Regional virtual events

SCBWI regions offer affordable virtual events featuring industry professionals from all around the globe – and you can attend from the comfort of your own home! Check here often to find a webinar that fits your interests and your budget. Feel like traveling? You can also explore the Regional In-Person Events page or the SCBWI Region pages for upcoming events and programming.

Follow your home region to keep up with the latest local news and activities. Go to your Member Home page, click the My Profile button, then the Edit My Profile button. Scroll down the page and click "Set your SCBWI home region," then click the arrow and choose your home region to add it to your profile.

Regional Virtual Events

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SCBWI Pennsylvania East: Accepting Illustrator Day Scholarship Applications through June 14

June 14, 2024: The Equity and Inclusion Team of Eastern PA SCBWI is committed to lifting the voices of traditionally underrepresented storytellers and artists (including but not limited to people of color, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, Native people, and people from ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities). We are honored to offer a full scholarship for our virtual Illustrator Day event on October 26, 2024, to be awarded to an illustrator who self-identifies as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature. The scholarship includes the full tuition plus the Art Director’s Assignment and one free portfolio or manuscript/dummy critique.

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SCBWI Pennsylvania East: Penn PALs Day

June 15, 2024 (registration closes June 14): Join us for a virtual day especially for PALs. From promo videos to book launch parties, we'll talk all things marketing in the morning. Come back in the afternoon for a deep dive into school visits. Half day and full day tickets available. A variety of marketing and school visit consultations are also available at an additional cost.

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SCBWI San Francisco North/East Bay: Creating Striking Picture Books with Lian Cho

June 15, 2024 (registration closes June 12): Dive into our exclusive workshop where Lian Cho unveils the secrets behind her process of creating picture book PIG TOWN PARTY. Learn how Lian was discovered as an illustrator and gain insights into her artistic evolution, all her wins and hiccups! Get an inside look at the making of PIG TOWN PARTY, from idea creation and storytelling to final artwork and cover design. In this hands-on dynamic workshop session, you’ll sketch thumbnails for covers and have a chance to receive personalized feedback from Lian.

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SCBWI New York Eastern Upstate: Website for Authors Workshop

June 17 & 24th; July 1, 2024 (registration ends July 1): In this dynamic 3 session workshop, we blend handholding with teamwork to tackle one of the most challenging aspects of authorship: presenting yourself online. Crafting a compelling online presence is daunting in multiple ways, and we understand that writing about yourself and your own work can be the toughest hurdle. Through a series of structured exercises and collaborative sessions, you'll embark on a journey with fellow authors to refine your author bio, select the perfect headshot, and curate essential elements for your website. Our approach is both supportive and interactive, offering a blend of personalized guidance and group feedback to ensure you leave with a polished online persona that authentically represents your writing identity. You'll not only conquer the dreaded author bio but also learn how to curate an overall compelling online presence that resonates with your audience.

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SCBWI Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia: A Juneteenth Panel Celebrating Black Joy

June 18, 2024 (registration closes June 17): Juneteenth is a reminder to embrace, celebrate, and share Black joy. For writers, the holiday is a reminder that there is room in the market for more books that showcase Black joy! Brianna Peppins and Kelly J. Baptist will join Lisa A. Crayton in this Juneteenth Panel centering Black joy. Join us as they discuss their creative journey, writing books that bring joy to Black children, pitching projects—and more! This webinar is for ANYONE who is creating books for Black children--fiction or nonfiction. Join us to learn how to maximize joy for your intended audience(s).

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SCBWI Midsouth: From Auditorium to Zoom - School Visits Deconstructed

June 18, 2024: For creators, school visits are one of the greatest ways to engage with our audience, promote our books—and, yes, supplement our incomes. But how does one get started? What makes a good presentation? And what are the secrets to keeping kids entertained? With dozens of books and hundreds of school visits between them, our panel of seasoned writers and illustrators will share their advice and secrets. Register now to join panelists Susan Eaddy, Kristin O'Donnell Tubb, Mary Reaves Uhles and Jessica Young as they take us From Auditorium to Zoom: School Visits Deconstructed.

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SCBWI Ohio Central/South: School Rules - An Introduction to Publishing for the Educational Market

June 23, 2024: Everyone hopes to get their books into schools, but what about creating books for schools? From classroom books to curriculum materials, the educational market is booming with opportunities for writers and illustrators! In this virtual workshop, you’ll learn all about this unique and important market from industry expert Pari Deshpande Cohen.

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SCBWI Canada East: The Nuts and Bolts of Translating KidLit

July 6, 2024: Join Nanette McGuinness, award-winning translator of the much-loved Geronimo Stilton Graphic Novels and many more, as she discusses the nuts & bolts of translating kidlit. The workshop will discuss paths to becoming a children's book translator, pitching translations to publishers, and the art/craft of translating books for young readers. It will appeal to translators and prospective translators as well as authors and author-illustrators who may wonder what goes into translating their works.

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SCBWI MidAtlantic: Transforming True Events Into Picture Books

July 9. 2024: Nancy Churnin will share craft techniques that will show you how to make stories about true events compelling and emotion-filled.

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SCBWI New England: Writing and Submitting "The Story of My Heart"

July 10, 2024: We often hear writers announce "the story of my heart will be a book!" but what does this really mean and how do you turn the story of your heart into a traditionally published book? In this Virtual Shop Talk, author Monica Acker will define the meaning, provide tips on taking that story from personal to publishable, and share experiences from story conception, to rejections, to publication, and what happens when that personal story goes into the world. A recording will be available to registered participants for a month after the event. You must register before the event in order to have access to the video.

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SCBWI Utah/Southern Idaho: Picture Book Pagination

July 12, 2024: Pagination, pacing, page-turns—these are some key elements that can make or break a picture book. In this workshop, you’ll learn the mechanics of picture book pagination. Such as, what’s a signature? And how do those lovely endpapers factor into the page count? Then, we’ll look at pagination from a craft perspective, exploring examples of how careful pagination can keep the reader engaged by building tension, orchestrating surprises, encouraging pauses, and making them want to reread time and again.

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SCBWI Minnesota: How to Pitch Your Graphic Novel

July 16, 2024 (registration closes July 14): Creating a graphic novel pitch package can be intimidating to many authors and illustrators but this workshop will break this mystifying task into a simple checklist. Using examples, we will discuss what to include, what to avoid, and how to best present yourself and your story to convince an agent or editor that you and your project are worth it. We will touch on putting together pitches in general but the main focus will be on graphic novel pitch packages. Through this workshop, you will hopefully get a better idea of how to go from having a great story to getting it published.

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SCBWI Illinois: Spring Recordings By Request

Through August 9, 2024: Enjoy unlimited viewings of the following: Meet the Illustrator: Jacqueline Alcántara; Publishing without an Agent? Yes! with Matt Forrest Eisenwine; The Right Path for Your Picture Book with Michelle Schaub; Author Q&A; Summer Series WEEK 2 Breaking the Rules to Create Humor with Alice McGinty|; and Summer Series WEEK 3 Industry Insider Chat with KT Literary + Scholastic.

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SCBWI Oklahoma/Arkansas: Writing Nonfiction Picture Books - Finding the Focus

August 10, 2024 (registration closes August 9): You have an idea for a nonfiction picture book. You do lots of research. You are ready to begin your first draft. But first -- you need to find the focus of your manuscript. The focus you choose will determine what goes into the text and what can be included in the back matter. Today's nonfiction picture books have a specific focus. In this webinar presented by award-winning author Barbara Lowell you will learn how to find a focus for your manuscript with great examples from the best in nonfiction picture books. You can use these examples as mentor texts. You will also learn about researching your subject and writing creative back matter.

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SCBWI Indiana: Harnessing the Marketing Power of Pinterest

August 17, 2024 (registration closes August 15): In this presentation, Deb Gonzales will unveil the transformative power of Pinterest in book marketing, highlighting its evergreen appeal across genres. Tailored to elevate an author or illustrator's connection with their intended audiences on the platform, participants will discover that Pinterest is the perfect place for all book creators no matter what their stage in the publishing journey may be.

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SCBWI MidAtlantic: Use Character Agency to Make Your Story Satisfying

August 21, 2024: Conflict is a vital component of any good children’s book, from picture books to young adult novels. But which characters actually make the decisions and take action to resolve that conflict? In this workshop, we’ll discuss character agency, why it’s important for your main character to have control over their story, and how a character’s actions and decisions make the story especially satisfying for readers. Join freelance children's book editor Rachael Stein for this riveting webinar on character agency. This event will be recorded, and a replay will be available for 30 days after the live event.

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SCBWI Pennsylvania East: How to Make Young Readers Laugh

August 27 (registration closes August 26): Join us for this webinar with acclaimed author Donna Gephart and Learn techniques and tips to create funny children’s books, from picture books through young adult novels. Discover which types of humor work best for various age groups. Tap into your inner child with lively examples, fun exercises and practical advice that will inspire you to write side-splitting humor for the younger set. A limited number of critiques is also available.

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SCBWI San Francisco South: Golden Gate Day

September 28, 2024 (registration closes September 26): Choose Your Own Adventure” at the 2024 SCBWI SF/South Golden Gate Day, Saturday, September 28, 2024 in San Bruno, CA from 9am - 5pm. We've got stellar presentations from: Caldecott Honor recipient author/illustrator LeUyen Pham; Editorial Director Connie Hsu; Associate Editors Sydnee Monday and Ian Tseng; Art Director Tracy Shaw; Literary agents Ian Lendler, Sally Kim and Jennifer March Soloway. In-person or virtual manuscript critiques, portfolio reviews, and first-look roundtables will be available. Additionally, in-person attendees may register for our first ever *Pitch Clinic,"" an opportunity for a 5-minute consultation with an agent or editor to perfect your pitch! Registration for the in-person option opens June 14 at 10am PST for premium members, August 1 for non-premium. Registration for the virtual option opens August 1.