Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Online Intensives — Moving Toward Mastery: Take Your Craft to the Next Level

Date(s) - 03/19/2022
12:00 am

Moving Toward Mastery: Take Your Craft to the Next Level
Online, March 19, 2022

If you registered for this event, check your inbox for an email on March 20 with links to the recordings. They will be available for one month.

On Saturday, March 19, get ready to dive into your craft! We’ll have three intensives, running concurrently. Choose one track, and receive recordings for all three! Recordings will be available for one month afterward.

All attendees will be allowed to submit to the editors and agents after the conference. Submission guidelines will be in the packet of information you’ll receive at the event. Attendance will be capped, so don’t delay!


Illustrator Intensive

Level Up: Moving Your Craft towards Mastery

A full day about the craft and business of illustrating books for children. Faculty includes Adela Pons, art director, Peachtree Press, and Elizabeth Dulemba, PhD, award-winning author, illustrator, and teacher.

Optional mentorship add-on for illustrators: For intensive participants, Adela Pons is offering up to ten mentorship slots. These mentorships begin with a Zoom call on December 18, and culminate with a final art review at the intensive.

Click here for details:

Picture Book Intensive

Leaving Space on the Page for a Child’s Imagination

Come learn how to create brevity AND specificity in picture books. Spend the day mastering these nuanced skills by rewriting pages and making each word work hard to create a well-told story. Bonus session: an illustrator’s approach to the text. 

Faculty includes Sarah Rockett, editor, Sleeping Bear Press, Monique Fields, award-winning journalist and author, and Elizabeth Dulemba, PhD, award-winning teacher, author and illustrator of more than three dozen books.

Novel Intensive

Construct A Stronger Story Through Characterization and Setting

Spend the day diving deep into your main character’s world and rewriting scenes so you can: 

— establish your character’s desperate want and the unacknowledged, dire need that will win out instead; wildly raise the stakes; know exactly what must push them to the brink in the climax.

— expand the world in your novel. World-building is for all types of stories—from realistic contemporary, to historical fiction, to fantasy and sci-fi. Every successful novel has an uber compelling world.   

Use this workshop to find your solid beginning, middle, and end, as well as cut out the dreaded muddle in the middle. Intensive led by Foyinsi Adegbonmire, editor, Feiwel & Friends (Macmillan) and Randi Pink, award-winning author of INTO WHITE, GIRLS LIKE US, and ANGEL OF GREENWOOD.


Optional Career Consultations
Do you have questions about your career as a writer, illustrator, or translator? Get answers in a 20-minute career consultation with an industry expert. Your consultation is an opportunity to receive advice on anything from the specifics of a pitch, query letter or art sample submission, to checking on where the market is for a particular kind of book. You can also get feedback on a personal business plan or discuss what to do next in your career.

Please note, this is not a manuscript critique or a pitch-the-agent session. The agents will not look at anything in advance. Participants can bring material to be looked over, but the time spent reading is part of the consultation. These are available as an add-on for any intensive attendee and will be held via Zoom the week of March 21.