January 21, 2021, 7:30 p.m. CST
Webinar Description – Want to learn from the best on how to create engaging, memorable characters? Join us as Caldecott Honoree and Sibert and Belpré Medalist award-winning author-illustrator Juana Martinez-Neal shares how she infuses cultural heritage and research as well as keen observation of human nature to achieve stellar character development, expression, and interaction.
Webinar Fees – $15 for SCBWI Members
Hosted by SCBWI Nebraska
January 23 and 30 from 11 AM – 2 PM CST
Our Picture Book Webinar Series is back! SCBWI Inland Northwest has gathered an amazing group of Picture Book creators. Each will lead a webinar for writers and illustrators that also write. On January 23--1st Session: FINDING YOUR WAY INTO A STORY with Rob Sanders. 2nd Session: CREATING A STRONG MAIN CHARACTER with Kat Zhang. On January 30--3rd Session: WHITTLING DOWN YOUR WORDS with Carole Lindstrom. 4th Session: DRAWING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES with Ashley Spires.
Webinar Fees – SCBWI Members: $45.00 for all 4 webinars (Nonmembers : $75.00).
Hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest
Tuesday, January 26, 7-9pm CST
Webinar Description – Learn about the different publishing options; publishing terms such as query letter, manuscript, book proposal, exclusive submissions, simultaneous submissions, advances, and royalties; what a literary agent does; things to consider if choosing a hybrid publisher; the pros and cons of print-on-demand publishing; and two self-publishing companies that offer print-on-demand publishing. By the end of this webinar, you should have a better idea of which publishing option is best for you and your book and what to do to move forward with that publishing option.
Webinar Fees – $10 for SCBWI members, $15 for non-members
Hosted by SCBWI Iowa/Minnesota
January 30, 2 pm - 3:30 pm CST
Webinar Description – Also called psychic distance, narrative distance refers to how far the narrator takes the reader inside a character’s thoughts and perceptions. Understanding narrative distance helps with controlling point of view and mastering the craft of showing characters versus telling about them. In this workshop, we will look at examples across the range of narrative distance, from remote to close-up, and practice placing our own sentences on the spectrum to achieve a desired effect on the reader.
Webinar Fees – Member $15.00
Hosted by SSCBWI Arizona
February 13, 4 – 6 p.m. CST
Webinar Description – Each of us is made up of a myriad of identity elements—nationality, culture, gender, generation, region, religion, socio-economic class, race, body type, and so many more. Even if we draw on lived experience to inform us on the page, we will eventually encounter at least secondary characters or intersecting content beyond our own expertise. How do we navigate all that with sensitivity and respect without freezing up? How do we thoughtfully, responsibly and joyfully craft books for an ever-more-diverse community of young readers? Cynthia Leitich Smith will offer questions for us to consider and insights from her own writing journey.
CYNTHIA LEITICH SMITH is the New York Times and Publishers Weekly best-selling YA author of Hearts Unbroken and both the Feral trilogy and Tantalize series. She’s also the author of award-winning children’s books, including: Jingle Dancer, Rain Is Not My Indian Name, and Indian Shoes.
Webinar Fees – Chapter Meeting Prices:
Those who can’t attend the live event may watch the recording, which will be available to all attendees for two weeks.
Hosted by SCBWI San Diego, CA