SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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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Diversity in Picture Books with agent Claire Draper, The Bent Agency

June 23, 2019 at 3:00pm – 4:15pm Pacific Time

$10 Members

$50 Attendance with critique (limited number available)

Hosted by SCBWI NV

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The Art of the Query Letter with Adria Goetz, Literary Manager

May 19, 2019 at 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Pacific Time

Writing a great query letter is an art and a science, and this workshop examines the core elements every strong query letter has, and how to add that extra pizzazz that will capture the attention of an agent or editor. Real examples from the instructor’s inbox, both good and bad, will be shared, as well as a specific formula workshop attendees can plug their information into in order to generate a great query letter.

Bio and additional information are available on the title link.

Critiques are available at $40

$20 Members

$25 NonMembers

Hosted by Nevada SCBWI

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First Looks Webinar with Diane Early, Art Director at Charlesbridge 

Thursday, May 16, 2019, 8:00 PM Eastern

SCBWI Members: $40.00;

Non-members: $60.00

Registration to view webinar only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Optional written portfolio critique following webinar: $50.00

The first look at your postcard illustration can hook an art director or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Diane Early, Art Director at Charlesbridge, gives live feedback on anonymous first looks illustrations. Whether you choose to submit your illustration or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights on how to improve your own art. Diane is also offering a limited number of written-only portfolio critiques following the webinar.

Hosted by MD/DE/WV SCBWI

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Nonfiction 101 with Chris Eboch

Saturday, May 11, 2019 1:00 pm MST
$15 members/$25 non-members
Hosted by Montana SCBWI

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You’ve Got Options! Regional Presses, Wishlists, Dos and Don’ts with Tricia Brown

Wednesday, May 8th, 7 PM, AK Time
Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members

Learn everything you want to know about Alaska and Pacific Northwest regional publishers in Alaska’s May 8th webinar with award-winning author, former editor, and AK SCBWI PAL, Tricia Brown. Tricia will present the different AK and PNW publishers open to unsolicited and unagented manuscripts, editors’ wishlists, and what steps to take and not take. She’ll also address more distant publishers interested in regional and other topics that Alaskans and PNWers often choose to write about.

Hosted by Alaska Region
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Spring Bootcamp For Novel Writers

May 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2019 7pm EST, First Pages season with Holly West: June 5th @ 6:30 and 7:45 EST

Join fellow writers in an intimate, four-week long intensive as accomplished author and teacher Sarah Aronson walks through the complex process of refining a manuscript! This class is designed for writers who have a completed manuscript and are ready to take their writing to the next level. The program culminates with a written critique by Sarah of your first chapter and one-page synopsis, and a one-hour on-line first pages session with editor Holly West (Feiwal & Friends). Limited to 16 participants.

Cost: $140 (4 classes, professional Gold Form Critique, First Pages Session with editor Holly West.)
Hosted by SCBWI Carolinas
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Spring Bootcamp For Picture Book Writers

May 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2019 7pm EST, First Pages Session with Sarah Jane Abbott: June 4th @ 7pm and 8:15 pm EST

Join fellow picture book writers in an intimate, four-week long intensive as accomplished author and teacher Molly Beth Griffin walks through the complex world of picture book writing! This class is designed for writers who have a completed manuscript and are ready to polish and take it to the next level. Students also will receive a written critique of one manuscript by Molly and participate in a one-hour on-line first pages session with editor Sarah Jane Abbott (Beach Lane Books). Limited to 16 participants.

Cost: $140 (4 classes, professional Gold Form Critique, First Pages Session with editor Sarah Jane Abbott.)
Hosted by SCBWI Carolinas
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Using Research To Enhance Your Fiction

April 25, 2019 7:30pm Central Time

Join literary agent Savannah Brooks to learn how fiction writers can delve into the world of research to strengthen the foundation of their manuscript. Looking at award-winning works from both YA and MG, she’ll discuss various strategies for weaving in fascinating layers of information, giving your book a competitive edge for market and maybe even drawing in your own strange obsessions.

Cost: $15
Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas
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Finding Your Forte in Children’s Books, School Visits, and Self-Promotion

April 13, 2019 10am Central Time

The most important thing you bring to the table when creating your books is YOUR DNA! Author/illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores will discuss how to incorporate your unique voice into your website, social media, art and craft. The webinar will include tips on organizing the business end, establishing your brand, connecting with school visits, prep-work folders (bio, invoice, jpgs, etc.), social media, and bringing the truest expression of yourself into your art.

Carolyn is the author and illustrator of 12 books for children including her latest book, The Amazing Watercolor Fish.

Cost: $15 SCBWI members, $35 non-members
Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska
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Break In With Work-For-Hire Webinar

April 13, 2019 9:30am-11am Pacific Time
Christine Peterson, Senior Editor at Capstone will show you how to break into the work-for-hire market.
Cost: $15 SCBWI members, $30 non-members
Hosted by Central Coastal (CenCal) SCBWI
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Beating The Odds: Rhyme and Rythme Editors Will Love

March 28, 2019 7:30pm Central Time

In this webinar led by poet and picture book author, Peggy Archer, we’ll explore some ways to write the rhythm that readers will ‘get.’ Then we’ll take a look at how to write the perfect rhyme that will make editors come knocking at your door.

Cost: $15
Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas
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NONFICTION FOR CHILDREN THAT INSPIRES with Editor Justin Krasner from Odd Dot an imprint of MacMillan.

Date: Tuesday, March 26 Time: 5:30 pm (PST)
Justin Krasner will present how to write non-fiction for children.
Advice on getting noticed by agents and editors will also be discussed.

Justin Krasner, as a child wrote a letter to NASA to be admitted into the space program. Today, he’s an editor at Odd Dot, a new imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group who works on books kids can use as tools to explore, expand, and create their own world. Justin’s projects include board books that help babies learn a new lesson, craft books which teach readers new skills, and definitive and interactive nonfiction that introduces a new concept (or a new take on an old concept). He is looking for new formats, new voices, and new takes on nonfiction favorites (and soon to be favorites) for kids 0-14.

Hosted by NV SCBWI

Cost $10 for members

$20 for Non-members

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How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters with Editor Tiffany Liao

Friday, March 22, 2019 12pm EST

The Heart Wants What It Wants: How to Make Readers Fall in Love With Your Characters! With every book I edit, I always start with one big question: What does the character want? Your character motivation is the heart of the story and will inform every element in your book including voice, plot, pacing, and world-building. I’ll show you how to dig deep into your character to establish a motivation that is compelling, believable, and urgently drives the story forward from page to page. We’ll be doing in-class exercises, but attendees are encouraged to bring the first page of their works-in-progress. Tiffany Liao is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers.             

$15 for members
$39 for non-members
Hosted by Eastern New York SCBWI

 

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Finding The Emotional Heart Of Your Manuscript

March 19, 2019 7pm EST/ 5pm MST

YA author Stacie Ramey will show us how to make our stories come alive and resonate with readers.

Stacie Ramey’s novels include:

The Sister Pact– A YALSA 2016 Popular Paperback, PSLA 2015 Top Forty

The Homecoming -Florida Book Award Winner

The Secrets We Bury-“A sensitive, funny, and sometimes awkwardly romantic story of survival and self-awareness.” – Kirkus

It’s My Life – releases April 2019

Cost: $15 SCBWI members, $35 non-members
Hosted by SCBWI Montana
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From Castles to Condominiums: Building Immersive Worlds in Fiction

February 28, 2019, 7:30 p.m. Central Standard Time
Cost:  $15.00
Region hosting: Dakotas
Join literary agent Laurel Symonds for a craft workshop. Learn the key points to creating believable worlds and how the world influences plot and character. Laurel says, “Detailed world-building is essential to strong fiction—but it’s not just for fantasy and sci fi!” Whether you write picture books or longer fiction works, setting matters.

 

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The 5 Ws of Finding Credible Book Reviews

Saturday, February 26, 2019 6:30 – 7:45 pm Mountain Time
It’s no secret that book reviews can affect purchase decisions, so you need to build the 5 Ws of finding enthusiastic book reviews into your marketing plan. In this webinar we will discuss the many uses for your book reviews, and the benefits and downsides of hiring reviewers vs. sourcing free book reviews.Diane Phelps Budden spent over 30 years in corporate and academic marketing before launching Red Rock Mountain Press and self-publishing Shade; A Story About a Very Smart Raven. With this experience, she wrote and self-published The Author’s Concise Guide to Marketing: How to Jumpstart Sales of Your Self-Published Book for first-time authors needing marketing skills, as well as a non-fiction book about ravens, The Un-Common Raven: One Smart Bird, for middle grade children and all raven lovers. She has presented many workshops about self-publishing at community colleges, libraries, and conferences, and is an instructor in Sedona’s Artist in the Classroom program. You can find more information about Diane on her website at http://www.blueskyauthor.com.
Cost: $10 SCBWI members, $15 non-members
Hosted by Arizona SCBWI
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Picturing Your Next Picture Book, from Proposal through Publication with Chronicle Books Senior Editor Naomi Kirsten 

Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time

 

How do you increase your chances of getting published? It helps to have a strong manuscript, a compelling pitch, and, yes, a window into an editor’s thought process. This content-rich webinar will tackle all three of these considerations and more, guiding attendees through the development of a successful picture book pitch all the way through the development process en route to publication, giving illuminating glimpses into what a children’s book editor is thinking along the way. During this two-hour webinar, Naomi Kirsten will also walk webinar attendees through select picture books that she has developed with authors and illustrators at Chronicle Books.

Questions? Please e-mail Annie Bailey at utahsouthidaho-ara@scbwi.org.

$15 for Members, $30 for Non-members

Hosted by SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho

 

 

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Winter Wonder Webinar #6: Character Development 101 with Kelly Light

Saturday, February 23, 2019  3:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time

Join illustrator/author Kelly Light as she takes us through the ins and outs of character design and development, sharing all she’s learned from working in children’s illustration, animation, and cartoon merchandise.

Kelly is the author/illustrator of the Louise series, including Louise Loves Art and Louise and Andie, the Art of Friendship. Louise Loves Bake Sales and Louise and the Class Pet are the first two readers in Harpercollins’ “I Can Read” program.

Kelly is working on her next book, The Smiley Family Album due out in 2020. She is busy writing, drawing and traveling to beautiful and inspiring places. She believes life is to be lived with your heart, making art and being kind.

Cost: $15 SCBWI members, $30 non-members
Hosted by Western-Central Upstate NY

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Social Media Do’s and Don’ts with Matthew Winner

 

Would you like to find out how to build a positive online presence as a children’s book author and/or illustrator? Are you curious about how other authors and illustrators use social media to their benefit…and detriment? Join Matthew Winner, school librarian, author, and The Children’s Book Podcast host, for a webinar that will give the inside scoop on the do’s and don’ts of social media. Matthew will also be taking on a small number of social media critiques for SCBWI members, to give you direct feedback on your online presence. Hosted by KS-MO SCBWI

Date/Time
February 16, 2019 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Central Standard Time

Cost: 15$ for webinar only

65$ for webinar AND social media critique by Matthew Winner

 

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IN SCBWI Webinar with Author Tara Lazar

February 3, 2019  4:00 – 5:30 pm CST

Cost: $15 members $20 nonmembers

Hosted by Indiana Region

Description:
This exclusive webinar with Tara Lazar will be chock-full of chunky good stuff, and aside from the first few words of this sentence, will not feature rhyme.
 
Tara will talk about how to create the right kind of platform and identity for you as an author. She will balance books on her head to demonstrate the importance of writing new work while promoting new releases. Tara will also impress upon you the benefits of idea generation to ensure you never meet writer’s block and always have a winning concept to flesh out.
What about art notes–yes or no? Tara will settle that pesky debate once and for all, showing you how to effectively “leave room” for the illustrator and create art notes that will be your manuscript’s advantage. Effective art notes signal to agents and editors that you understand (and excel at) the picture book format.

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Picture Book Webinar Series

Back by popular demand, the Inland Northwest Picture Book Webinar Series returns in 2019 for “A Deep Dive into Picture Books.” Our top-notch faculty goes below the surface to give you the information you need to create your 32-page masterpiece!

Date: January 19 & 26, February 2 & 9, 9:00AM Pacific Time

Members: $60 for all four webinars. Optional distance critiques are available for an additional $45.

Hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest Region

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Keepin’ It Real! Researching for Authenticity in Picture Books with E. B. Lewis

Come join us for our January 2019 webinar in which visual story teller E.B. Lewis will share how he uses historical research to ensure authenticity and portray the rich cultural heritage in his fiction and nonfiction picture books. E.B. will also discuss his use of models to “paint without fear” and masterfully capture the expression, gesture, and personality of his characters.

Date: January 26, 2019 at 10 Central Time

$15 for members/$35 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska

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Agent Day: First Impressions

Join us for the WI-SCBWI Winter Webinar Agent Day Event from the comfort of your home computer! This half-day event will focus on first impressions, from an agent with your query to a reader in the book store, opening your novel to its first page. Two agents will speak on the day of, and an author/agent pair will meet you ahead of time in the private, registrant-only Facebook group* to talk about how they met.

Want more access? This year faculty will give private feedback on queries and your first page. Critiques are $30 and include queries and first page or one illustration. Submissions are due December 23. Don’t miss out on the optional critique of YOUR first impression! Spots are limited—sign up now!

For further inquiries about our 2019 Agent Day, email Joanna at winterwebinar [at] gmail [dot] com.

Date: January 20, 2019 – 1: 00 – 4 :30 p.m. Central Time

Cost: $39 members, $69 non members

Hosted by SCBWI Wisconsin

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A Social Media Tune Up: How to Approach Your Time Online Efficiently, Effectively, and Without Stress

Join children’s author and social media guru Greg Pincus for a social media tune up. Greg says, “You can’t do it all in social media, and the good news is that you don’t have to. Instead, you can make a plan to help your career and still leave yourself time to write, illustrate, read, and live.”
 
DATE: January 14, 2019
TIME: 7:30PM Central Standard Time
Fee info: $15.00 for SCBWI members; $25 non-members
Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas
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Finding an Agent: Making a Match with Carrie Pearson

THIS IS EVENT WAS RECORDED -Replay Available until Dec. 31st
Watch the recording any time before the end of of 2018
$15 for members
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Nonfiction Picture Books As Teaching Tools

Thinking about self-publishing an educational book? Want to create a book that can be used as a teaching tool? Not sure how to find or work with an illustrator? Or are you an illustrator interested in doing custom-published books? Join us in a webinar with the team that created I Wonder, a picture book that encourages children to think about the world in which they live. Connect with the authors, award-winning illustrator, and layout artist, find out what served as inspiration for this children’s book, how this team worked together from concept to finished piece, and how they are using this book to connect children to science and the world around them.

Date: December 8, 2018 – Time: 10AM Central Time

$15 for members; $35 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska

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Is Self-Publishing Right for You? Free Webinar with Silvia Acevedo

Join us in your pajamas for this informative afternoon with Silvia Acevedo, author of the God Awful young adult series, and SCBWI-WI’s Indie/Self- Publishing Coordinator as she talks about self- publishing’s pros and cons, the major methods, and how to determine if it’s right for you.

Hosted by Wisconsin SCBWI

December 2, 2018, 3 – 4:30PM Central Time

Cost: Free

 
 
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FIVE KINDS OF NONFICTION: UNDERSTANDING THE CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING MARKET with Melissa Stewart

You’ve probably heard of narrative nonfiction, but did you know that there are four other kinds of nonfiction for children? And studies show that 75 percent of kids enjoy reading them as much as or more than narrative titles. This 1-hour presentation for writers of all levels breaks down the five categories of nonfiction, explains which categories are currently in the greatest demands, and shares information about which agents and publishers are most interested in each kind.

12/01/2018 – 9:45AM – 11:00AM Hawaii Standard Time (HST = GMT -10 hours)

Cost: $15 SCBWI Member; $25 Non-Member

Hosted by SCBWI Hawaii

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An Inside Look at Audiobooks, From Concept to Production

Whether your traditional publisher has an audiobook of your story in the works, or you’re an indie author shepherding your book into audio format, get an inside look at audiobooks by tuning into this webinar featuring two professionals offering perspectives on both sides of the audiobook fence.

Date: November 10, 2018 – Time: 10AM-11:30AM Pacific Time

$10 for members; $25 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI North/Central California

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Art Licensing for Illustrators – How to License Your Art and Product Concepts

Longtime children’s book illustrator Joy Allen will share her 20 years of experience licensing illustrations for ornaments, decor and other uses. Learn about the types of licensing markets, the ins and outs of licensing, the process, and how to get started.

Date: November 6, 2018 – Time: 6PM-8PM Pacific Time

$10 for members; $25 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI North/Central California

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Picture Research with Sue Macy

Images are an essential part of nonfiction for kids and young adults, but finding them can be time-consuming and using them can be expensive. Tune in to this webinar for answers to your burning questions about picture research, along with tried-and-true tips for hunting down images that will elevate your work. Sue will also share some inside advice from Lori Epstein, Photo Director of National Geographic Kids Books.

Date: November 4, 2018 – Time: 3PM EST/2PM Central/1PM Mountain/12 Pacific

$15 for members; $25 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI MD/DE/WV

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Verse Novels 101 with K. A. Holt

The Austin chapter of SCBWI is holding a Verse Novels 101 webinar with K.A. Holt on Oct. 23, 7pm to 8:30pm Central time. K.A. Holt will explore the parameters of this format, discuss what makes them so popular with young readers and gatekeepers, and talk about how to build a story with poetic elements.

Date: October 23, 2018 – Time: 7PM-8:30PM Central Time

$10 for members; $35 for non-members. A limited number of written-only critiques of the first 10 pages of a verse novel are available for an addition $35.

Hosted by SCBWI Texas:Austin

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Ins and Outs Of Self-Publishing For Children

Join award-winning author, publisher, and publishing consultant N. L. Sharp as she shares tips and resources for self-publishing picture books and middle grade novels for readers at the elementary level (ages 6-12).

Date: October 18, 2018 – Time: 7:30PM-9PM Central Time

$15 for members; $35 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska

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Writing Spooky Stories for Middle Grade

Please join the Oklahoma SCBWI Chapter for a “Writing Spooky Stories for Middle Grade” Webinar with Scholastic author Kim Ventrella.

Date: October 13, 2018 – Time: 10AM-11AM Central Time

$15 for members, $30 for non-members. Optional critique $45. See webinar page for more information.

Hosted by SCBWI Oklahoma

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Agent Susan Hawk (Susan’s talk doesn’t have a title yet)

Date: October 11, 2018 – Time: 4:15PM to 5:30PM Pacific Time

$20 Early Bird (8/13-9/1) member pricing, Regular member pricing $25

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Crafting Effective Query and Cover Letters

RED FOX LITERARY agent, Stephanie Fretwell-Hill discusses what are agents looking for? What might cause one to sit up and notice, and what might land you quickly in the “reject” pile? We will look at pitching your story, hooking your reader, selling yourself honestly but effectively, and avoiding red flags and faux pas.

Date: October 10, 2018 – Time: 7:30PM Eastern Time

$15 for members, $25 for non-members. Critiques: SCBWI Members $30.00 Nonmembers: $40.00. See webinar page for more information or contact carolinas@scbwi.org .

Hosted by SCBWI Carolinas

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Honing Your Illustration Style with Agent Melissa Turk From The Artist Network

Are you trying to get a foot-hold in the world of children’s book illustration? Do you have questions about how to develop your style and how to develop a portfolio? Or are you a published illustrator looking to relaunch with a new style? Join agent Melissa Turk on this webinar presentation and live Q&A session. Melissa will focus on how to develop your style and how you can fit into the children’s book publishing landscape. A recording will be available for three weeks after the event.

Date: September 24, 2018  – Time: 12PM-1:30AM Eastern Time

$15 for members; $39 for non-members

Hosted by SCBWI Eastern New York

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

Date: September 8, 2018  – Time: 11:15PM to 12:30PM 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: 7:30PM to 9:00PM Central Time

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

Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas

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The Craft of Writing Historical Fiction with Anna Myers

DATE: Saturday July 22, 2018 at 6PM Central Time

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

Date: July 14, 2018  – Time: 11:15AM to 12:30PM Pacific Time

$25 for members only.

Hosted by SCBWI NV

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Generating Your Next Ideas with Agent Gemma Cooper.

DATE: July 14, 2018 at 11:30AM 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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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 at 3PM Eastern Time

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 7:30PM Central Time 

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 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 Time

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 Time

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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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 Time

Cost: $15

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

Hosted by SCBWI Dakotas

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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 7PM: 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 7:45PM: 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 Central Time: 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 Pacific Time.

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 Eastern Time. 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 – 11am 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 – 8:30PM Central Time

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 4:00PM 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 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  7:30PM 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   7:30-9:00PM 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 7-8:30PM Central Time 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 -8:30PM 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 – 10:00PM Central EUROPEAN Time Hosted by Switzerland Region

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Webinar with Newbery Winner, MG Fantasy Author, Kelly Barnhill

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

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Compelling First Pages

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 7:00PM – 8:30PM Central Time Hosted by North TX Region

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Photoshop for Illustrators

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