Events for KidLit Writers

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SEPTEMBER 2020

9-16 PICTURE BOOK REVISION WEEK
One-Week Challenge: https://laurenkerstein.wordpress.com/

11-13    PICTURE BOOKS: INSPIRATION AND PERSPIRATION
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

11-13 BIG SUR CHILDREN’S WRITERS WORKSHOP
Big Sur, CA: www.bigsurchildrenswriters.com

12 DIVERSITY DAY: WRITING OUTSIDE YOUR LANE
One-Day Conference: https://indiana.scbwi.org/

12 IF YOU GIVE A CHILD A BOOK
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

12 NONFICTION DAY
One-Day Online Conference: iowa.scbwi.org

12-13 LETTERS AND LINE VIRTUAL CONFERENCE
Online Conference: rmc.scbwi.org

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

14 WRITING PICTURE BOOKS: FROM CREATION TO PUBLICATION
8-Week Online Class: https://writingworkshops.com/

14-O5 INTRODUCTION TO THE PICTURE BOOK
Online Class: www.writer.org

15 HOW TO GROW ONIONS: CREATING MULTILAYERED CHARACTERS
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

15 PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES II
6-Week Online Class: www.thewritingbarn.com

15 THE STORY BEHIND THEIR STORIES
Webinar: https://midatlantic.scbwi.org/

16-O21 EXPLORING LIMITATIONS AND LIBERATIONS OF NOVELS IN VERSE
Online Class: www.highlightsfoundation.org

17 WRITING IDENTITY ELEMENTS INTO OUR STORIES
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

17 THE ART OF CHARACTERIZATION: HOW TO CREATE A WINNING PROTAGONIST
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

19 WRITING FICTION MASTER CLASS with Joyce Moyer Hostetter
Greenville, SC: www.write2ignite.com

21-24 ONLINE MASTER CLASS with Patricia Lee Gauch: Feelings 2020
Online Class: www.highlightsfoundation.org

22 THE WORK BEFORE THE WORK: PRE-PLANNING YOUR NOVEL
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

24 THE ABCS OF POETRY
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

24 A NEW WAY TO OUTLINE
Webinar: montana.scbwi.org

24 WRITE MENTOR PITCH (#WMPITCH) FOR PB THROUGH YA
Twitter Pitch Party: https://write-mentor.com/

24-N12 SO YOU WANT TO BE AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR?
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

26 MINING REAL LIFE EMOTION FOR FICTIONAL STORIES
Online Workshop: www.thewritingbarn.com

26 KICKING OFF WITH CHARACTER
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

28 FROM SKETCHBOOK TO STORY
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

28-N16 MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT FICTION
Online Class: www.writer.org

29 HOW TO ESTABLISH YOUR VOICE
Webinar: wpa.scbwi.org

29 NURTURING YOUR ARTISTIC VOICE
Webinar: https://swtexas.scbwi.org/

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

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OCTOBER 2020

1 FILLING THE WRITER’S TOOLBOX
One-Month Online Workshop: www.highlightsfoundation.org

1 HOW AND WHY WE TRANSLATE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

1-3 FALL FRENZY
Writing Contest: https://kaitlynleannsanchez.com/faqs-fall-writing-frenzy/

1-4 SCBWI HOUSTON VIRTUAL CONFERENCE: GOING THE DISTANCE
Online Conference: houston.scbwi.org

1-15 WRITING PICTURE BOOKS
Online Class: www.writer.org

3 PICTURE BOOK SUMMIT
Online Conference: https://picturebooksummit.com/

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

5 FROM START TO FINISH: HOW TO WRITE A NOVEL IN A MONTH
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

5-8 POETRY INTENSIVE FOR PUBLISHED WRITERS
Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

6 DRAFTING YOUR BOOK PROPOSAL
6-Week Online Class: mddewv.scbwi.org

7-D16 ADVANCED YA FICTION WORKSHOP
Norfolk, VA: https://the-muse.org/

8 BATTLING THE SHADOW: TOOLS OF BEING THE HERO OF YOUR CREATIVE PROCESS DURING CHALLENGING TIMES
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

8 THE ALCHEMY AND CRAFT OF FICTION
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

9 PICTURE BOOKS WITH BIBI LEWIS
One-Month Class: https://www.inkedvoices.com/

10 CRAFTING A COMPELLING COVER LETTER
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

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

12 WRITING BAD GUYS AND GALS: A VILLAINOUS WORKSHOP
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

15 REVISING FOR PLOT
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

15 OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL…CHAPTER ONE
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

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

16 BEHIND THE SCENES: THE COLLABORATIVE PROCESS OF CREATING A NOVEL
Webinar: newmexico.scbwi.org

17 PLOT, PAGE TURNS AND PITCH: ALL ABOUT PB PACING
Webinar: newmexico.scbwi.org

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

19 HOW AND WHY OF NEURODIVERGENT CHARACTERS
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

19 A NEW PERSPECTIVE: REVISION AS A COLLABORATIVE EXPERIENCE
Webinar: epa.scbwi.org

22 PICTURE MAKING FROM A NEW PERSPECTIVE
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

22 WRITING YOUNG VOICES: DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MG, YA, AND ADULT FICTION WITH YOUNG PROTAGONISTS
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

22 BOOK IT: SELF-PROMOTION 101
Webinar: swtexas.scbwi.org

22-25   FROM PREMISE TO PITCH: GETTING SUBMISSION READY
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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

24 HOW TO FOCUS YOUR READERS’ ATTENTION
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

25-28    NOVEL WRITING with Patricia Gouch
             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

28-N25 CREATING AN IMAGE SYSTEM THAT WORKS FOR VERSE NOVELS
Online Class: ww.highlightsfoundation.org

29 WRITING HORROR FOR CHILDREN
Online Class: www.clarionwest.org

29 TRANSFORMING THE PERSONAL
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

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

31 DISCOVER THE TRICK TO FINDING AN AGENT
Webinar: https://iowa.scbwi.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/

4 WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT PICTURE BOOKS FROM SCREENWRITING
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

5 PICTURE BOOKS II: REVISION
Online Workshop: www.writer.org

5 CREATING MEMORABLE CHARACTERS READERS WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

5-11 PLOT LIKE A FILM: SCREENWRITING TECHNIQUES THAT SERVE YOUR STORY
Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

6-8        SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION NONFICTION WORKSHOP
             Online Conference: https://www.scbwi.org/events/nonfiction-workshop-at-the-smithsonian-institute/

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

9 WRITING YOUR TRUE NORTH: CRAFTING CHARACTERS FROM THE HEART
Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

12 LEARN TO CONTROL YOUR VOICE
Webinar: epa.scbwi.org

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

14 HEART TO HEART: FINDING THE HEART OF YOUR STORY
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

19 EXPLORING THE NONFICTION MARKET
Webinar: www.scbwi.org

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DECEMBER 2020

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

12 LESSONS LEARNED BY DEBUT AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

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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

9 8 REASONS WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE RECEIVED A REJECTION
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

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

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FEBRUARY 2021

13 WRITING WITHIN AND ACROSS IDENTITY ELEMENTS
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

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MARCH 2021

13 AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR STORY DEVELOPMENT & ILLUSTRATION TECHNIQUES
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

19-21 BEACHSIDE NONFICTION WORKSHOP with Candace Fleming & Jennifer Swanson
Fernandina Beach, FL: editandgetit.com

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APRIL 2021

10 BUILDING TENSION IN YOUR NARRATIVE
Webinar: sandiego.scbwi.org

20-25 WRITING FANTASTICAL AND OTHER-WORLDLY STORIES
Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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MAY 2021

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JUNE 2021

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

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JULY 2021

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AUGUST 2021

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SEPTEMBER 2021

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OCTOBER 2021

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NOVEMBER 2021

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

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DECEMBER 2021

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