Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-Wisconsin 2021 Spring Studio – PrePAIRing for Success

Date(s) - 05/01/2021
9:00 am - 3:30 pm



Looking forward to our May 1st virtual

Spring Studio – PrePAIRing for Success!



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Join us online May 1, 2021, for a unique opportunity to see how publishing pairs collaborate! In PrePAIRing for Success, we at SCBWI-Wisconsin are bringing together publishing pairs in two separate tracks: Middle Grade/Young Adult writing and Picture Book writing.

Our MG/YA faculty includes author (and associate agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency) Zabé Ellor and Amazon Publishing editor Tiffany Shelton.

Our PB faculty includes Wisconsin author Stef Wade and literary agent at McIntosh & Otis, Inc., Christa Heschke.

Each faculty pair will lead a joint presentation, sharing their dual experiences and/or collaboration, in their specialized track. Plus, they’ll team up again later for a moderated Q&A panel, in which you will have a chance to ask questions.

Each member of faculty will also provide a limited number of manuscript critiques, 15 each, giving us a total of 60 critique slots. These are very likely to sell out quickly, so mark your calendar to sign up early.



Registration is now closed

SCBWI members will have a full week of access to register before this event is open to the public on February 1, 2021. Event cost includes all programming plus access to official recordings for 30 days.

Registration closes at 10 p.m. Central Time on April 16, 2021.

Cost for SCBWI members is $40. Cost for non-members is $55. 

Optional critiques are now SOLD OUT. Written-only critiques were available for $45. This optional add-on must have been purchased at the same time as registration, although sample pages aren’t due until the manuscript deadline of March 31, 2021. Please click here for details on where to send your submission.

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Equity & Inclusion Scholarships Available

Up to ten equity and inclusion scholarships are available thanks to a generous donation by speaker Tiffany Shelton. Please see the Equity & Inclusion link at the top right of this page for details.

The scholarship application period is now closed. It began December 21, 2020, and ended at 10 p.m. Central Time January 24, 2021. Winners were notified by February 1, 2021. 




To our Muslim members, we know this is a holy time for you and wish to respect this important time during our event. As this event is virtual, we will not be hosting meals, but will offer breaks and recordings so that you may view sessions at your convenience.  Ramadan Mubarak.

To our deaf/hard-of-hearing members, if you need a sign language interpreter to enjoy our online programming, please email us at as soon as possible so that we may make arrangements. Thank you.



Please consider purchasing the books written, edited, agented, or recommended by faculty. Here are some of Wisconsin’s most beloved independent bookstores:

Boswell Book Company in Milwaukee

Books & Company in Oconomowoc

A Room of One’s Own in Madison



Cancelation Policy & Troubleshooting

As this is an online event with a recording available for one month after the event to watch at your own pace, we will not issue refunds for either registration or critiques. We also do not give credit toward future events for cancellations.

Please add to your email contact list so that you can receive important event information, such as live and recording links. Kindly check your spam folder or email blocker before contacting SCBWI-Wisconsin for unreceived links.

* Registered recipients will receive their link to the live webinar on or before Friday, April 30, 2021.

*Registered recipients will receive their link to event recordings by Monday, May 3, 2021. Recordings will be available for viewing for 30 days.

If you encounter any problems during your registration process for this event or have any other questions, contact Silvia Acevedo at or Deb Buschman at, and we will be happy to assist you.

All announced faculty have confirmed in writing their planned appearance at this event. Should a faculty member be unable to attend due to unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to engage another industry professional to impart their wisdom. Please note, however, that we cannot issue refunds for faculty cancellations.



Zoom Identity and Safe Space Policy

We will be checking the names of those hoping to gain access to the event against our roster of registrants. Therefore, as you enter the event, please rename yourself to match the name used during registration so that we grant you access.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. Please find SCBWI’s complete Anti-Harassment Statement HERE. SCBWI-Wisconsin reserves to right to remove any registrant it deems disruptive and bar them from attending our future events.

Thank you for your compliance, which helps us all have a successful, safe, and inspiring event!



 Recording and Blogging Policy

We love when attendees and bloggers share their thoughts about their overall experience at an event, offer a personal anecdote, and/or briefly talk about something that resonated with them. But such sharing must be general in nature. It is  important that attendees not give away that which is not theirs to give. By registering, you agree not to record audio, video, and/or transmit the intellectual property of faculty and those in attendance, including but not limited to presentations, individual sessions, and networking events. The  material in handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission from the copyright holder only. It is by respecting the intellectual property of others that all of us in creative fields can learn and grow.


This event is fully booked.