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Webinar – Tipping the Scales Toward Publication With Authors Nicholas Solis, Ellen Leventhal, Meera Sriram and Lisa Katzenberger

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Date(s) - 12/05/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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TIPPING THE SCALES TOWARD PUBLICATION: 

PICTURE BOOK CREATORS SHARE TIPS THAT HELPED THEM SNAG THEIR BOOK DEALS.

Featuring authors: Nicholas Solis, Ellen Leventhal, Meera Sriram and Lisa Katzenberger

Hosted by Annie Bailey

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Saturday, December 5th, 2020 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am Mountain Time

$10 for Members, $20 for Non-members

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This event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those that register until January 2nd, 2021.

Registration closes December 4th @ 10:00 am MST or whenever the available spots sell out. No additional registrations will be available after the event.

To register for the webinar:

  1. — Register and pay on the bottom of this page with SCBWI.org
  2. — Approx. one day before the webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing the link to the webinar.
  3. — Approx. one hour before the webinar, you will receive a reminder e-mail containing another link to the webinar. (So don’t worry if you misplace the first e-mail.)
  4. — Click on the webinar link to sign on live. You will be able to join up to 15 minutes before the webinar begins.
  5. — If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay after the event.

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Webinar Topics:

Right Place at the Right Time — Nicholas Solis

Creating a writing community for yourself can be just as important as creating a terrific picture book. I’ll share classes and organizations that worked for me, and the conferences that helped along the way. 

Get It Out There! — Ellen Leventhal

You’ve written the story. Great! Now how do you get it seen? We’ll talk about non-traditional ways of getting your story seen by the gatekeepers, plus some bonus tips on story development and revision.

Be True to Your Craft AND to Your Story — Meera Sriram

Revising based on peer and professional critiques means honing your craft and polishing your manuscript while still holding on to the story you want to tell.

Using the Story Spine Method to Plot Your Story — Lisa Katzenberger

Review of the Story Spine method, popularized by Pixar, a simple way to construct the backbone of your story and establish crucial plot points.

 

Questions? Please e-mail Annie Bailey at utahsouthidaho-ra@scbwi.org.

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Webinar Faculty Bios:

Nicholas Solis is an award-winning elementary teacher and a writing fellow at The Writing Barn in Austin, TX. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books, and in 2020 he won the Austin SCBWI’s Creators of Diverse Worlds Scholarship. His debut author/illustrated picture book THE STARING CONTEST (Peter Pauper Press) released in September 2020. BORDERTOWN (Nancy Paulsen Books) and THE COLOR COLLECTOR (Sleeping Bear Press) are scheduled for 2021.He has traveled the world and taught students in Texas, Tanzania, India, and Morocco. From all of his travels he has learned one important lesson: No matter the circumstances, kids are kids. When he’s not traveling, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Morgan, their dog, Charlie, and his baby boy, ,Leo, in Austin, Texas. Learn more about Nick at nicholassolis.com.

 

Ellen Leventhal is an educator and writer in Houston, TX. Her writing usually contains universal themes to which children can relate–even if the thoughts occasionally come from talking cows or lambs. Ellen is the co-author of DON’T EAT THE BLUEBONNETS, the author of LOLA CAN’T LEAP and the upcoming A FLOOD OF KINDNESS which releases in April, 2021 from Worthy Kids/Hachette Book Group. She has been published in magazines, newspapers, as well as poetry and short story anthologies. Ellen loves school visits! (In person or virtual)  When visiting schools, she coordinates with and supports literacy programs as well as diversity and anti-bullying programs. Ellen’s best days are when she can interact directly with the students and spread her love of literacy and kindness. To find out more about Ellen’s books and writing projects, please go to www.Ellenleventhal.com 

 

Meera Sriram grew up in India and moved to the U.S in 1999. An electrical engineer in the past, she now enjoys writing for children, leading early literacy initiatives, and advocating for diverse bookshelves. Meera is the author of picture books THE YELLOW SUITCASE, A GIFT FOR AMMA, and the upcoming title BETWEEN TWO WORLDS. She has also co-authored several kids’ books in India. Meera believes in the transformative power of stories and likes to write about people, places, and experiences less visible in children’s literature. For more information, please visit: http://www.meerasriram.com

 

 

 

Lisa Katzenberger: As the youngest of eight siblings, Lisa Katzenberger has been making up stories to entertain herself since she was a child. She loves to write books that make children laugh, escape, and dream. Lisa lives near Chicago with her family in a 100-year old Victorian house with sloping hardwood floors and the tiniest bathroom you’ve ever seen. She is the author of IT WILL BE OK (Sourcebooks 2021) and NATIONAL REGULAR AVERAGE ORDINARY DAY (Penguin Workshop 2020). For more information, visit www.lisakatzenberger.com.

 

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