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.


WEBINAR: Focus Your New Year Writing Goals: Books That Transcend

Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST

Editor and agent wishlists often include books that surprise them and put a fresh twist on something tried-and-true. But as so many writers know, that’s easier said than done, and the pursuit of doing so can stop creativity in its tracks. In this webinar, we’ll explore the art of crafting a high concept story, discuss exercises you can do to develop this skill, and look at real-life examples of books that transcend trends, tropes, or formulas to dial down on what it really means to be part of the conversation and break out in a crowded market.

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.

CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $45) Submissions are due on or before Friday, January 8, 2021. Send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

⇒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: Castillo_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at epawebco@gmail.com. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

For more information and to register, go to: https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-books-that-transcend/


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 epawebco@gmail.com. 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/

 

And check out SCBWI Webinars hosted by other regions here.


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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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