SCBWI

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WEBINARS

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SCBWI offers webinars across the regions in the US and abroad. This is a list of the webinars being provided by the various regions.

All webinars are recorded, so that if you registered but didn’t see it live, you can watch it in the recorded form. So, it doesn’t matter if you’re not able to make it to the live event.

Webinars are priced affordably between $10-20 for most events. Please click on the green link of the event’s title for more information and to register.

Click on the event name to be directed to the registration page.

The list is arranged with the dates newest on top.

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Agent Thao Le – Art of Revision; What R&R Means

Date: September 8, 2018  – Time: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

$20 Early Bird member pricing (ends 7/31), $25 member pricing

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Webinar Keys To Successful Magazine Writing

Dakotas SCBWI invites you to attend a magazine writing webinar with Marilyn Kratz, who has published over 300 magazine stories.

Date: August 20, 2018  – Time: 7:30p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Central Time)

$10 for members, $15 for non-members.

Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas

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Agent Gemma Cooper from The Bent Agency: Generating the Next Ideas

Date: July 14, 2018  – Time: 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

$25 for members only.

Hosted by SCBWI NV

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The Craft of Writing Historical Fiction with Anna Myers

DATE: Saturday July 22, 2018 at 6 PM CST

Oklahoma SCBWI invites you to join us for a webinar with Anna Myers on “The Craft of Writing Historical Fiction”. With over fifteen award-winning historical fiction novels, Anna will provide a wealth of knowledge. For more information about Anna go to http://www.annamyersauthor.com/

As an option for attendees, a professional off-site critique will be available for an extra $40. Professional critiques by Jennie Dunham, Literary Agent at Dunham Literary, Inc. and Kelsey Murphy, Associate Editor, Balzer and Bray.

$15 for members, $25 for non-members.

Hosted by Oklahoma SCBWI

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Generating Your Next Ideas with Agent Gemma Cooper.

DATE: July 14, 2018 at 11:30 am Pacific Time

Learn about what the market is looking for and what makes a book high concept.

You can read more about her here at The Bent Agency: http://www.thebentagency.com/gemma-cooper.

$20 for members until May 15. $25 after May 15.

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Meet Agent Patricia Nelson from Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

DATE: June 16, 2018 at 10:30am Pacific Time

Cost: $20 Early; $25 after May 8. Critiques are $40.

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First Pages with Editor Karen Chaplin

(Recording will be available for 1 month after live webinar.) The first page of your manuscript can hook an agent or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Karen Chaplin, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books/HarperTeen, gives live feedback on anonymous first pages from picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Whether you choose to submit your first pages or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights in how to improve your own first pages. Karen is also offering a limited number of 10-page written manuscript critiques following the webinar. (Submission date for critiques will be one week after the webinar to allow participants time to revise using what they have learned.)

DATE: May 20, 2018, 3PM Eastern

Cost: Registration with in-webinar first page critique: SCBWI Members- $40.00; Non-members- $60.00; Registration to view webinar only: SCBWI Members- $15; Non-members- $25; Optional written 10-page manuscript critique following webinar: $50.00

https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/first-pages-webinar-with-editor-karen-chaplin/

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV Region

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Creating Curious: The Story Behind the Series

Short description: Join chapter book series author Tory Christie for a fascinating discussion of series fiction: Creating Curious: The Story Behind the Series. In this webinar Tory Christie will talk about how the Curious McCarthy series was born and published. She will also talk about writing series fiction and marketing the books.

Region that is hosting:  SCBWI Dakotas

Date: May 17, 2018 at 7:30 pm CST 

Cost: Free

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Promoting Your Work through Collaborative Marketing (presented by Veronica Bartles and Kathy MacMillan)

A 90-minute webinar to help you better promote your work, whether you are traditionally published, self-published, or a hybrid author. Many writers and illustrators dread marketing, but promoting your work doesn’t have to be a chore! Sometimes, spreading the word about others’ books is the best way to market your own. Learn how to collaborate with other children’s book creators on events, programs, and initiatives that will raise the profile of your work without turning you into a carnival barker.

DATE: May 10, 2018, 8PM EST, 7PM Central, 6PM Mountain, 5PM PST

Cost: $15 for members; non-members: $25; A limited number of 10-page Synopsis/1st Chapter critiques available from the presenter for $30 each.

https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-promoting-your-work-through-collaborative-marketing/

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV Region

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Promoting Your Work through Collaborative Marketing (presented by Veronica Bartles and Kathy MacMillan)

Are you stuck in the muddy middle? Worried that your novel sags and drags? Or are you just plain lost? Perhaps you need to ramp up your secondary characters and subplots! In this seminar, Sarah Aronson will break down the art of writing compelling secondary storylines, and help you increase the conflict and pace your novel. She will show you how these tools can add dimension and meaning as well as conflict, pace, and turning points to your main plot. Come prepared to do some writing exercises as well as some self-editing. Warning: this process may lead to the death (or creation) of new and exciting characters!

DATE: April 25, 2018, 7PM EST, 6PM Central, 5PM Mountain, 4PM PST

Cost: $15 for members; $25 for non-members

https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/webinar-no-more-subpar-suplots-with-sarah-aronson/

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV Region

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The Heart In Your Art

Join picture book illustrator/author and graphic novelist Matt Faulkner for an illustration webinar. He will address the core issues in developing an illustrative style that catches the eye and captures the heart! He’ll share the illustration process’ which he’s developed for his university level course: designing dynamic characters and environments, developing a sketch process that yields a satisfying underlying structure for potent final art, creating a dummy layout that expresses the written narrative yet adds a vibrant visual that takes the word beyond the expected, and understanding and applying the essential qualities of color.

DATE: April 9, 2018, 7:30PM-9PM Central

Cost: $15

https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/the-heart-in-your-art/

Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas

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The Stories Behind Your Story

Picture book author/illustrator Matt Faulkner will share his more than 30 years of experience in writing books for children. He will focus will on constructing the three core avenues to crafting your story: weaving enticing plots, breathing life into believable characters and developing compelling settings. He’ll also discuss methods for making friends with our “writing muse” and developing methods for constructive self-criticism that nurture rather than condemn and much more.

DATE: April 16, 2018, 7:30PM-9PM Central

Cost: $15

https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/the-stories-behind-your-story/

Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas

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MG/YA First Pages: Embracing Strategic Confusion with Editor Andrew Karre

Join Andrew Karre, executive editor at Dutton Books for Young Readers, as he describes methods for building intrigue in the opening pages of middle grade or young adult manuscripts.

DATE: April 10, 2018, 7PM-8:15PM Central

Cost: $15 for members/$25 for non-members

https://swtexas.scbwi.org/events/webinar-editor-andrew-karre-on-first-pages-for-mg-ya-embracing-strategic-confusion/

Hosted by SCBWI Southwest Texas

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(Un)Stuck In The Middle webinar

Join Lorin Oberweger of Adams Literary Agency to learn how to handle the challenges associated with the middle of your novel. Lorin will help you vet your novel’s premise to make certain it’s sound, develop fully formed characters, and tackle pacing issues to help you understand when to slow the narrative and when to let it fly.

Following the webinar, participants will also receive a special opportunity to submit to Lorin, who is otherwise closed to submissions.

This webinar is sponsored by SCBWI Nebraska. Please click here (https://nebraska.scbwi.org/events/unstuck-in-the-middle-webinar-with-lorin-oberweger/) for more information and to register.

DATE: March 8, 7pm CENTRAL TIME

Cost: $15.00 for members/$35 for non-members

https://nebraska.scbwi.org/events/unstuck-in-the-middle-webinar-with-lorin-oberweger/

Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska
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FREE Upcoming Webinars from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, MD/DE/WV Region.

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host these FREE webinars, open to everyone, 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! Join us as these authors discuss their inspirations and challenges and answer your questions! A recording of each webinar will be available after the event. Please register at the links below to receive access information for the live event or recording.

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV Region

DATES TO REMEMBER:

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 3 PM Eastern – A Conversation with Middle Grade Fiction Authors R.D Henham, Ginjer Clark, and Deborah Kalb. Register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/free-webinar-a-conversation-with-middle-grade-authors-2/

Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM Eastern – A Conversation with Picture Book Authors Ann McCallum, Karen Leggett Abouraya, and Lezlie Evans. Register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/free-webinar-a-conversation-with-picture-book-authors-2/

Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3 PM Eastern – A Conversation with Young Adult Authors Kathy MacMillan, Linda Budzinski, Meg Eden, Pintip Dunn, and Christina June. Register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/free-webinar-a-conversation-with-young-adult-authors/

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10 AM Eastern – A Conversation with Picture Book Authors Sue Fliess and Megan Wagner Lloyd. Register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/free-webinar-a-conversation-with-picture-book-authors-3/

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A Master Class on Plot + 3-Act Structure with YA author and TV writer, Sheryl Scarborough

Attend a master class on the 3-Act Structure. Explore how 3-Act Structure provides a spine for your story while also establishing pace. It’s as useful for first drafting as it is for revisions. Consider the structure of some YA best sellers to clearly see what they did right (or is it did write!)

DATE: February 22, 2018, 7:30PM CST.

Cost: $15.00 for members/$25 for non-members

https://dakotas.scbwi.org/events/a-master-class-on-plot-3-act-structure/

Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas

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FREE Webinars from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, MD/DE/WV Region.

The MD/DE/WV Region is pleased to host these FREE webinars, open to everyone, 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! Join us as these authors discuss their inspirations and challenges and answer your questions! A recording of each webinar will be available after the event. Please register at the links below to receive access information for the live event or recording.

Thursday, January 4 at 7 PM: A Conversation with Middle Grade Fiction Authors Laura Shovan, Leah Henderson, and Barbara Carney-Coston. Register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/free-webinar-a-conversation-with-middle-grade-authors/

Thursday, January 4 at 7:45 PM: A Conversation with Picture Book Authors J.H. Diehl, Amy S. Hansen, and Rebecca Evans. Register at https://mddewv.scbwi.org/events/free-webinar-a-conversation-with-picture-book-authors/

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV

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From Mechanics To Masterpiece

The countdown has OFFICIALLY begun! Only 44 days until our first webinar AGENT DAY event is happening!

Join us for Agent Day 2018 from the comfort of your home computer! This half-day event is geared to foster insight and inspiration regarding your craft and pitch. Registration has already begun for our agent day webinar: From Mechanics To Masterpiece on January 27, 2018!

Electronic critique submissions are due for the 45 optional slots on December 31st for your pitch to be read directly to an agent. A written critique includes the first five pages of a novel, one full picture book manuscript, or five illustrations. Sign up now to make sure you get a spot!

Hosted by SCBWI Wisconsin

DATES TO REMEMBER:

December 31, 2017 – Electronic critique submissions due for the 45 optional slots.

January 13, 2018 – 9:00-11:00am CST: Practice pitch session with editor Ashley Hearn. Need to work out the kinks in your pitch before submitting or not sure you want to pitch directly to an agent yet? Test your pitch with Ashley Hearn of Page Street Publishing, open to all registrants for feedback.

January 20, 2018 – Pitches due for the 45 optional slots.

January 27, 2018 – Agent Day begins at 8:00am-1:30pm.

https://wisconsin.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-wi-agent-day-2018-from-mechanics-to-masterpiece-webinar/

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Picture Book Webinar Series for Writers and Illustrators

This is a series of four webinars held on four consecutive Saturdays: January 20 & 27 February 3 & 10. Recordings will be available after the live event.

Hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest Region

DATE: January 20 and 27, 2018 and February 3 and 10, 2018, 9-10PM PST.

Cost: $60.00 for members for the full series. $75 for non members

https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/events/2018-picture-book-webinar-series/

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Let’s Talk Revision! Featuring Linda Sue Park

In this PAL-level webinar, Linda Sue Park will show you how to take your writing to the next level, using simple but crucial techniques. She will address questions like: How can you identify and eliminate unnecessary words? How does paying attention to nouns help unify a story world? How can easy keyboarding tricks help sharpen your work?

Following her presentation, Sarah Aronson will moderate an interactive question and answer period.

Hosted by SCBWI Illinois

DATE: Monday January 8, 2018, 8PM EST. This is a 90 minute webinar.

Cost: $10 PAL Members only; no non-member registration

https://illinois.scbwi.org/events/scbwi-il-pal-webinar-featuring-linda-sue-park/

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Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How It Works

A nuts and bolts session for writers including standards for traditional publishing (formatting, word counts for categories, conventions, what’s pushy, what’s polite), how the industry works (role of agent vs. editor, publishing houses and what they offer, large house vs. small vs. regional), and how we get paid (advances, royalties).
Hosted by Michigan SCBWI
Date and Time: this is a previously recorded, on-demand webinar. Register and within 24 hours, receive a link to view for three months.
Cost: $15 for members, $20 for not-yet members

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Winter Wonder Webinars from West-Central NY SCBWI.

Everyone knows winter weather in Upstate can really — er — suck. That’s why the West-Central NY leadership has put together Winter Wonder Webinars: a series of three low-cost webinars for which nobody needs to leave home (and the organizers don’t need to cancel at the last minute).

Registration is now open. Just follow the links.
  • Webinar #1 on Sun. Dec 3 is an introduction to on-line contests for those who are not sure how to start participating. Our presenter is Cory Leonardo, one of our members who is a Pitch Wars success story for her forthcoming book, Call Me Alastair. Free to all, members and non-members.
  • Webinar #2 on Sat Jan 20 is for illustrators who are in the early stages of developing their careers, with presenter London Ladd, illustrator of March On, Under The Freedom Tree and Oprah among others. $15 members/$25 non-members.
  • Webinar #3 on Sat Feb 17 is about writing non-fiction with Nancy Castaldo (who needs no introduction to the SCBWI family!) author of Sniffer Dogs, Back From The Brink, and Beastly Brains, among others. $15 members/$25 non-members.

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Set the Mood of Your Illustration with Amal

The mood of illustrations feeds the story told in the book. In this webinar, illustrator Amal will help you find the right mood for your illustrations.

Amal is a freelance illustrator and instructor originally from Baltimore, MD. She is published in traditional and educational children’s books and magazines and her work is in international collections and museums.

Hosted by Houston SCBWI

November 21, 2017 7:00-8:30 Central Time

$10 for members, $35 for non-members

Link to register: https://houston.scbwi.org/events/webinar-set-the-mood-of-your-illustration-with-amal/

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Writing A Diverse World: How and When to Create Believable Characters from Different Backgrounds

— with Robin Stevens, internationally best-selling author

It’s important to fill books with as wide a range of people as exist in the real world. That’s something that the publishing industry at large, as well as each individual author, is becoming more and more aware of. But how should authors go about writing characters who don’t share their background? What is the difference between representation and appropriation? And when should you NOT write a particular character’s story? Robin Stevens, author of The Murder Most Unladylike Mysteries and The Guggenheim Mystery, will discuss all of these topics (and more) in this session. Although she doesn’t claim to have all of the answers, she will aim to de-mystify the process of writing diversely.

Registration limited to 15 attendees to keep the intimate, friendly atmosphere we are so pleased to offer you at all of our Europolitan region events (all attendees have video and audio).

November 14, 2017 at 9:00pm Bruxelles time (sign-in at 8:30pm recommended)
Hosted by SCBWI Belgium, Luxembourg
Cost: SCBWI members: 20€; non-members 35€

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Ruthless Re-Writingwith author Karen Sandler.

$15 members; $25 nonmembers

November 11, 2017 – 11 am Presentation. 12noon Paragraph edit exercise. 12:15-12:30 Q&A.

If you’ve finished your book and it’s time for the re-write but are struggling with how to best edit, this is the webinar for you. What to leave in, what to leave outHow a ruthless re-write can eliminate the extraneous, clarify what’s cloudy, and strengthen your structure.

Registration: https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/ruthless-rewriting-webinar-workshop-with-multi-published-author-karen-sandler/​

In this ruthless 90-minute re-writing workshop, multi-published Author Karen Sandler will start with easy-peasy changes like word repetition and adverb overload, then move on to more critical issues like shaky story structure and characterization problems. You’ll learn how both a sharp eye for detail and the perspective to see the bigger picture will transform your manuscript into a a shining work of stunning perfection.

Want Karen’s feedback on your own work during her presentation? Submit a paragraph of 100 words or less to Karen by October 29th and if your paragraph is chosen, Karen will critique it live during a special section in her presentation! Please note in your email if you want to be anonymous, or proud and loud. To submit a paragraph of 100 words or less, to be considered as one of the ones edited live by Karen during the webinar workshop, send it via email directly to Karen at karen@karensandler.net with “WEBINAR PARAGRAPH” in the subject line BY OCT 30th. (This is free so take advantage, brah!)

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How to Craft Better Dialogue Using the Tips and Tricks of a Playwright

Learn how to write stronger, more believable dialogue in this webinar with Amy Fellner Dominy, an MFA playwright who is also the author of 7 books for kids including novels for teens, tweens and picture books. Through examples and exercises, you’ll discover how to handle dialogue tags and make written conversations come to life. Come prepared with a dialogue scene/sample (for your use–nothing you have to share) and all your questions!

Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska

DATE: November 8, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30p.m. (Central)

Cost: $15 for members; $35 for non-members

https://nebraska.scbwi.org/events/how-to-craft-better-dialogue-using-the-tips-and-tricks-of-a-playwright-webinar/

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The Craft of Nonfiction: Where Does Your Story Come From, and More Importantly, Where Does it Go?

November 5, 2017 4:00 PM CST Hosted by Oklahoma SCBWI

This is a webinar with Erica Zappy Wainer, freelance editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.

Where do the ideas for successful nonfiction stories come from? How do you know when you have something that is less like an idea and more… like a book? Nonfiction stories come from all sorts of places, and just like stories of fiction, they need to tell a story, feature memorable characters, and keep readers turning the page. How do you get there? Together we’ll talk about ideas, competition, research, audience, and all of the other factors, big and small, that can help you develop an exciting nonfiction pitch, proposal, or manuscript.

Please join this exciting webinar with Erica for a deep dive into creating nonfiction. Register here: https://oklahoma.scbwi.org/events/3961/

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How To Build A Picture Book Dummy & Ruthlessly Revise with Author-Illustrator Arree Chung

October 28, 2017 6-7pm Pacific Daylight Time Hosted by Nevada SCBWI and in partnership with Storeteller Academy

Do you know where a picture book story really comes together? In a dummy. The best picture books blend words and pictures effortlessly to tell the story. In this workshop, you will learn how to build a picture book dummy. Arree will show his creative process in making dummies and reveal how to ruthlessly revise your dummy until you’ve found your story.

$15 members/ $25 nonmembers

https://nevada.scbwi.org/events/webinar-power-through-making-picture-book-dummies/

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Developing Good Interiority

SOLD OUT

10/25/17 20:00pm GMT/ 21:00pm CET, Hosted by SCBWI Ireland

This craft-focused webinar is suitable for writers of fiction for any age. In it, you’ll find out how to recognise unsuccessful interiority and learn the tools of great interiority that will help to transform your writing. Editor and author Catherine Coe will provide tips and tricks, lots of specific examples, and there’ll be an in-webinar exercise to give you the opportunity to try it out and share the results.

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Take Your Picture Book Manuscript to the Next Level

Webinar with the amazing picture book author and VCFA faculty member Liz Garton Scanlon. Hosted by Houston SCBWI

October 24, 20177-8:30 Central time and $10 for SCBWI members, $35 for non-members.

The details are here: https://austin.scbwi.org/events/webinar-taking-your-picture-book-manuscripts-to-the-next-level-with-liz-garton-scanlon/

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The Illustrator’s Experience: Webinar with Giuseppe Castellano

10/14/17  7:30 PM CST –   Hosted by Oklahoma SCBWI

Giuseppe Castellano is an Executive Art Director at Penguin Random House; overseeing the art and design for seven imprints including Penguin Workshop, Mad Libs, Frederick Warne and Co., Penguin Young Readers, Cartoon Network Books, and Penguin Young Readers Licenses.

The 30 participation slots, announced in June, have been filled.

Registrations for “view-only” $10 for members, $25 for non-members.

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Professionally Personal: How to Compel Agents in One Page or Less

10/10/17   7:30-9:00 PM Eastern time, Hosted by MD/DE/WV SCBWI

 Agent Hannah Mann of Writers House discusses what to stress for success when it comes to querying agents, including how to stay brief and be heard without coming off as generic, how to strike a balance between broad appeal and agent-specific, and choosing the perfect comp titles.

Cost: SCBWI Members: $15 for webinar only; $30 for webinar + query letter critique; Non-members: $25 for webinar

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My Journey to Diversity with Vanessa Brantley Newton

09/26/17 7-8:30 p.m. CST Hosted by: North Texas 

Vanessa Brantley Newton shares her journey to becoming an advocate and illustrator of diverse characters in children’s books.
Cost: $10 for SCBWI members, $35 for non-members

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Ready? Set? Submit?

​09/19/17 7:00 -8:30 pm Eastern Time Hosted by Carolinas SCBWI

Gain a deeper understanding of what agents and editors are looking for with founder and publisher of Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books Stacy Whitman’s Wait! What? A Synopsis? 

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Queries and Pitches

09/13/17 7:00 -8:30 pm Eastern Time Hosted by Carolinas SCBWI

Answer your questions about queries and pitches with Empire Literary Agent Carrie Howland’s Beyond the Query: Finding an Agent Through Conventional and Not-so-Conventional Methods. 

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Place in Fiction with Anindita Basu-Sempere

09/12/17 9:00pm – 10:00 pm Central EUROPEAN Time Hosted by Switzerland Region

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Webinar with Newbery Winner, MG Fantasy Author, Kelly Barnhill

09/09/2017 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Central Time Hosted by SW Texas Region

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Compelling First Pages

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Explore the characteristics of a compelling first page with Feiwel & Friends Editor Kat Brzozowski’s The Most Expensive Real Estate in Your Novel.

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Ten Steps to An Effective Book Launch with Martina Boone

08/29/2017 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Central Time Hosted by North TX Region

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Photoshop for Illustrators

08/29/2017 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific Time Hosted by CA North/Central Region