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Hello everyone!

In your surveys, you identified a number of areas of interest. We compiled all of the SCBWI virtual events by your requested topics.

  • Other Regions’ Conferences and Series Conferences (the region offers multiple webinars)
  • Equity and Inclusion
  • Creativity
  • Agenting 101
  • Self Published
  • Characters
  • Non-Fiction
  • Self Editing
  • Picture Books
  • Novels
  • Illustrators
  • EXTRAS

 

Please note that many of the events are coming up soon, so make sure you take time to peruse the selections below to avoid missing out!

Also, please keep an eye out for more opportunities to come offered by our own Kansas Missouri region!

 

General:

Other SCBWI Regions’ virtual Conferences:

Oklahoma Regional Fall Conference: The Power of Story

Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, 2020 

Learn from leading industry professionals in the children’s and young adult publishing business and submit your work to them.

Registration fee for the conference, which will include recordings of all sessions and breakouts for one month, will be $75 for SCBWI members. You must be logged in with SCBWI to receive the member rate. Non-member registration will be $100. All attendees and registrants will have the opportunity to submit to the conference faculty.

A list of submission guidelines to faculty members will be emailed to all registrants the weekend of the conference. Faculty include: Amy Brewer, Senior Literary Agent at Metamorphosis Literary Agency , Frances Gilbert, Editor with Random House Children’s Books , Natascha Morris, Literary Agent with BookEnds Literary Agency, Eileen Savage, Assistant Art Director for G. P. Putnam’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen BooksStephanie Stein, Editor with HarperCollins Children’s Books , and Tammi Sauer, Children’s Book Author. Off-site Faculty include: Heather Cashman, Agent with Storm Literary and Eric Smith, Agent with P.S. Literary.

 

Illinois Interactive 2020

https://illinois.scbwi.org/event-illinois-interactive-2020/3-day-schedule/

3 days: Friday-Sunday, November 13-15

Tentative Schedule (Changes may be made)

Friday, November 13, noon (to 5:00 pm)

Day One you can take at your own pace. Live sessions are reserved for the later afternoon.

12 noon: The website opens for attendees

Keynote 1

Breakout 1: Secondary Characters Get the Spotlight with Sarah Aronson

Breakout 2: Thought Bubbles, Understanding the Basics of Graphic Novel Writing with Kate Hannigan

Breakout 3: Making Story,  Narrative Non-Fiction Picture Books with Barb Rosenstock

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Welcome Video

5:00 to 6:30 (LIVE) 1:1 Zoom conferences for those who have registered for this Extra

7:00 to 8:00 (LIVE) Crystal Kite Gala

DEFYING GRAVITY 

Saturday, November 14, 9:00 am (to 6:00)

ALL SATURDAY SESSIONS LISTED ARE LIVE EVENTS SO DON’T BE LATE.

All Chat Sessions will be recorded and after 24 hours, will be available to all attendees for viewing. Chats will be available for attendee viewing until November 23.

 9:00-9:15 am LIVE KEYNOTE 

 9:30-10:30 Session 1 Chats (See ALL ACCESS page for details)

 11:00-12:00 Session 2 Chats (See ALL ACCESS page for details)

 12:20-1:30 First Pages, First Look, Voice (See ALL ACCESS page for details)

 2:00-3:00 Pitches (See ALL ACCESS page for details)

 3:30-4:30 Diversity Social

 5:00-6:00 PAL Social

 6:30-7:30 Peer Critique Groups (See ALL ACCESS page for details)

MISSION ACCOMPLISHED

Sunday, November 15, 10:00 (to 5:00)

ALL SUNDAY SESSIONS ARE LIVE

10:00-11:00 Illustration Social

11:30 to 1:00 Zoom meetings for those with 1:1 critiques

1:00 to 3:30 10/10 Ask Anything

4:00 to 5:00 Office Hours

 

Series:

2020 Writers’ Day Series: Create your own Adventure

Saturdays, September 12, 26, & October 10th.

SCBWI CenCal Presents: Create Your Own Adventure!

2020 Writers’ Day Online Series: Three Webinars, One Editor, One Agent, Six Spotlight Authors + Author Panel w/ Q & A, Three Writing Contest Categories, Five Breakout Room Social and All for one LOW PRICE!

Adventure Tickets:

$30 SCBWI Members

$50 non-members

Plus, Eight Professionals Offering Paid Critique Opportunities!

Optional critiques, $45 (SCBWI Members ONLY)

Saturday, September 12 (9:30-10:45, 11-12 PST): Webinar 1 Spotlight Authors & Author Q & A, and online socials. Local authors: Angelica Carpenter “The Voice of Liberty,” Sharon Langley “You’ve got a Voice–Use it!,” Claire Noland “Don’t be Afraid to Start Small,” Zeena M. Pliska “The Power of Story,” Shari Swanson “Perseverance 101,” and Erik Talkin “Getting There from Here.”

Saturday, September 26 (9:30 am PST): Webinar 2 Creating Fictional Worlds with Erin Siu, Associate Editor of Square Fish and Feiwel & Friends.

Saturday, October 10 (10 am PST): Webinar 3 Finding the RIGHT Agent: Maximize Your Query’s Potential with Leslie Zampetti.

*View live or watch the recording available for up to 2 weeks

Book your Passage to Adventure beginning August 1, 2020!

 

Equity and Inclusion:

Halli Gomez – The How and Why of Writing Neurodivergent Characters (Note: see further details under Writing/Characters below or click on the link here)

Monday, October 19, 2020    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

 

Creativity:

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

 

The Business of Writing and Illustrating:

 

Agenting 101:

Agent/Editor Day for Picture Books and Picture Book Dummies September 26 (Note: See below under Picture books for more details or click the link.)

 

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 Non-Members
$40.00 Written Critiques

Hosted by Iowa

 

Agent/Editor Day for Novels (MG & YA) and Chapter Books – November 7 (Note: See below under Novels for more details or click the link.)

 

Self-Published Writers

Webinar: Marrying Words and Pictures: What Self-published Writers Need to Know about Hiring and Working with an Illustrator (and Vice Versa)

Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 6 pm- 7:30 pm CST

Designed for both writers considering self-publishing and illustrators looking to take on self-published jobs, this presentation will give an overview of the process and pitfalls of co-creating an illustrated book. Topics covered will include formulating a business plan, finding/choosing an illustrator, setting expectations, pricing and kill fees, rights and contracts, scheduling, project stages, the revision process, and final formatting. Participants will come away with tips for acting professionally, fostering creativity, and negotiating differences. We may also touch on the whens and hows of bringing in related contractors, such as graphic designers, artists reps, and scanning/pre-press services.

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

Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinar live. If you know that you will only be viewing the recording, then please choose the recording-only ticket. 

Optional written critiques following webinar: 

  • Picture book (fiction) manuscript critique, illustrator portfolio review, or picture book dummy critique: $70.00

 

Writing:

Characters:

HOW TO GROW ONIONS:Creating multi-layered characters your readers will love featuring award winning, New York Times best-selling MG authors from North Carolina Shelia Turnage, Frances O’Roark Dowell, and Bobbi Pyron.

Tuesday September 15, 2020 from 7:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

Join three of North Carolina’s award-winning authors of middle-grade fiction as they discuss the crafting multi-layered characters, sharing tips and exercises for creating characters with depth  that jump off the page and into the reader’s heart.

PRICING

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: August 31, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on  Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 10, 2020

The Art of Characterization: How to Create a Winning Protagonist featuring Editor Brian Geffen of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

https://carolinas.scbwi.org/events/brian-geffen-macmillan-childrens-publishing-grouphenry-holt-books-for-young-readers/

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Thursday, September 17, 2020 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EST

Any great story begins, of course, with a great character. The protagonist is integral in so many ways: they are the lens through which we view the world a writer constructs, the source of the emotional stakes that keep a reader invested, and the catalyst that drives the intrigue. But crafting a gripping, flawed, and winning protagonist is no easy feat.

How do you build a great character? How does their past, their back story, inform their present and future, and set the plot in motion? How do you create the layers of personality that make a protagonist feel three-dimensional? How do you ensure the reader will be invested in the character’s arc?

In this presentation, we’ll explore the ins and outs of developing a winning protagonist from the ground up.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration Closes: September 2, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

CENTRAL EAST – Inside the Mind of Your Antagonist with Lorraine Gregory

Please Note: This event is sponsored by the British Isles and all times and dates are in their time zone.

September 17, 2020 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM 

Author of Mold and the Poison Plot, and The Makers of Monsters, Lorraine Gregory will be holding an “Inside the mind of your antagonist” workshop to help people create effective villains and baddies.

We will look at well known villains from children books and analyse what made them work so well – including aspects like motivation, backstory, mirroring, language and plot.

Together, we will then  explore the basic tropes and stereotypes often used for baddies and consider what needs to be avoided and what could be updated.  Finally,  we will examine ways people could improve their own antagonist in their current M.S.

Cost: 5 pounds

Kicking Off with Character-Agent Chelsea Eberly of Greenhouse Literary Agency

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Saturday, September 26 11:00 AM – 1 PM EST

Agents and editors often need to fall in love with a main character in the very first chapter to want to continue reading.

In this session, we will study strategies and techniques for creating a character that will make your first chapter stand out, with practical suggestions, discussion of writing samples, and a Q & A.

Have your first chapter on hand to put these suggestions into practice.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration Closes: September 11, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

Louise Hawes – WRITING BAD GUYS (AND GALS): A VILLAINOUS WORKSHOP

Monday October 12, 2020  7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

“Love your villains.” “Good cannot exist without evil.” “Only the good die young.” Stereotypes snowball. Advice abounds. But what really constitutes a villain? And why are these antagonists so necessary to our fiction?

Whether they’re our main character’s nemesis, our own dark side, a path not taken, or simply the product of natural selection and hideous parenting, your villains need to be credible to your readers and integral to your story. But how do we make that happen?

This workshop is designed for any writer who’s far enough along in a novel, GN, verse novel, or nonfiction draft to have pitted their main character and antagonist against one another at least once. We’ll be doing exercises together, but feel free to bring that encounter scene with you as well!

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: September 27, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Halli Gomez – The How and Why of Writing Neurodivergent Characters

Monday, October 19, 2020    7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Most people have met a neurodivergent individual, and if the person is an acquaintance, a close friend, or a family member, may even know the name of their neurodiversity. But do they truly understand it?

Neurodivergent individuals, for example, those with Tourette Syndrome, Dyslexia, and Autism, are as different from each other as they are from neurotypical individuals. Neurodiversity varies in type, severity, and complexity, and the intricacies of each affects not only the person’s life, but the world around them. Yet neurodiversity is underrepresented in literature, especially children’s literature.

All authors have the ability to entertain, but it is children’s book authors who have the ability to make differences in a person’s s life at a time when they are the most vulnerable.

What child doesn’t want to see themselves represented in the pages of a novel or picture book? What child wouldn’t love to show their peers they are capable of more than what stereotypes claim? Imagine how this knowledge can benefit both the neurodivergent and neurotypical child.

What You’ll Learn

What does neurodiversity mean, including the variations and complexities.

Walk through a day-in-the-life of a neurodivergent individual.

The types of research needed to write in-depth neurodivergent characters accurately and avoid stereotypes and tropes.

Decide if you are the correct one to write neurodivergent characters.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: October 4, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Aram Kim: Creating Memorable Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With (Note: for further information, look under Picture books or click the link)

Thursday, November 5, 2020 7 PM – 9 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

If you are writing or illustrating character-driven picture books, creating a memorable and lovable character readers will fall in love with is vital.

 

Tameka Fryer Brown (Keynote): Writing True North – Crafting Characters from the Heart

Monday, November 9, 2020   7 PM – 8 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Where do the characters we write about come from? Do we choose them, or do they choose us? Does it matter?

In WRITING TRUE NORTH, Tameka Fryer Brown will examine how inspiration, intentionality, and authorial integrity all play a role in developing characters that touch the hearts and minds of young readers in a meaningful and enduring way.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: October 25, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Nonfiction:

The Nonfiction Workshop presented by SCBWI  & The Smithsonian is moving online. New dates: October 23-24th. Stay tuned for registration. 

 

Self Editing:

Whole Novel Revision Retreat with Darcy Pattison

Thursday-Sunday, September 17-20

This online retreat will be September 17-20, with a session Thursday and Friday night, sessions on Saturday during the day, and Sunday morning. Darcy has led these workshops around the country and is widely acclaimed as a revision teacher. Here is what some attendees have said after the workshops with Darcy:

  •  “I feel so empowered – like I have the tools to make my writing the writing of my dreams, the writing I love to read. It is wildly exciting.”
  • “I think I’ll look back on this weekend as a turning point in my growth as a novelist. I wish we could do this every year!”
  • “Coming in, I had the book knowledge about plots, subplots, climax. . . but this workshop put it all into a working perspective. Something I could grab hold of. Exercises forced me to look at things I was avoiding.”

The retreat will be $250 for SCBWI members–an amazing price, because her in-person retreats are usually much more! 

Non-members are $300

You may pay through Paypal online (preferred) or send a check to “Arkansas SCBWI.” Please write to Monica Clark-Robinson @ arkansas-ra@scbwi.org for the address if you need to use the check option. Select “Pay offline” to register first.

The retreat will be capped at 15 attendees. 

The goal of the retreat is that every author will go home with strategies for revising their own particular novel. The retreat is designed for maximum participation and advance preparation is required.

Requirements to attend:

  1. You must have a completed draft of a novel–it can even be a first draft.
  2. You must agree to do pre-conference homework.
  3. You MUST agree to read three other drafts of novels before the retreat. The group sessions are based on the assumption that you have read the other person’s novel.
  4. Other costs of attending: you must purchase and read two books and you’ll need to digitally exchange three copies of your manuscript.
  5. You must internet access with a camera and microphone so you can participate in Zoom video chats.

A workbook accompanies lectures. Brief lectures are followed by time to work on your own novel, then reinforced by group discussions.

We will be offering one diversity scholarship to attend this event. Please contact Monica Clark-Robinson @ arkansas-ra@scbwi.org for more info about the scholarship or to apply. 

Drafts will be submitted no later than August 20th, to give attendees a full month to read.

 

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.

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.

Non-Members $25.00

Members $15.00

Critique $45.00

Hosted by Eastern Pennsylvania

 

 

Picture Books:

New England Region : Agent/Editor Day for Picture Books and Picture Book Dummies

Saturday, September 26, 2020 8:30 am-12:30 pm EST 

For authors and illustrators of picture books, there is nothing better than getting feedback on your manuscript or book dummy. Sometimes it’s all you need to move forward with your work. When you can get it from an industry professional, so much the better!

The structure will be different this year–online rather than in person. Attendees will be assigned to a breakout room in Zoom with an agent or editor for feedback and conversation (in small groups of about 6, not individually, for pro critique as well as peer critique). Each attendee will share their screen with the group, and will have five minutes to present as much of their work as they like and ten minutes to get feedback from the group.

It is strongly suggested that you have a completed work at the time of the workshop.

Following the group critiques will be a brief panel discussion with the attending professionals–to discuss acquisitions, and answer questions.

Registration for this event will open on September 1, 2020.

Agent/Editor Day FAQ

  1.       What is Agent/Editor Day? Agent/Editor Day is an event where participants gather at a round table with an agent or editor to discuss their work along with the work of several other participants. Think about it like a critique group where your main critiquer is an industry professional.
  2.       When is Agent/Editor Day? In Fall 2020, there will be two agent/editor days. September 26 will be focused on Picture Books/Picture Book Dummies and November 7 will be focused on Middle Grade/YA novels and Chapter Books.
  3.       When can I register? For Picture Book Day: you can register on September 1 at 8 a.m. and For Middle Grade/YA Day: you can register on October 13 at 8 a.m.
  4.       How much does it cost? Agent/Editor Day costs $60 and is for SCBWI members only. This fee covers the whole morning of the event, including the critique session, the keynote, and the panel.
  5.       Will Agent/Editor Day sell out? Agent/Editor Day has a history of selling out very quickly. Plan to register on the day and time registration opens.
  6.       Will I be able to pick my own agent/editor? You will be able to select the agent/editor you want to be assigned with. However, some agents/editors’ seats sell out very quickly, so you should be willing to be assigned to any of the faculty.
  7.       Are all faculty acquiring? No. This is not an event during which you should expect to have your work acquired. This event is to get professional critique. You will have the opportunity to submit to faculty, if you have a piece that matches something in their wish list.
  8.       Must I have a complete manuscript? Yes. You should have a complete and polished manuscript if you are considering sharing it with professionals in the industry.
  9.      When will I receive submission guidelines, and how do I submit? Submission guidelines will be sent after the event, and you will have two months to submit to anyone that acquires work in your genre. Each professional will have prescribed guidelines.
  10.      How do I submit my materials for the event? You won’t. Each participant will share their screen with their work to be reviewed on the spot during the event. There is no advanced material or work involved with this event.

 

Writing non-traditional picture books that will be read and reread

Thursday, October 15, 2020    7 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Sponsored by Texas: North Region

Not Every Story Arcs: Writing Nontraditional Picture Books That Will Be Read and Re-Read

with author Liz Garton Scanlon

Picture books don’t always follow the usual structure of a story, Learn how to write a nontraditional picture book from home with this webinar. Liz Garton Scanlon is a picture book and middle grade author whose nontraditional texts include A Sock is a Pocket for Your Toes, Think Big, Dear Substitute, and All the World. She lives in Austin and is on the faculty of the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI, $45 for non-members. 

This webinar will be recorded, but you MUST register BEFORE the webinar to view the recording. Registered attendees will be able to view the recording for 1 month after the webinar date.

 

Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing, A Webinar with Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster, Oct. 17 at 10 am, MT

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.

COST: $25 for members

*Please note, a recording of these webinars will be available for two weeks after the event!

*When you sign up for this webinar, you will automatically receive a link for “Behind the Scenes” and the Picture Book Panel. 

Behind the Scenes: An author and editor discuss the collaborative process of creating a novel, Oct. 16th at 7pm MT

This is Free to SCBWI members and may be of particular interest to translators and Spanish speaking members. Author Alexandra Diaz will discuss, among other topics with Sylvie Frank, how she translates her own work into Spanish with assistance from her mother. Alexandra is also taking a limited number of manuscripts for critique.

*This conversation will be followed by a panel of New Mexico picture book writers discussing their new and upcoming picture books: Illustrator, Melinda Beavers; Author/Illustrator, Jenny Sue Kosteki; Author, Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; and author, Caroline Starr Rose.

 

SCBWI QLD Picture Book Workshop with Meredith Costain

Please note: This is sponsored by Australia East/New Zealand and times and dates are for that time zone.

October 25, 2020 1 pm – 3 pm

Creating Picture Books with Meredith Costain: In this workshop, Meredith will outline the elements of creating text for picture books, from the initial idea to the finished jewel.

There will be opportunities for some brief writing activities within the session as we look at the range and scope of picture books, how to get ideas, language and structure, creating characters, pacing and paging, crafting and drafting.

COST: $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Booking information will be posted here closer to the event.

Bio details:  Meredith Costain is a versatile writer for children whose work ranges from picture books through to series fiction, non-fiction and novelisations of TV shows. Her picture books include CBCA Early Childhood Honour Book Doodledum Dancing, nature series My Life in the Wild, Bed Tails, and Musical Harriet, which was adapted for television by the ABC. She enjoys presenting writing workshops to children and adults around Australia and overseas. www.meredithcostain.com

Please watch this space for more information.

 

V. Kirsch: What I learned about picture books from screenwriting and what I Iearned about screenwriting from picture books

Wednesday, November 4, 2020  7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

As the featured guest this spring on a screenwriting podcast, Vincent discussed several tricks that he learned in his experiences in writing for the screen that really helped his picture books and the other way around.

This workshop will compare and contrast the two disciplines and inspire to search other mediums to make better books for kids.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: October 20, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

Aram Kim: Creating Memorable Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With

Thursday, November 5, 2020 7 PM – 9 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Who’s your favorite character from picture books? Wild but lonely Max from Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak? Sweet and kind-hearted polka-dotted Elephant from Little Elliot series by Mike Curato? A little girl who gets a stomach ache every Saturday from Saturday is Swimming Day by Hyewon Yum? What are the common traits of these irresistible characters?

If you are writing or illustrating character-driven picture books, creating a memorable and lovable character readers will fall in love with is vital.

In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss some of the most beloved picture book characters and create our own! With exercises like making a character bio, developing a background story, and living as your own character, we will explore how to build a three dimensional character who inspires lots of questions from readers.

At the end of the workshop. attendees will leave with a solid tool they can apply to build their present/future characters that will charm the readers.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: October 21, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after October 5, 2020

Revising Your Rhymer Picture Book, with Tim McCanna

Thursday, November 5, 2020   7 pm – 8:30 pm CST

Sponsored by Texas: North region

Strong, sellable rhymers need great rhymes, solid meter, lovable characters, and a memorable story. That’s a lot to juggle! REVISION is essential, but revising a rhymer can be daunting. During this webinar, Tim will discuss techniques for taking your rhyming picture book drafts to the next level. From rewording rhyming stanzas to overhauling endings, we’ll work on getting that rhyming story of yours from so-so to sold.

This webinar will be recorded, but you MUST register BEFORE the webinar to view the recording. Registered attendees will be able to view the recording for 1 month after the webinar date.

The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI, $35 for non-members.

LOGIN INFORMATION for the webinar will be emailed to registered attendees ONE HOUR BEFORE THE WEBINAR on Nov. 5.

Tim McCanna has also offered to do a limited number of written critiques of the first 10 pages of a picture book after the webinar. Critiques cost $35 and are NOT included in the webinar. If you would like a critique, choose that option when you register below.

Critique pages must be submitted during the week between Nov. 11-15. 

 

Picture Book Workshop for Authors & Illustrators with the Ransomes

Monday, November 9, 2020   12:45 PM – 6:30 PM CST (this was listed at a physical location so not sure it is going to still be held)

Sponsored by Texas: Austin

Picture book writers and illustrators, improve your craft with the award-winning author Lesa Cline-Ransome and award-winning author/illustrator James E. Ransome. The couple create books on their own as well as together. Some of their collaborations include the picture books GAME CHANGERS: THE STORY OF VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS, MY STORY, MY DANCE: ROBERT BATTLE’S JOURNEY TO ALVIN AILEY, GERMS: FACT AND FICTION, FRIENDS AND FOES, and BEFORE SHE WAS HARRIET (a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book). These creatives have won numerous acclaim and awards for their work, and are wonderful teachers.

Attendees will have joint sessions with both writers and illustrators learning together, as well as 3-hour intensive workshops during which Lesa will teach the writers and James will teach the illustrators. Lesa’s writer sessions will work for both fiction and non-fiction projects.

Here’s the schedule:

12:45-1 – Registration

1 – 2:30 – Joint session:

A Book, A Page, A World:  The Artistic Journey of Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome

Collaborators in life and work, Lesa and James share their early beginnings as author and illustrator, the creative process from idea to revision and how they navigate the business and art of writing and illustrating books for children.

2:45 – 5:45 – Separate craft sessions:

WRITERS: Writing from the Inside Out:  Putting Yourself in the Story with Lesa Cline-Ransome

Creating authentic characters readers care about is at the heart of the stories we write. Lesa explores how observation, memory, and research can guide voice, point of view and narrative and create engaging stories. Writing prompts and exercises will highlight the importance of word choice, beginning lines and finding your writing voice.

ILLUSTRATORS: Do the Hustle: Making a Living as an Illustrator

James will discuss how to  craft a portfolio for the children’s book market by sharing the ins and outs of expanding  your  images to appeal to a wide range of markets. Discussion will include how to balance your creative time, industry trends and developing your visual voice. Participants should come prepared with a notebook/sketchbook and drawing tools.

6-6:30 – Q&A with Lesa and James

 

Novels:

Megan Shepherd The Work Before the Work: Pre-Planning Your Novel

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

What do you need to consider before even writing the first word? Pre-planning a novel is a powerful process to help you understand the deeper meaning behind the story only you can tell. Devoting a little time up front to organizing your thoughts can lead to a big payoff in terms of more focused first drafts and shorter revising times.

Come to this workshop if you’d like to discuss ways to give your creativity free rein, explore the impact you want your novel to have, and gain an understanding of the key elements you’ll need to begin a solid first draft. Author Megan Shepherd will also walk you through her step-by-step pre-planning process on her latest novel. Q&A included. MG and YA writers (not best suited for picture book writers).

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration Closes: September 7, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 From Start to Finish: How to Write a Novel in a Month-Author Dorothy H. Price

Monday, October 5, 2020  7:30 PM –  8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Writing a novel can be daunting. Especially if it’s your first one. Or, if you’ve started numerous times and never seem to get past chapter five.

If you’re a picture book writer, desiring to shift your normal word count from 500 to 50K is huge. Until you start looking at it from a different lens.

I started and stopped writing novels every November during NANOWRIMO for years. Finally, this past November (2019) I finished my first middle grade!

It’s also one of the contributing factors to how I landed my agent a few months later. Although I followed the NANOWRIMO premise, I tweaked it to ensure my success—something I hadn’t done during previous attempts.

I’d like to share some of those tips and tricks to help you get over the hurdles and on your way to a completed novel in 30 days.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: September 20, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Sheila Turnage (Keynote): The Alchemy & Craft of Fiction

Thursday, October 8, 2020 from 7 PM – 8 PM EST

The Newbery Honor winning novel Three Times Lucky features a small town of endearing, odd-ball characters and two fast-paced mysteries narrated by eleven-year-old Miss Moses LoBeau – possible orphan, goddess of free enterprise, and co-founder of Desperado Detective Agency. But where did Mo and her sidekick, Dale Earnhardt Johnson III, come from? How did they evolve? Why do they feel so real? Author Sheila Turnage takes a look at the alchemy and craft of fiction – the borderline magic of turning bits of real life into something golden, and the tools she uses to polish characters until they shine.

Sheila Turnage is a New York Times Bestselling author, she is best known for her Newbery Honor book Three Times Lucky, and the award-winning Mo & Dale Mysteries series that followed.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: September 23, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

Oh, What a Beautiful . . . Chapter One: Lifting the Curtain on Opening Chapters-Editor Kate Meltzer of Roaring Brook Press

Thursday, October 15, 2020   7 PM – 9 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Whether it’s a heart-pounding thriller or a thrilling love story, every novel starts at the beginning. And no matter what your story’s about, that chapter’s got magic to do!

But what makes a great first chapter? Is it about following tradition, giving your characters the right company, or a combination of all that jazz? There are many different ways to craft an opening, but they all share some integral elements that we’ll explore through the lens of musical theater’s greatest opening numbers.

In this webinar, we’ll take a deep dive together on the components that will help your opening chapter really sing.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: September 30, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Writing Young Voices: Differences Between Middle Grade, YA and Adult Fiction with Young Protagonists-Agent Katie Grimm

Thursday, October 22, 2020  7 PM – 9 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Worried about the right age audience for your novel? In this class we’ll learn what writers of all young voices can improve upon and discuss the differences in voice and character growth using first pages of published novels.

Attendees will be asked to send two pages of their work in advance for potential inclusion in the discussion.

Email your two pages of your work to scbwiccritiques@gmail.com by September 15th.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: October 7, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Agent/Editor Day for Novels (MG/YA) and Chapter Books

Presented by the New England region 

Saturday, November 7, 2020

For authors, there is nothing better than getting feedback on your manuscript. Sometimes it’s all you need to move forward with your work. When you can get it from an industry professional, so much the better!

The structure will be different this year–online rather than in person. Attendees will be assigned to a breakout room in Zoom with an agent or editor for feedback and conversation (in small groups of about 6, not individually, for pro critique as well as peer critique). Each attendee will share their screen with the group, and will have five minutes to present as much of their work as they like and ten minutes to get feedback from the group.

It is strongly suggested that you have a complete and polished project on the day of the workshop.

Following the group critiques will be a brief panel discussion with the attending professionals–to discuss acquisitions, and answer questions.

Registration for this event will open on October 13, 2020.

Agent/Editor Day FAQ

  1.       What is Agent/Editor Day? Agent/Editor Day is an event where participants gather at a round table with an agent or editor to discuss their work along with the work of several other participants. Think about it like a critique group where your main critiquer is an industry professional.
  2.       When is Agent/Editor Day? In Fall 2020, there will be two agent/editor days. September 26 will be focused on Picture Books/Picture Book Dummies and November 7 will be focused on Middle Grade/YA novels and Chapter Books.
  3.       When can I register? For Picture Book Day: you can register on September 1 at 8 a.m. and For Middle Grade/YA Day: you can register on October 13 at 8 a.m.
  4.       How much does it cost? Agent/Editor Day costs $60 and is for SCBWI members only. This fee covers the whole morning of the event, including the critique session, the keynote, and the panel.
  5.       Will Agent/Editor Day sell out? Agent/Editor Day has a history of selling out very quickly. Plan to register on the day and time registration opens.
  6.       Will I be able to pick my own agent/editor? You will be able to select the agent/editor you want to be assigned with. However, some agents/editors’ seats sell out very quickly, so you should be willing to be assigned to any of the faculty.
  7.       Are all faculty acquiring? No. This is not an event during which you should expect to have your work acquired. This event is to get professional critique. You will have the opportunity to submit to faculty, if you have a piece that matches something in their wish list.
  8.       Must I have a complete manuscript? Yes. You should have a complete and polished manuscript if you are considering sharing it with professionals in the industry.
  9.      When will I receive submission guidelines, and how do I submit? Submission guidelines will be sent after the event, and you will have two months to submit to anyone that acquires work in your genre. Each professional will have prescribed guidelines.
  10.      How do I submit my materials for the event? You won’t. Each participant will share their screen with their work to be reviewed on the spot during the event. There is no advanced material or work involved with this event.

 

 

Illustrators:

San Francisco North and East Bay Region presents: Illustrator Series: Nuggets of Inspiration!

August-September 2020

This six-part series will inspire creativity and originality.

Join us for insightful presentations by an amazingly talented line-up of award-winning guest artists from across America!

To sign up for more than one event, click on each presenter link below to access separate registration pages.

 

San Francisco South SCBWI is sponsoring Illustrator Month 2020

September 2020

We are thrilled to announce that we have replaced this year’s Illustrator Day with an all-new customizable format designed especially for the times. Illustrator Month 2020 is craft-focused, inspirational, and accessible to all from the safety and comfort of home. We’ve kept prices low, knowing this is a difficult time for everyone financially as well as emotionally. Read on for more details.

Overview

Week One: Keynote faculty member Chad Beckerman will kick off the month with a presentation about finding your visual voice. Chad will introduce the Workshop Intensive, which includes creating a fan art book cover of a well known MG/YA work of literature, in your own style. We will announce the winners of the Portfolio Show (see submission guidelines and deadlines below.)

Week Two: The Workshop Intensive – Part One. After a review of the Evolution of Book Covers, Chad Beckerman will art direct and critique participating members’ illustrations. (Space is limited to 15, so sign up early!)

Week Three: While participants in the Workshop Intensive work on their final art, we will host Individual Critiques by Chad Beckerman, Julie Downing, and Christy Hale. (Space is limited to 30, so sign up early!)

Week Four: We finish big with two events. 1) The Workshop Intensive – Part Two. We wrap up the Workshop Intensive with art direction and critique of participants’ final art from Chad Beckerman. And 2) A presentation from Oanh Jordan of Tiny Triumph Co. titled “A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books” on building your kidlit brand to attract readers and buyers.

Important Note: Illustrator Month events will NOT be recorded. These are live events on Zoom and you must participate live in the events at the scheduled times to participate.

Key Dates and Deadlines

 August 28: Deadline to submit art for the Portfolio Show and Award Competition

September 5 at 10am -12pm: Illustrator Month Kickoff: Keynote and Workshop Introduction. Finishes with a presentation of our Best-In-Show Portfolio Showcase Award.

September 11: Intensive Workshop Sketches Due

September 12 at 10am – 12:30pm: Intensive Workshop Part One of 2

September 19 between 10 am – 1pm: Individual Consultations

September 25: Final Intensive Workshop Art due

September 26 at 10am – 12pm: Intensive Workshop Part Two of 2

September 26 at 1 pm – 2:30 pm: A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books with Oanh Jordan

 Pricing & Options

 Illustrator Month Keynote Presentation | September 5, 10:00 – 11:30 am, over Zoom

“Finding Your Visual Voice” with Chad Beckerman

Members: $15

Non Members: $30

This 90-minute online presentation featuring Chad Beckerman will reveal how to find your visual voice. Includes an introduction to and instructions for the Workshop Intensive (an optional add-on, see below). Finishes with a presentation of our Best-In-Show Portfolio Showcase Award.

SCBWI members, login before you register to get the discounted member pricing. Non-members, if you’d like to become a member before you register, go here.

Workshop Intensive | September 12 and 26, 10am, over Zoom

Participants: $25

Observers: $10

A two-part workshop. Must be purchased in conjunction with the Keynote, as the Workshop will be introduced and the project assigned at the end of the Keynote presentation. Participants will work on preliminary illustrations during the first week, and submit them before the Workshop Part One where Chad Beckerman will art direct and critique the participants’ illustrations. You will have 2 weeks to use the feedback to create and submit final art. In the final Workshop Part Two, Mr. Beckerman will review, art direct and critique participants’ art. Learn from his comments on your colleagues’ art as well as your own!

Portfolio Show and Award Competition | Award given during Keynote, September 5, 10:00 – 11:30 am

Entry Fee: $5

Submit your portfolio to be viewed and celebrated by our community. The Best-In-Show Award will be announced after the Keynote presentation. The winner will have the opportunity to be our featured illustrator on our website & social media and win a free registration to next year’s Illustration Conference. You are automatically entered into the judging for the showcase contest when you sign up. (If, for whatever reason, you want to be in the show but do not want to make yourself eligible for the award, sign up and then contact Isabella at sfsouth-ic@scbwi.org to request exclusion from judging.)

Portfolio Consultations September 19th

Individual, 15 minute consultation: $65

Receive a one-on-one, individual critique of your work from either Chad Beckerman, Julie Downing, or Christy Hale. (Note: Consultations are for illustrator portfolios only, i.e. the artwork of the illustrator. No text manuscripts will be critiqued during a portfolio review.) Space is limited to 10 spots per faculty member (30 total) so please sign up early to secure your spot, especially if you want your first choice.

 A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books | September 26th at 1:00 – 2:30 pm

This one-hour online presentation, “A Purpose Driven Marketing Approach to Selling Books,” Onah Jordan of Tiny Triumphs Co. will introduce you to the concept of personal branding and how to develop your kidlit brand to attract readers and buyers. In this presentation, you’ll learn the ease and comfort to a purpose driven marketing approach that helps you to identify your purpose, deepen your connection with your readers, and inspire your readers with your stories which are deeply rooted in your why.

Presentation: $10

Twitter Chat with Rubin Pingk, Illustrator

Tuesday, September 22, 2020  7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

 Rubin Pingk is an author and illustrator living the small town life in Clinton, Utah, with his wife, two rowdy boys, a peckish pug, and a scheming cat. He is the author of Samurai Santa and Night of the Living Ninja.

Learn more about Rubin by visiting his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RubinPingk/

His Twitter handle is @RubinPingk

 From Sketchbook to Story- Brandon Reese

Monday, September 28, 2020 7:30 PM-8:30 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

Brandon will share his sketchbook method of character creation and how a simple doodle can be the impetus of a great story. There will be in-class participation! Students will draw in their sketchbooks, followed up by a story brainstorming story session. Finally, a show-and-tell of what they came up with.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: September 13, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

How to Focus your Reader’s Attention- Elizabeth Dulemba

Saturday, October 24, 2020 10 am – 11 am EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

A bright and brash character may have no problem stealing the stage in a novel, but how does she do it in a picture book?

Illustrators have more control over what viewers look at than they realize. How can you, as an illustrator, make sure your reader is looking at the right focal point or the right character first? Color and light are the picture book stage director’s best tools, but there are many others as well.

Come learn the tricks of the trade to direct your viewers’ eye right where you want it to be. While this topic is directed at illustrators, writers may learn some valuable lessons as well.

Pricing

  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

Registration closes: October 9, 2020

Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after September 15, 2020

 

Aram Kim: Creating Memorable Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With (Note: for further information, look under Picture books or click the link)

Thursday, November 5, 2020 7 PM – 9 PM EST

Sponsored by SCBWI Carolinas

If you are writing or illustrating character-driven picture books, creating a memorable and lovable character readers will fall in love with is vital.

 

Picture Book Workshop for Authors & Illustrators with the Ransomes

Monday, November 9, 2020   12:45 PM – 6:30 PM CST (this was listed at a physical location so not sure it is going to still be held)

Sponsored by Texas: Austin

Look under Writing/Picture Books above for more details or just click link.

 

Cool Extras:

The Hawaii region offers links to past recordings of meetings:

Feb 20, 2020 – New York conference recap   

Mirka and Akiko go over the 2020 Winter conference in New York, what the trends are and anything that they learned while attending the conference.

Nov 8, 2019 : Q & A with Katie Davis

SCBWI Hawaii met with Author Illustrator Katie Davis at Dukes Kauai.

Oct 24, 2019 Publisher Talk  

Third part of our series on publishers. In this hui we discussed different publishers and what types of manuscripts they are looking for.

Oct 10, 2019: Publisher Talk

Second part of our series on publishers. In this hui we discussed different publishers and what types of manuscripts they are looking for.

Oct 3, 2019: Publisher Talk

This will be our first part of the series on publishers. We discussed different publishers and what types of manuscripts they are looking for.

September 19, 2019: Hawaii Publishers

During this hui we discussed the Hawaiian publishers, what they are looking for and how to approach them with your manuscript and illustrations.

September 12, 2019 Online Hui:

Shannon Murphy of Read To Me International

Shannon Murphy, Executive Administrator of Read to me International, Hawaii, introduced us to what their organization does to promote literacy and how we can get involved!

September 5th, 2019 Online Hui: Master Studies 

During this Hui we shared how to do a masters study and went through some books together with Mirka Hokkanen.

August 22, 2019 Online Hui: Writing with Humor

During this Hui Debbie will share her ideas on how to write with humor. Laughter is the best medicine when it comes to story telling!

August 15, 2019 Online Hui: Conference Wrap-up

Akiko will present on what she observed while attending the SCBWI 48th annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles.

August 8, 2019 Online Hui: Master Studies ~ Books from Finland

During this Hui Mirka will be sharing some picture books from Finland.

July 25, 2019 Online Hui: How to Write Query Letters

Learn how to write a query letter and get the courage to send it out!

July 18, 2019: Setting Up Dummies

How to set up your dummy for submission and use it to help with story pacing.

July 11, 2019 Online Hui: Story Pacing

During this Hui we discuss pacing in pictures books and how important it is in storytelling.

June 27, 2019 Online Hui: The Give and Take of Critiques

In critique groups you don’t need cheerleaders, you need people who are not invested emotionally to your manuscript and are able to give you an honest opinion. The more you participate, the more you will get out of a critique group and the more you critique, the easier it will become!

 

Western Washington Region has Inside Story – May 2020

A free recording of SCBWI Western Washington and Liberty Bay Books proudly presented 26 local authors and illustrators who fascinated the Zoomisphere with 2-minute, lightning-fast inside stories about their newly-published books.

 You can buy signed and personalized copies of all the books presented online from our local Liberty Bay Books here.

 Check out the lineup of presenters and their books here.

You can watch it at your leisure right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHpaKmWh-Y0

 

Free On-Demand Webinars

Please enjoy these free recordings of past webinars hosted by the MD/DE/WV region of SCBWI, available anytime!

Creating Your Portfolio with Rebecca Evans

Join Rebecca Evans, illustrator of more than 19 books and co-Regional Advisor of the MD/DE/WV Region of SCBWI, to learn how to create a successful illustration portfolio that will help you gain the attention of agents, authors and publishing houses. Discuss what the elements of a winning portfolio are and what pieces are best left at home. Learn about best practices, quantity, artistic voice, content and more!

 Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission with Kathy MacMillan

Fonts and headers and page breaks, oh my! Join Kathy MacMillan, author of 18 books and co-Regional Advisor of the MD/DE/WV Region of SCBWI, for a visual guide to all the nitty-gritty details of how to format your manuscript for submission using Microsoft Word. We’ll go over best practices for submissions, as well as how-tos for creating headers and footers, inserting page numbers, setting font and line spacing, and more.

A Conversation with Picture Book Authors 1

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host a FREE webinar, open to everyone, featuring picture book authors J.H. Diehl, Amy S. Hansen, and Rebecca Evans! This webinar is presented as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia!

 A Conversation with Picture Book Authors 2

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host a FREE webinar, open to everyone, featuring picture books authors Ann McCallum, Karen Leggett Abouraya, and Lezlie Evans! This webinar is presented as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia!

.A Conversation with Middle Grade Authors 1

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host a FREE webinar, open to everyone, featuring middle grade fiction authors Laura Shovan, Leah Henderson, and Barbara Carney-Coston! This webinar is presented as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia!

A Conversation with Middle Grade Authors 2

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host a FREE webinar, open to everyone, featuring middle grade authors R.D Henham and Deborah Kalb! This webinar is presented as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia!

A Conversation with Young Adult Authors

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host a FREE webinar, open to everyone, featuring young adult authors Kathy MacMillan, Linda Budzinski, Meg Eden, Pintip Dunn, and Christina June! This webinar is presented as part of the Read Local Challenge, which gives you the chance to win prizes by reading books by featured authors from Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., and Virginia!