Our workshops can run from a full day, to just a few hours. Some are free to our members, while others will cost about fifty dollars or less. Please continue to check back here for a list of our newest events. If you wish to register, please find our links to the workshops on this page, or on our calendar located on the Nevada SCBWI front page. 

Free Workshop with Naomi Canale

Date(s) – 05/14/2016
10:00 am – 11:00 am

South Valleys Library 
15650 Wedge Pkwy – Reno, Nevada 89511


Creating Characters with a Pulse

This event is free and open to the public

May 14th, 2016 at 10 A.M. Join us at the South Valleys Library (15650 Wedge Pkwy Reno, NV 89511) as Naomi Canale speaks about how characters should be the first blocks we reach for when building a story, and how to create characters that have a heartbeat.

We will also have the First Pages program for this event. If you have the first page of your writing project done, and would like to have it read to the group for feedback, please print and bring it with you. Matt Bayan will collect them at the start of every meeting. For more information, please go click here.


It’s Your Time – Becoming a Writer or Illustrator for Children/Teens

Date(s) – 07/10/2016
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Rancho San Rafael Park
1595 N. Sierra Street – Reno, Nevada 89503

It's Your Time – Becoming a Writer or Illustrator for Children/Teens – 10AM – noonJuly 10, The Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV 89503

Dreams, like plants, need to be nurtured. Have you dreamed of writing or illustrating books for children or teens? SCBWI and May Arboretum Society team up to present this fast paced, fun morning. Explore topics from breaking into publishing, to series or picture book writing and more. Your workshop leaders are Nevada authors and illustrators who made the commitment to hone their craft and learn the business – like you. Bring your questions. The workshop is suitable for adults and older teens.

Celebrate Books for Kids and Teens – Meet the Authors Reception – 1- 3PMJuly 10,  The Ranch House at Rancho San Rafael Park, 1595 N. Sierra St., Reno, NV 89503

Nevada Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and the May Arborteum Society invite you to meet the members of Nevada SCBWI and explore the Arboretum. See why Nevada SCBWI has become known, around the globe, for supporting and producing amazing writers and illustrators. We'll have coffee, snacks, conversation. Members will be selling and signing their books. The public, kids included, and members of NV SCBWI are invited. Time to have some fun.

Location: Ranch House at the May Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Rancho San Rafael Park
Cost: Free of charge, donations accepted.
About the Workshop Presenters: The workshop leaders are published Nevada authors and illustrators who made the commitment to hone their craft and learn this business. 

The workshop is being sponsored by the Nevada Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators** and the May Arboretum Society. **The Nevada SCBWI has become known around the globe for supporting and producing amazing writers and illustrators. 




One Agent at a Time – John Rudolph from Dystel & Goderich

Date(s) – 08/28/2016
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Sperling-Kronberg-Mack Holocaust Resource Center
4794 S. Eastern Avenue, Suite A – Las Vegas, NV 89138


SCBWI NV will host its 3rd One Agent at a Time series with agent John Rudolph from Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. John will present a topic on craft followed with Q&A and intro of his agency. Written crits are available to attendees. Seating is limited to 20 participants. Manuscript for crits will be due no later than July 25, 2019. 

John Rudolph joined Dystel & Goderich in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. He began his career at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as an Editorial Assistant and then moved to the G. P. Putnam’s Sons imprint of the Penguin Young Readers Group, where he eventually served as Executive Editor on a wide range of young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, and picture book titles. He graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Classics and Music. While John’s list started out as mostly children’s books, it has evolved to the point where it is now half adult, half children’s authors —and he’s looking to maintain that balance. On the children’s side, John is keenly interested in middle-grade and young adult fiction and would love to find the next great picture book author/illustrator. For adults, he is actively looking for narrative nonfiction, especially in music, sports, history, popular science, “big think”, performing arts, health, business, memoir, military history, and humor. He is also interested in commercial fiction, but is very selective in what he takes on.

No refunds will be given for non-attendance.