Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Highlights Foundation Works 2019!




Whether you’re a beginner, debuting this year, or enjoying a robust career, we’ve got something to offer you at an upcoming workshop.

Up Your Game!

Crafting Successful Author & Illustrator VisitsCrafting Successful Author & Illustrator Visits
April 28-May 2, 2019
Create and deliver an impressive school visit–with expert faculty by your side.  A hands-on workshop designed to make your school visits a success! Learn more.

Filling the Writer's ToolboxFilling the Writer’s Toolbox: Tools for First Lines, Voice, Character, World Building, and Revision
May 19-24, 2019
Strengthen your manuscript BEFORE submitting with the help of top kidlit editor Emma D. Dryden and her special guests. Learn more.

Anti-heroes and VillainsAnti-heroes and Villains: Crafting Flawed Characters We Love to Hate
June 6-9, 2019
Plot your novel by starting with the antagonist: using backstory and characterization to shape your villain. Learn more.

Calling All Picture Book People!

Crafting a PB DummyCrafting a Picture Book Dummy with Heart and Soul: A Creative Breakthrough
May 30-June 2, 2019
Work with experienced faculty to make your dummy lively, exciting and ready for submission. Learn more.

PB&JPB&J: Picture Books and All That Jazz
June 20-23, 2019
An in-depth deconstruction of what makes a GREAT picture book, and personal feedback on YOURS from faculty and a guest editor.
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Color, Light, Line & TextureColor, Light, Line, and Texture Hands-on Workshop
May 2-5, 2019
Everyone is welcome at this creative retreat: no art experience required!
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Find New Markets for Your Writing

Nuts & Bolts of Science WritingNuts & Bolts of Science Writing
June 9-13, 2019
Tools and insights through hands-on sessions, one-to-one manuscript critiques, ample writing time, and sessions with acquiring editors. Learn more.

Writing First Chapter BooksWriting First Chapter Books & Early Readers
June 17-20, 2019
What’s the difference between picture books, early readers and transitional chapter books? Learn how to write for children who are beginning to read independently. Learn more.

Educational MarketWriting for the Educational Market
June 23-27, 2019
Would you like to have editors actually contacting you and asking you to write for them? Welcome to the educational market! Learn more.


Cultural CompetencyBuilding Cultural Competency in Today’s Children’s Publishing Industry: A Working Symposium
June 14-16, 2019
This course will help you cultivate the tools needed to maintain and grow your cultural competency, an important first step in expanding the diversity of books and readers. Learn more.

Native Creators Summer RetreatNative Creators’ Summer Retreat
June 27-30, 2019
A retreat for Native American book creators writing for and about children, with a focus on mentorship and polishing a manuscript for submission. Learn more.

From the Outside InFrom the Outside in: Writing Outside Your Own Experiences for Books for Children and Teens
June 30-July 2, 2019
Learn meaningful ways to form diverse characters and worlds, avoid harmful stereotypes, and create responsible narratives for children and teens.  Learn more.

Many of these upcoming workshops are still open
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