways. This will be hands-on and interactive, so please be prepared to talk. This event is three weeks. The first session is a workshop, then a peer review session, then personal critiques with Carter.

SCBWI members: $35 for the workshop and peer critique session

Non-SCBWI members: $45 for the workshop and peer critique session

$50 for a critique with Carter Hasegawa

Hosted by PA West. For more information and to register, go to https://wpa.scbwi.org/events/use-your-voice-a-workshop-with-carter-hasegawa/


VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: 2020 Houston Virtual Conference: Going the Distance!

October 1-4, 2020 Thursday 6:30-8pm CST, Friday 5:30-8:15pm CST, Saturday & Sunday 10:20-4:15pm CST

This conference is designed to keep you moving forward! We’re Going the Distance and we hope you’ll join us! MOST SESSIONS WILL BE RECORDED!

This year features keynote speakers: K.L. Going & Crystal Allen!

In addition, we have an incredible faculty:
Megan Abbate, Assistant Editor, Roaring Brook Press / Macmillan
Varsha Bajaj, Author
Elizabeth Law, Senior Editor and Backlist Editor
Kevin Lewis, Author, Editor, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Jacqui Lipton, Literary Agent and Attorney, Raven Quill Literary Agency
Pat Zietlow Miller, Author
Ann Whitford Paul, Author
Zeke Peña, Illustrator and Art Director, Cinco Puntos Press
Tanusri Prasanna, Agent, Foundry Literary + Media
Sara Sargent, Senior Executive Editor, Random House Books for Young Readers
Don Tate, Author-Illustrator

We also offer critiques & e-critiques, including our new Extended Critiques (first 25 pages + 20 minute Zoom chat!).

Finally, we’re hosting a Portfolio Showcase, silent auction, online bookstore, and MORE!

Student Members: $65
Members: $75
Non-members: $100

Hosted by Houston. For more information and to register, go to https://houston.scbwi.org/2020-houston-scbwi-virtual-conference/


ONLINE COURSE: 6-Week Online Course: Drafting Your Book Proposal with Kelly Anne White

Asynchronous online course begins Tuesday, October 6, 2020 with a live 1-hour Zoom session with instructor Kelly Ann White. A new lesson and assignment will be posted each Tuesday for 6 weeks, and registrants will have access to the lessons through December 29, 2020.

You’ve finally finished that manuscript (or it’s pretty close to completion), so now what? It’s time to put your book through the submission process! And for that, you’ll need a rock-solid book proposal. Bring your project—in any kidlit genre—for personalized instruction on how to build a book proposal that sticks out from the slush pile. At the end of six weeks, you will have a full-on proposal ready to submit to literary agents and book publishers.

Full course registration with individualized assignment feedback, course forum, and 1-on-1 session with instructor: SCBWI Members: $250; Nonmembers: $450
Audit registration – access to materials only: SCBWI Members $150; Nonmembers: $350

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. For more information and to register, go to https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/6-week-online-course-drafting-your-book-proposal/


Behind-the-Scenes: An author and editor discuss the collaborative process of creating a novel

October 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Mountain Time

Award-winning author Alexandra Diaz and Senior Editor Sylvie Frank share the start-to-finish process of making a novel, from the idea to the bound book—and everything in between. They’ll take a deep dive into the brainstorming, editing, and copyediting process. And for bonus content, Alexandra will discuss the process of translating her own novels from English into Spanish.

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division.

Alexandra Diaz is the author of The Only Road, which was a Pura Belpré Honor Book, an ALA Notable Book, and the recipient of two starred reviews.

This is a FREE EVENT for all!

For more information and to register, go to https://newmexico.scbwi.org/events/behind-the-scenes-an-author-and-editor-discuss-the-collaborative-process-of-creating-a-novel/


WEBINAR: Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing, A Webinar with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster

October 17, 2020 at 10:00 am – 11:15 am Mountain Time

What does pacing really mean? What does it mean for a picture book to be “snappy”? And how does plot function in picture books, anyway? In this hands-on and jam-packed session, we’ll dive into two mentor texts, examining elements that create a well-paced book. Finally, we’ll take a close look at how making a picture book dummy can be an invaluable tool to help you think visually, cut words, and revise the plot in your own work-in-progress.

Sylvie Frank is Senior Editor at Paula Wiseman Books, a boutique imprint of Simon & Schuster’s Children’s Division.

$25.00 Members

$35.00 Nonmembers

Hosted by NM. For more information and to register go to https://newmexico.scbwi.org/events/plot-page-turns-and-pith-all-about-picture-book-pacing-with-sylvie-frank-senior-editor-simon-schuster/


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.

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/


WEBINAR: Book It! Self Promotion 101 Portfolio Webinar and Critique with Illustrator Sheli Petersen

October 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time

Have a natural talent for children’s illustration, but need help attracting the book editor’s attention?
Join us as award-winning illustrator Sheli Petersen covers the basics of putting together a professional portfolio and website. Build your online presence by selecting and organizing your best work for the children’s publishing market. The webinar will focus on best practices for illustrators, but also touch on advice for author-illustrators. Sheli will provide a written critique on each participant’s first-come, first-served portfolio after the webinar and discuss the artist’s particular strengths. You can register for both the critique and the webinar, or the webinar only. Sheli teaches illustration and graphic design at Texas Woman’s University. She has five published picture books and exhibits her illustration at international, national, and regional venues.

SCBWI Member: $20
Non-SCBWI Member: $30
Critique Extra: $20 (limited number)

Hosted by Texas Southwest. For more information and to register, go to https://swtexas.scbwi.org/events/book-it-self-promotion-101-portfolio-webinar-and-critique-with-illustrator-sheli-petersen/


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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