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SCBWI Headquarters’s Digital Workshops


SCBWI is offering members a second series of free digital workshops during the worldwide health crisis. These events are packed with insider info from renowned children’s book creators, editors, agents, and art directors, who share their deep knowledge on the craft and business of writing and illustrating for children. More info below. Please click here to register for SCBWI Headquarters’s digital workshops.


1:00pm-2:00pm Pacific Daylight Time.
Beginning June 4, 2020
If you can’t make the live event, a full recording will be posted on the SCBWI website twenty-four hours after the workshop ends and will remain up for one month. Log in with your SCBWI member password, and participate, learn, and grow.
WORKSHOP #1 – Thursday, June 4th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time
The World Isn’t Flat: World Building for Realistic and Fantasy Stories
Tracey Baptiste, Author
Join author Tracey Baptiste on a deep dive into how to build a three-dimensional world in your story. This five-part lesson will help you think deeply about time, landscape, flora and fauna, characters, and culture. Suggested pre-reading assignments: Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen, Drawn Together by Minh Le, and Weslandia by Paul Fleischman. 
WORKSHOP #2 – Thursday, June 11th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time
Vashti Harrison, Author/Illustrator
Character Building for Writers and Illustrators
Author/illustrator Vashti Harrison dives into the art of visual storytelling in this webinar for both writers and illustrators. She’ll explore the ways writers can create text that works with illustration and guide us in the mind mapping tools and art techniques she uses in her character design process. Includes a short illustration demo. 
WORKSHOP #3 – Thursday, June 18th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time
Writing Our Lives: From the Telling Detail to the Evocative Scene
Beth Kephart, Author
Author Beth Kephart leads us on a journey toward ourselves and the young people we used to be. Her original photographs will help blaze the trail. So will passages from books like Brown Girl Dreaming, Inside Out & Back Again, Enchanted Air, The House on Mango Street, Fat Angie, and This Promise of Change. So will a series of prompts that will lay the foundation for meaningful journal-keeping and authentic youth-focused storytelling—whether those stories be fiction or nonfiction. 
WORKSHOP #4– Thursday, June 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time  
Telling Their Stories: Writing Nonfiction Picture Book Biographies from Beginning to End
Lesa Cline-Ransome, Author
Author Lesa Cline-Ransome guides writers in crafting picture book biographies inspired by curiosity and connection, and informed by research and revision.  
WORKSHOP #5 – Thursday, July 2nd, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time
Submissions Studio: Writing Queries, Strategizing Submissions, and 10 Ways to Translate “No” to “Yes!” 
Deborah Halverson, Editor
A webinar for writers of all children’s book categories – beginners as well as advanced writers – looking to perfect their submission package and strategy. Includes a master handout, sample query letters, and a quick-reference sheet for translating editorial feedback.
Registration opens Monday, June29th, 10am PDT
WORKSHOP #6 – Thursday, July 9th, 1:00pm-2:00pm, Pacific Daylight Time
Straight Through the Heart: How to Make Readers Fall in Love with Your Characters 
Tiff Liao, Editor, Henry Holt
Character motivation is the heart of any story and informs all the other elements of your book:  voice, plot, pacing, world-building, etc. Senior editor Tiff Liao shows 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.
Hope to see you there!