Events for KidLit Writers

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FEBRUARY 2020 

1-28       NONFICTION FEST             
https://www.facebook.com/groups/NFFest/?fref=nf

1            PLOTTING YOUR PICTURE BOOK
              Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

2            WRITE. SUBMIT. SUPPORT. FOR NOVELISTS with Carrie Jones
              6-month Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

3            LYRICAL LANGUAGE LAB with Renee LaTulippe
              19-week Online Course: www.reneelatulippe.com

4            PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK 1 
              6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

4            PICTURE BOOKS with Agent Jenna Pocius
              4-week Class: www.inkedvoices.com

5            CHILDREN’S NOVEL WORKSHOP with Author/Editor Anastasia Suen
              2-month Course: https://asuen.com/

6            YOUNG ADULT FIRST PAGES with Agent Whitney Ross
              4-week Class: www.inkedvoices.com

8-9         SCBWI WINTER CONFERENCE
              New York, NY: https://www.scbwi.org/ny20-info/

10          BENEATH THE SURFACE: GOING DEEPER WITH OUR WRITING (Part 2)
              Webinar Series: https://epa.scbwi.org/

11          CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
              10-week Online Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

12          KIDLIT NONFICTION: BIZ SECRETS REVEALED with Agent Lily Ghahremani
              Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org/

12-14 12 DAYS OF VALENTINES CONTEST
Contest: https://susannahill.com/

13          MIDDLE-GRADE FIRST PAGES with Agent Alyssa Eisner Henkin
              4-week Class: www.inkedvoices.com

13        ADVANCED PICTURE BOOK WRITING with Editor Christina Pulles
          3-month Class: www.inkedvoices.com

13          WRITING THE MIDDLE-GRADE MYSTERY with Cynthia Surrisi
              Webinar: https://dakotas.scbwi.org/

15          PUBLICITY AND MARKETING
              Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

15          MARKETING AND PROMOTION FOR AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
              Webinar: https://nebraska.scbwi.org/

16          EVERY NEW BEGINNING: OPENING LINES, TONE, AND TENSION
              Half-Day Online Class: www.thewritingbarn.com

16          OPENING LINES, TONE AND TENSION
              Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

16          TEXTURE: THE WEAVE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
              Webinar: https://westcentny.scbwi.org/

17          MEANING AND MUSIC: USING POETRY FOR LYRICAL PICTURE BOOKS
              6-Week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

18          ELEMENTS OF EXCELLENT NONFICTION with Editor Carol Hinz 
              Half-Day Online Class:  https://mddewv.scbwi.org

20          #PBPITCH
              Twitter Pitch Party:  http://www.pbpitch.com/

20           CRAFTING A SOLID NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL 
               6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

20-23      PICTURE BOOK INTENSIVE: A RIVER OF WORDS
               Austin, TX: www.thewritingbarn.com

21-23      WRITEON.COM 
               Online Conference for KidLit Writers:  www.writeoncon.org

22           THE BUSINESS OF NON-FICTION with Scholastic Editor Kate Heit
               Webinar: https://nevada.scbwi.org/

22           WHEN LESS IS MORE…CUTTING THE FLUFF TO FIND WHAT YOU REALLY WANT TO SAY with Author Pat Zietlow Miller
               Webinar: https://utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org/

22           WOW YOUR ART DIRECTOR WITH A BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED PORTFOLIO with Art Director Maria T. Middleton
               Webinar:  https://nevada.scbwi.org

23           GETTING TO KNOW YOUR NOVEL
               5-month Online Class + Onsite Retreat in Milanville, PA
www.highlightsfoundation.org

23           WINTER WEBINAR SERIES with Author/Illustrator Carolyn Dee Flores
               Webinar: https://indiana.scbwi.org

24           BENEATH THE SURFACE: GOING DEEPER WITH OUR WRITING (Part 3) with Author Eric K. Taylor
               Webinar Series: https://epa.scbwi.org/

26           FIVE KINDS OF NONFICTION
               6-week Blog Series: https://www.melissa-stewart.com/

27           LEAPING INTO SUBMISSION
               Webinar: https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/

27           PORTFOLIOS & PROMOTION WITH TIPS ON FINDING AN AGENT
               Webinar for Illustrators: https://montana.scbwi.org/

29           WRITING FOR EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING
               Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

29           WRITING GRANTS, FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS TO FURTHER YOUR WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION GOALS
               Webinar: https://cencal.scbwi.org/

29           SCBWI BRAZOS VALLEY 2020 CONFERENCE
               College Station, TX: https://brazosvalley.scbwi.org

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MARCH 2020 

1-31       CHAPTER BOOK CHALLENGE
http://chapterbookchallenge.blogspot.com/

2-27 READING FOR RESEARCH MONTH (ReFoReMo)
http://www.reforemo.com/

2            ADVANCED YA AND MG WORKSHOP with Agent Sara LaPolla
              3-Month Class: www.inkedvoices.com

5            #PITMAD PITCH PARTY
              Twitter Pitch Party: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

5            ADVANCED PICTURE BOOK WRITING with Agent Sean McCarthy
              3-Month Class: www.inkedvoices.com

7            ILLUSTRATOR’S CONFERENCE: “ELEVATE YOUR ART”
              Salt Lake City, UT: https://utahsouthidaho.scbwi.org

13-14     WRITING AND ILLUSTRATION FOR KIDS (WIK) 2020 CONFERENCE
              Homewood, AL: https://southern-breeze.scbwi.org/

13-15     GOLDEN GATE CONFERENCE @ ASILOMAR
              Pacific Grove, CA: https://sfsouth.scbwi.org 

13-15     MD/DE/WV REGIONAL CONFERENCE
              Linthicum Heights, MD: https://mddewv.scbwi.org

14          PICTURE BOOKS AND BEYOND
              Webinar: https://inlandnw.scbwi.org/

14          THE LOGIC OF STORYTELLING with Leila Sales
               Austin, TX: www.thewritingbarn.com

19          DEAR AUTHOR, THIS IS WHY I REJECTED YOUR MANUSCRIPT with Editor Francis Gilbert
              Webinar: https://dakotas.scbwi.org/

20           A. ORR FANTASY GRANT
               Deadline: https://www.scbwi.org/a-orr-fantasy-grant/

21          CRYSTAL KITE AWARD
              Entry Deadline: https://www.scbwi.org/awards/crystal-kite-member-choice-award/

21-22     SPRING FEVER ANNUAL CONFERENCE
              Syracuse, NY: https://westcentny.scbwi.org

22          WINTER WEBINAR SERIES with Author Ellen Hopkins
              Webinar: https://indiana.scbwi.org/

22-25     FINDING YOUR MUSE IN THE WOODS Poetry Intensive
  Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

25-28     CREATING PICTURE BOOKS WITH HUMOR & HEART
              Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

26          WALK THE TIGHTROPE: ELEMENTS OF TENSION with Author Laura Ellen
              Webinar: https://arizona.scbwi.org/

27-28     KIDLITCON
              Ann Arbor, MI: https://twitter.com/kidlitcon

28-31     TELLING IT TRUE: THE ART OF STORYTELLING IN NARRATIVE NONFICTION
               Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

31          SCBWI WORK-IN-PROGRESS AWARD
              Deadline:  https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/work-in-progress-grants/

31          KAREN AND PHILIP CUSHMAN LATE BLOOMER AWARD
              Deadline:  https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/work-in-progress-grants/karen-and-philip-cushman-late-bloomer-award/

31          SCBWI DON FREEMAN ILLUSTRATOR GRANT
              Deadline:  https://www.scbwi.org/awards/grants/work-in-progress-grants/don-freeman-illustrator-grants/

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APRIL 2020 

1           ANN WHITFORD PAUL-WRITERS DIGEST MANUSCRIPT AWARD
             DEADLINE: https://www.scbwi.org/the-ann-whitford-paul-writers-digest-book-award/

3-4        BLUE RIDGE WRITER’S CONFERENCE with Elizabeth Dulemba
             Blue Ridge, GA: www.blueridgewritersconference.com 

4           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
             New York City, NY: www.writingclasses.com

6           PB BIOGRAPHIES: STYLE AND SUBSTANCE with Rob Sanders 
             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

7           HEART AND HUMOR OF AMY KROUSE ROSENTHAL
             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

7           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
             10-week Online Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

7-9        SPRING FLING KIDLIT CONTEST
            Contest: https://sites.google.com/view/springflingwritingcontest/main

4           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL TWO
             10-week Online Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

16         PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK 2
             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

19-22    MAKING MAGIC: WRITING AND REFINING FANTASTICAL AND OTHERWORLDLY STORIES
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

22 #DIVPIT PITCH PARTY (Writers for Children or Teens)
https://www.dvpit.com/

23         WORLD-BUILDING 101: HOW TO SCAFFOLD UNBELIEVABLE PLACES FOR YOUR READERS with Author J. C. Cervantes
             Webinar: https://nebraska.scbwi.org/

24-25    SCBWI NON-FICTION WORKSHOP with the Smithsonian Institute
             Washington, DC: www.scbwi.org

24-26    RECHARGE YOUR WRITING RETREAT
             Conception, MO: https://ksmo.scbwi.org

26-29    SYMPOSIUM FOR JEWISH CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

30-M3   COLOR, LIGHT, LINE, AND TEXTURE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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MAY 2020

1-3        BIG THAW RETREAT with Agents Jennifer March Soloway
             Talkeetna, AK: https://alaska.scbwi.org

1-3        NEW ENGLAND REGIONAL CONFERENCE: “Finding Joy in the Journey”
             Springfield, MA: https://newengland.scbwi.org

2-3        AUSTIN WRITERS & ILLUSTRATORS WORKING CONFERENCE
              Austin, TX: https://austin.scbwi.org

1-7        NATIONAL PICTURE BOOK WRITING WEEK
             Challenge to write a picture book in one week:  https://napibowriwee.com

4           WRITERS DIGEST ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
             Deadline:  www.writersdigest.com

7-10      FROM PREMISE TO PITCH: GET SUBMISSION-READY WITH TWO AGENTS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

9           ONE DAY MAY FEST CONFERENCE
             San Diego, CA: https://sandiego.scbwi.org

10-17    WRITING THE UNREAL: FANTASY AND SPECULATIVE FICTION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

12          CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
              10-week Workshop: www.writingclasses.com

15-17    AUTHENTIC VOICES WRITING RETREAT
             Ennis, MT: https://montana.scbwi.org

17-21    GETTING YOUR MG OR YA NOVEL UNSTUCK
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

26-30    CRAFTING SUCCESSFUL AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR VISITS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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JUNE 2020

3-7        GATHER RETREAT FOR PUBLISHED AUTHORS & ILLUSTRATORS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

4            #PITMAD PITCH PARTY
              Twitter Pitch Party: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

5           CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING LEVEL ONE
             New York City, NY: www.writingclasses.com

9           REVISION RETREAT
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

11-14    NOVELS IN VERSE: ANALYZE AND GENERATE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

14-17    WRITING FIRST CHAPTER BOOKS AND EARLY READERS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

17-20    DEVELOPING A SERIES IN CHAPTER BOOKS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

20-23    PB&J: PICTURE BOOKS AND ALL THAT JAZZ
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

23-27    WRITING FOR THE. EDUCATIONAL MARKET
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

26-28   WHITE MOUNTAINS RETREAT with Agent Rebecca Podos and Editor Ashley Hearn
            Squam Lake, NH: https://jgagnon90.wixsite.com/squamwrites

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JULY 2020

6-9        DISRUPTING YOUTH LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

10-15    SUMMER CAMP IN WRITING FICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

15-19    SUMMER CAMP IN WRITING NONFICTION FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG ADULTS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

19-22    SUMMER CAMP INTENSIVE IN ILLUSTRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

24-27    ANNUAL SCBWI SUMMER CONFERENCE
             Los Angeles, CA: www.scbwi.org

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AUGUST 2020

5-9        SCIENCE AND NATURE WRITING FOR KIDS AND TEENS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

9-12      POWER UP POETRY: MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH POETRY COLLECTIONS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

9-14 THE ART OF PICTURE BOOKS Residency
Williamstown, MA: https://buxtonschool.org/

13-16    THE INS AND OUTS OF A PICTURE BOOK AND ITS MANY FORMS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

16-22    THE WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

27-30    MASTER CLASS IN ILLUSTRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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SEPTEMBER 2020

10-13    PICTURE BOOKS: INSPIRATION AND PERSPIRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

13-16    WRITING THE RAINBOW: MG AND YA SYMPOSIUM
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

29-O2   LATINXWRITERS SYMPOSIUM
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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OCTOBER 2020

4-11      WRITING THE UNREAL IN FANTASY AND SPECULATIVE FICTION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

11-15    FILLING THE WRITERS TOOLBOX with Editor Emma Dryden
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

15-18    WRITING FOR ILLUSTRATORS INTENSIVE
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

18-22    THE CRAFT AND HEART OF WRITING POETRY FOR CHILDREN
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

22-25    CRAFTING A SUCCESSFUL BEGINNING FOR YOUR NOVEL
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

22-25    WORKING POETS RETREAT
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

25-28    HOW TO CREATE CONCEPT BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

29-O1   PUSHING THE LIMITS: WRITING EXPERIMENTAL FICTION FOR MG AND YA READERS
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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NOVEMBER 2020

1-30      NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
             Challenge to write a novel in one month: https://www.nanowrimo.org/

6-8        CAROLINAS SCBWI FALL CONFERENCE
             Charlotte, NC:  https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

8-11      CREATING NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS IN A CHANGING WORLD
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

13-14    YALLFEST YOUNG ADULT CONFERENCE
             Charleston, SC:  https://www.yallfest.org/

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DECEMBER 2020

3            #PITMAD PITCH PARTY
              Twitter Pitch Party: https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/

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JANUARY 2021 

1-31      STORYSTORM
https://taralazar.com/storystorm

1            REGISTRATION FOR 12X12
              Annual challenge for Picture Book Writers:  http://12x12challenge.com

20          #IWSGPIT (INSECURE WRITERS SUPPORT GROUP)
              Twitter Pitch Party: www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com

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