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DECEMBER 2019

 

1           CRAFTING AMAZING ANIMALS IN CHILDREN’S BOOKS with Evan Griffith

             Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

1           CRASH COURSE WRITING AND PUBLISHING YOUR MG-YA NOVEL

             6-Week Course:  www.margielawson.com 

4           QUERYING AND PITCHING TO PUBLISHING PROFESSIONALS with Agent Rachael Orr 

             Webinar:  https://ksmo.scbwi.org

4           REVISE, REWRITE, RE-IMAGINE with Mina Witteman

             Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org/events/revise-rewrite-re-imagine-webinar-with-mina-witteman/

5           IPOC WOMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP

             Winter Deadline: https://www.scbwi.org/ipoc-womens-scholarship-winter/

5           #PITMAD

             Twitter Pitch Party:  https://pitchwars.org/pitmad/ 

5           SHOW DON’T TELL

             Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

7           (NO) MORAL TO THE STORY

             Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com 

9           CREATING YOUR PORTFOLIO (for Illustrators) with Rebecca Evans 

             Free Webinar:  https://mddewv.scbwi.org/

10         FORMATTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT with Kathy MacMillan 

             Free Webinar:  https://mddewv.scbwi.org/

14         PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT 101 AND BEYOND with Mike Malbrough

             Webinar:  https://westcentny.scbwi.org

14         CHARACTER DESIGN FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS with Eda Kaban

              Webinar:  https://sfsouth.scbwi.org/events/characterdesign/

15         SCBWI MAGAZINE MERRIT AWARD

             Deadline: https://www.scbwi.org/awards/crystal-kite-member-choice-award/

28         ROCK YOUR WRITING GOALS with Freelance Editor Mary Kole 

             Webinar:  https://marykole.webinarninja.com 

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JANUARY 2020 

1-31      STORYSTORM

             Challenge in January for Picture Book Writers:  https://taralazar.com/storystorm

1            REGISTRATION FOR 12X12

              Annual challenge for Picture Book Writers:  http://12x12challenge.com

4           PICTURE BOOK MASTERCLASS

             6-Month Intensive Workshop with 3 meetings in Philadelphia, PA:  https://epa.scbwi.org

9-12       WEEKEND INTENSIVE:  NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

              Austin, TX:  www.thewritingbarn.com

11          GETTING STARTED WITH PB BIOS

              Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

11          WRITING MG AND YA THAT SELLS

             Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

11          SAVE THE CAT! WRITES A NOVEL with Author Jessica Brody

              Webinar:  https://mddewv.scbwi.org

11          INTENSIVE: HOW TO GET AN AGENT with Agent Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

              San Diego, CA: https://sandiego.scbwi.org

11          GETTING YOUR PICTURES ON THE PAGE with Author/Illustrator Elizabeth Dulemba

              Webinar: https://carolinas.scbwi.org/

14         THE PRODUCTIVITY PROJECT with Author Marcie Colleen and Adam Greenfield 

              6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

14         WRITING QUERIES, STRATEGIZING SUBMISSIONS AND INTERPRETING EDITORIAL FEEDBACK with Editor Deborah Halverson

             Webinar: https://austin.scbwi.org

15         FROM SALE TO SHELF: THE DEBUT AUTHOR'S FIRST YEAR 

             5-month Online Class: www.highlightsfoundation.org

17-19    MIAMI REGIONAL SCBWI CONFERENCE

             https://florida.scbwi.org

19         TBA with Author Pat Zietlow Miller

             Webinar: https://indiana.scbwi.org

19-22    WRITING RETREAT FOR JEWISH KIDLIT AUTHORS

             Milanville, PA:  www.highlightsfoundation.org

20         CRAFTING NON-FICTION BOOK PROPOSAL 

              6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

25         COPYEDITING AND PROOFREADING

             Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

26         WRITE. SUBMIT. SUPPORT. FOR PICTURE BOOK WRITERS

              6-month Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

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FEBRUARY 2020 

1-28       NONFICTION FEST

              Challenge in February for Nonfiction KidLit Authors: 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

4           PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK 1 

             6-week Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

8-9       SCBWI WINTER CONFERENCE

            New York, NY: https://www.scbwi.org/ny20-info/

15        PUBLICITY AND MARKETING

            Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

16        OPENING LINES, TONE AND TENSION

            Half-Day 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         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

29         WRITING FOR EDUCATIONAL PUBLISHING

             Half-Day Online Class:  www.thewritingbarn.com

29         SCBWI BRAZOS VALLEY 2020 CONFERENCE

             College Station, TX: https://brazosvalley.scbwi.org

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MARCH 2020 

 

1-31       CHAPTER BOOK CHALLENGE

              Monthly Challenge for Chapter Book Writers: http://chapterbookchallenge.blogspot.com/

7            ILLUSTRATOR'S CONFERENCE: "ELEVATE YOUR ART"

              Salt Lake City, UT: https://utahsouthidaho.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          THE LOGIC OF STORYTELLING with Leila Sales

               Austin, TX: www.thewritingbarn.com

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

22-25     FINDING YOUR MUSE IN THE WOODS

              Poetry Intensive for Published Writers in Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

25-28     CREATING PICTURE BOOKS WITH HUMOR & HEART

              Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.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/

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 

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

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 Agent Jennifer March Soloway (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

             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

15-17    AUTHENTIC VOICES WRITING RETREAT

             Ennis, MT: https://montana.scbwi.org

17-21    GETTING YOUR MIDDLE GRADE OR YOUNG ADULT 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

9           REVISION RETREAT

             Multi-week Online Course + Onsite Retreat at 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

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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

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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

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: MIDDLE GRADE AND YOUNG ADULT 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/

8-11      CREATING NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS IN A CHANGING WORLD

             Milanville, PA:   www.highlightsfoundation.org

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DECEMBER 2020

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