Upcoming Events

We hope you can join us for these upcoming events!


WEBINAR: Beneath the Surface: Going Deeper with Our Writing with Eric K. Taylor

When: Mondays, January 27, February 10, and February 24, 2020, 8:00 p.m.

What: This webinar series is not to be missed for middle grade and young adult authors.

Part I: Writing Between the Lines: How the unspoken elements of dialogue reveal character, emotion, and voice, and tension, and how this propels your story forward.

Part II: Writing Between the Scenes: How transitional material between scenes develops tension and pulls your story forward.
Part III: Writing Beneath the Skin: Deepening the Emotion in your Story
Join us for one, or all three! Register here.


Bucks County Meet & Greet 

When: Thursday, February 6, 10:00-11:00 a.m. 

Where: Newtown Bookshop, 2835 S. Eagle Rd, Newtown, PA 18940


What: Network with local writers and illustrators and learn about the upcoming Eastern PA SCBWI Pocono Retreat ahead of registration opening on February 10th. The retreat is scheduled for the weekend of April 17th – 19th at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA. In addition, bookstore owner Kathy Morrison will give a short presentation on Valentine’s Day books for children and sales of A.L.A. winners in independent bookstores. For those who’d like to continue the conversation, many restaurant options are available in the shopping center.

RSVP: Virginia Law Manning at SCBWIepaFieldTripCoordinator@gmail.com

Chester/Delaware/Montgomery County Meet & Greet

When: Thursday, February 13, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Aneu, 1556 Lancaster Ave, Paoli, PA 19301

What: Conferences are coming! Are you a conference virgin who wants to find out what writing conferences are all about? Are you a seasoned conference goer who can give newbies some tips? Do you plan to attend your first conference soon and want to find out what to expect? Have you attended a conference before and want to hear about other conferences coming up? This Meet & Greet is for you! Network with local writers and illustrators and learn about the upcoming Eastern PA SCBWI Pocono Retreat (and other area events). Registration for the Pocono Retreat opens on February 10 and the retreat is scheduled for the weekend of April 17–19 at the Highlights Foundation in Honesdale, PA.

Host: Heather Stigall

RSVP: Heather at scbwiepaCGC@gmail.com

Clarks Summit Meet & Greet

When: Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.

Where: The Gathering Place, 304 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18411, 570-575-8352

What: Join us at The Gathering Place on State Street in Clarks Summit on March 21 at 2:00 p.m. for “Coffee and Conversations Concerning the Coming Conferences.” We will have coffee, tea, and light snacks amid some beautiful works of art. Feel free to BYOB as we discuss all things kid lit.

Host: Kate Foley

RSVP: katefoleyauthor@gmail.com

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.

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: SCBWI Pocono Mountain Retreat 2020

When: April 17–19, 2020 —– Registration opens February 1 at 8:00 a.m.

Where: The Highlights Foundation: The Barn at Boyds Mills, 392 Boyds Mills Road, Boyds Mills, PA

What: Network with peers, authors, illustrators, agents, and editors; attend workshops; have your work peer and professionally critiqued; retreat to your cabin to revise and write in this beautiful setting.

Our 2020 faculty includes Erin Entrada Kelly, Floyd Cooper, agents Wendi Gu and Eric Smith, editor Kathleen Merz, and senior designer Erica De Chavez.

More faculty being added, including six sessions with our talented Eastern PA members. (If you would like to answer the call for proposals, click here.)

For more information and to register, click here.

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 other upcoming SCBWI Webinars:



WEBINAR: Nonfiction Webinar with Author Vivian Kirkfield and Editor Courtney Fahy of Little Bee Books



If you have not paid for it, then you can register and watch the recording. The recording will be available until January 30, 2020.

Have you thought about writing a picturebook biography but not quite sure where to begin? How do you pick a theme to focus on, how to cite references? If this is you, join us with Vivian Kirkfield, author of Sweet Dreams, Sarah and Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, to learn best practices for writing nonfiction picture book biographies. Vivian is joined with her editor Courtney Fahy of Little Bee Books. After the presentation, Vivian will also share predetermined answers to some burning questions about nonfiction PB’s that we had for editor Ann Rider of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

The Zoom link will be sent to attendees and there will be access to the recording.

$25 for SCBWI Members, $35 for nonmembers

Hosted by Hawaii. Register here: https://hawaii.scbwi.org/events/nonfiction-webinar-with-author-vivian-kirkfield-and-editor-courtney-fahy-of-little-bee-books/

WEBINAR: Writing the Middle Grade Mystery

February 13, 2020, 7:30-9:00 p.m. Central time

Author, Cynthia Surrisi, will discuss writing mysteries for the middle grade audience.

This workshop is designed for the writer who is interested in crafting a cozy-type mystery for middle grade children. Topics include developing the unique youth sleuth; the traditional cozy setting and cast of characters; back story, clues, red herrings, suspects, and raising stakes in a scary but non-murderous environment. Middle grade mysteries are unique in that they not only ask the question. “Who dunnit?” they explore relationships among friends, and between kids and adults, and they do it with heart, humor and irony.

$10 for Members
$20 for Non-members

Hosted by Dakotas. Register here: https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/webinar-writing-the-middle-grade-mystery/

WEBINAR: MT Anderson — TEXTURE: The Weave of the Narrative Dream

February 16, 3:00-4:00 P.M. (EST)

Prepare for a unique webinar adventure with New York Times Best Selling Author MT Anderson as he discusses how to recognize what’s truly unique in your own work, whether you’re writing picture books, fiction, or nonfiction – and how to use those special qualities to make your manuscript stand out from the crowd.

He also shares ways to cast and weave the interaction of story elements (Character, Setting, Conflict/Solution, Plot) so to capture the essence of what makes a compelling, cohesive story – from start to finish.

SCBWI Members: $15, Nonmembers: $30

Hosted by SCBWI West-Central Upstate New York. Register here: https://westcentny.scbwi.org/events/winter-webinar-9-mt-anderson-texture-the-weave-of-the-narrative-dream/

WEBINAR: Elements of Excellent Nonfiction with Editor Carol Hinz

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 7:00 p.m. Eastern

Using recently published and award-winning nonfiction, from picture books through YA, we’ll delve into hooks, plot, character development, point of view, and voice. Not all nonfiction books have all of these elements, and we’ll talk about why that is as well as how to use these elements in your writing to create manuscripts that readers won’t want to put down!

Webinar registration: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Optional written 10-page nonfiction manuscript critique following webinar: $50.00

Hosted by MD/DE/WV. Register here: https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-elements-of-excellent-nonfiction-with-editor-carol-hinz/

WEBINAR: When Less is More… Cutting the Fluff to Find What You Really Want to Say with New York Times Bestselling Author Pat Zietlow Miller

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Mountain Time

You’ve heard that shorter is better when it comes to picture books. But that’s easier said than done. How do you say everything you need to in such a small space? Learn nine tips to make your manuscript leaner, tighter and more powerful. Examples will show exactly how it’s done. You’ll never even miss the words you lose.

$10 for SCBWI Members, $20 for Non-members

Hosted by SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho. Register here: https://utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org/events/webinar-pat-zietlow-miller-cutfluff-morning-session/

WEBINAR: The Business of Nonfiction with Kate Heit, Editor, Scholastic

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

In this 75 minute session, Scholastic Editor Katie Heit will discuss nonfiction in the children’s marketplace. This talk will cover how publishers approach a growing audience, what’s working in children’s nonfiction, how to select and research your topic, the dos and don’ts of nonfiction, and how to make your manuscript stand out.

This webinar will be recorded and made available for one week after the event for those that registered but could not attend the live event.

$20 members

$65 event plus critique for members (limited number)

$25 nonmembers

Hosted by NV. Register here: https://nevada.scbwi.org/events/nonfiction-picture-books-series/

WEBINAR: Wow Your Art Director with a Beautifully Crafted Portfolio

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020, 10:00 a.m. Hawaii Time

Wow your next art director with a beautifully crafted digital portfolio that showcases the breadth and depth of your talent! This workshop will cover how to craft, edit, and organize your best work in a suitable online platform; creating a cohesive catalog of images that includes more than one style, plus personal and professional work; the dos and don’ts of portfolio basics; and what an art director looks for when viewing potential work.

$25 for members, $30 for nonmembers

Hosted by Hawaii. Register here: https://hawaii.scbwi.org/events/webinar-with-art-director-maria-t-middleton/

WEBINAR: Leaping into Submissions

February 27, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time

What does it take to submit your work to agents? Or should you submit to publishers? There can be so many questions when submitting your work! This submission overview will have information on research to figure out who to submit to. You’ll get tips on deciphering those sometimes tricky submission guidelines. You’ll be shown steps to help lead you to create a strong query letter so you can send your best submission package. We’ll talk about how and why you should keep of track submissions, what to do after submission, and more “small” steps to take as you get ready to Leap Into Submissions!

$15.00 for SCBWI Members
$20.00 for Nonmembers

Hosted by Inland Northwest. Register here: https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/events/webinar-leap-into-submissions/

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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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