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January-June 2022 Creative Coaching Groups: A 6-Month Mentorship Program

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Date(s) - 01/01/2022
12:00 am

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This 6-month mentorship program, available only to SCBWI members, will connect you with a published mentor author or illustrator who will provide detailed written feedback on your work each month and conduct monthly online small group meetings that provide support, brainstorming, and community. You will also have the opportunity to improve your craft through peer critiques. Each cohort will be capped at 3-6 participants.

 

Each Creative Coaching Group includes:

Monthly mentor critiques: You will submit your work for critique each month and receive a detailed written critique from your mentor, for a total of 6 critiques. (See submission details below for each cohort.) It’s up to you whether you want to submit new work each month, or revise your work and resubmit for another pass. Illustrators will also have the option to follow targeted illustration prompts. 

Monthly peer critiques: You will complete a monthly written peer critique for each of the other members of your cohort, and receive written critiques from your peers each month. (See cohort details below for maximum numbers in each group.)

Online group meetings: You’ll meet with your mentor and cohort for seven 60-90 minute meetings.  (See groups and dates below.) These live online meetings will be a chance to ask questions, brainstorm, get clarification about critiques, and receive craft and career guidance tailored to the needs of the group.

Email group: Your cohort will connect via an email listserv facilitated through Google Groups. This will be your place to share resources, ask questions, and connect with your cohort.

 

This session of Creative Coaching Groups will run January-June 2022.  See below for costs, dates, deadlines, and details for each specific group.

*Writers Getting Ready Cohort – Beginning Writers in All Kidlit Categories (Fiction and Nonfiction) – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan
*Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate  – Mentor: Olga Herrera
*Picture Book Cohort – Advanced – Mentor: Cindy Kane
*Illustrator Cohort – All Experience Levels – Mentor: Young Vo
*Easy Reader/Chapter Book Fiction Cohort – All Experience Levels – Mentor: Joe McGee
*Nonfiction Cohort – All Kidlit Categories and Experience Levels – Mentor: Ann McCallum Staats
*Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate –
Mentor: Shawn Stout

*Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced – Mentor: Meg Eden

 

 


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Writers Getting Ready Cohort – Beginning Writers in All Kidlit Categories (Picture Book to Young Adult, Fiction or Nonfiction)
Mentor: Kathy MacMillan

You’ll submit 1 picture book manuscript OR up to 10 pages of a longer kidlit work each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of the cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 6 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.

Cost: $600

Writers Getting Ready is for you if:
-You are new to writing kidlit.
-You have completed fewer than 3 manuscripts.
-You have limited experience with critique groups or professional critiques.

 

Kathy MacMillan is an author, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, and storyteller. She has published 19 books for children, teens, and adults, including picture books (the Little Hands Signing series and The Runaway Shirt from Familius Press); children’s nonfiction (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Familius Press), young adult fiction (Compton Crook Award Finalist Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin, HarperTeen), and adult nonfiction (Little Hands and Big Hands, Huron Street Press, as well as multiple books for ALA Editions).  She has worked with book packagers (including the Chronicles of Cavallon series for Working Partners under the pen name Kim Forester) and work for hire, in addition to publishing with both small and large presses. Kathy is represented by Steven Malk of Writers House. She offers critiquing services and resources for writers at KathyMacMillan.com.

Writers Getting Ready Cohort
Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, January 3, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, January 13, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, January 31, 2022
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, February 7, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, February 17, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, February 28, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, March 7, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Thursday, March 31, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, April 4, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, April 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Thursday, April 28, 2022
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, May 2, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, May 12, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, June 6, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, June 16, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, June 24, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, June 27, 2022, 8:00 PM Eastern


 


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Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate
Mentor: Olga Herrera
You’ll submit 1 picture book manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 6 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.
Cost: $600

Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate is for you if:
-You have completed at least 2 picture book manuscripts.
-You have been attending a critique group regularly and are beginning to get positive feedback on your work.
-You’re looking for feedback to take your work to the next level.

 

Olga Herrera is an author and illustrator of children’s books. She earned her bachelor’s of Fine Arts from the Ringling College of Art and Design with a major in Illustration. Olga was the winner of the SCBWI Regional Conference logo competition for two consecutive years (MD/DE/WV 2019 & 2020). Olga’s author/illustrator debut picture book, The New Favorite Thing, will be published in Winter 2023 by Feiwel & Friends. She is also the co-founder and co-host of ILLOCHAT, a podcast about the journey into professional Illustration. Olga teaches Illustration in traditional and digital techniques, creative writing for fiction picture books, and offers mentorships and portfolio reviews. Olga is bilingual in Spanish and English. She grew up in Ecuador, a beautifully diverse country that remains close to her heart. She now lives in the picturesque state of Maryland. With her husband, two children, and too many pets. You can find more illustrations and see what projects she is working on by following her on Instagram @olgachildrensillustrator, and on Twitter @OlgaIllustrator. www.OlgaChildrensIllustrator.com

 

Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate
Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, January 7, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, January 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, January 28, 2022
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, February 4, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, February 11, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, February 25, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, March 4, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, March 11, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, March 25, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, April 1, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, April 8, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, April 22, 2022
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, May 6, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, May 13, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, May 27, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, June 3, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, June 10, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, June 24, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, July 1, 2022, 7:00PM Eastern
 


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Picture Book Cohort – Advanced
Mentor: Cindy Kane

You’ll submit 1 picture book manuscript (fiction or nonfiction) each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 6 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.

Cost: $600

Picture Book Cohort – Advanced is for you if:
-You have completed 3 or more picture book manuscripts.
-You have submitted to agents and publishers and received personalized comments in response.
-You’re an experienced writer or illustrator but just not sure about your new project.
-You’re looking for feedback to take your work to the next level.

 

Cindy Kane loves sharing the expertise she has acquired through a career in children’s books. She spent 18 years as a trade editor, serving as editor-in-chief of Four Winds Press, then part of Macmillan Children’s Books, and executive editor and editorial director of Dial Books for Young Readers. Books she edited include A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck, winner of the Newbery Medal. After moving to educational publishing, Cindy began writing herself. Under her married name, Cindy Trumbore, she has published two novels and four picture books and has won the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Robert F. Sibert Medal, among other honors. She has taught writing for children since 2005, most recently through the Southampton Children’s Literature Fellows program, and has given writing workshops around the country. Read more about Cindy at her website and watch the trailer for her latest book here!

 

Picture Book Cohort – Advanced Dates and Deadlines
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, January 6, 2022, 2 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, January 17, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, January 28, 2022
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, February 3, 2022, 2 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, February 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, February 25, 2022
March
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, March 3, 2022, 2 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, March 18, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
April
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, April 7, 2022, 2 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, April 18, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, April 29, 2022
May
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, May 5, 2022, 2 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, May 16, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, May 27, 2022
June
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, June 2, 2022, 2 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, June 13, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, June 24, 2022
Final meeting
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, July 7, 2022, 2PM Eastern

 

 


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Illustrator Cohort – Mentor: Young Vo

You’ll submit up to 4 illustrations each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 6 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, a work in progress, revise and resubmit previously critiqued material, or follow targeted illustration prompts for homework.

Cost: $600

Young Vo is an award-winning artist and animator. Gibberish is his debut author/illustrator picture book (Feb 2022) published by Levine Querido, and edited by Arthur Levine. “A Block of Ice and a Bag of Sugar “was a short story written for Heroic Care Anthology, published by Words Unbound, and edited by Betsy Ellor. He is currently a lead animator at Zenimax Online Studios/Microsoft.  His animations are seen in movies and games such as Stuart Little, Elder Scrolls Online, Tomb Raider, and Midnight Club. Young has also taught as an adjunct instructor for Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). He has been mentoring and teaching artists and animators throughout his career.  He has taken pride in seeing his mentees’ work in games and tv shows. www.youngvoart.com

 

Illustrator Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, January 4, 2022 , 6:30 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, February 1, 2022 , 6:30 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, February 8, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 6:30 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 6:30 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, April 12, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 6:30 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 6:30 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, June 28, 2022, 6:30 PM Eastern

 

 


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Easy Reader/Chapter Book Fiction Cohort – All Experience Levels
Mentor: Joe McGee

You’ll submit up to 25 double-spaced pages of an easy reader or chapter book fiction manuscript each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 4 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.

Cost: $900

Joe McGee is the author of several successful chapter book series, to include Night Frights, Junior Monster Scouts, and Creature Campers, as well as the Peanut Butter & Brains picture books series. His newest series, Night Frights, earned a star review in The School Library Journal.  He is one of the Writing for Children and Young Adult faculty at Sierra Nevada University’s low-residency MFA program and teaches writing at Eastern West Virginia Community College. He has an MFA in Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an MA in Writing from Rowan University. Joe is represented by Jennifer Soloway of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.

 

Easy Reader/Chapter Book Fiction Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, January 7, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, February 4, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Wednesday, February 16, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, February 23, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, March 4, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, March 23, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, April 1, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Wednesday, April 13, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, April 20, 2022
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, May 6, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, June 3, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Wednesday, June 15, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Friday, July 1, 2022, 7 PM Eastern

 

 

 


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Nonfiction Cohort – All Kidlit Categories and Experience Levels
Mentor: Ann McCallum Staats

You’ll submit up to 25 double-spaced pages of a nonfiction manuscript each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 4 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.

Cost: $900

Ann McCallum Staats is an award-winning author of nine children’s books, mostly nonfiction. Her High Flyers (Summer, 2022) features women aviators and astronauts and is based on exclusive interviews with astronauts, a senator, and jet and commercial pilots. Thrill-Seekers highlights bold female go-getters in adventure sports. Books in her Eat Your Homework series pair math, science, and history with fun facts and delicious recipes. Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, Ann holds a master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). She has taught at the elementary and secondary levels as well as post-secondary at the American University of Sharjah in the UAE. Ann holds years of experience in writing and teaching and credits SCBWI and her writing community for her success. Learn more at annmccallumbooks.com.

 

Nonfiction Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, January 4, 2022, 11:00 AM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, January 25, 2022.
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, February 1, 2022 ,11:00 AM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, February 22, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 11:00 AM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, March 22, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 11:00 AM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, April 19, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, May 3, 2022, 11:00 AM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 11:00 AM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Tuesday, June 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Tuesday, June 28, 2022

 


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Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate
Mentor: Shawn Stout

You’ll submit up to 50 double-spaced pages of a young adult fiction OR middle grade fiction manuscript each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 3 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.

 Cost: $1200

Young Adult Fiction/Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate is for you if:
-You have completed at least 2 Middle Grade or Young Adult fiction book manuscripts.
-You have been attending a critique group regularly and are beginning to get positive feedback on your work.
-You’re looking for feedback to take your work to the next level.

 

Shawn K. Stout is the author of several acclaimed books for young readers, including the Penelope Crumb series (Philomel/Penguin Random House), the Not-So-Ordinary Girl books (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster), and the historical novel, A Tiny Piece of Sky (Philomel/Penguin Random House). Her new middle grade novel, The Impossible Destiny of Cutie Grackle (Peachtree), will be in bookstores in May 2022. Shawn is a science writer at the National Institutes of Health and holds an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She has served on the faculty of the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has led several writing workshops. She lives with her family in Maryland. Visit her at www.shawnkstout.com.

 

Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate
Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, January 6, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, January 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, January 28, 2022
February:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Saturday, February 26, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, March 3, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, March 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, March 28, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, April 15, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, April 29, 2022
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, May 5, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Thursday, May 17, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Tuesday, May 31, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, June 9, 2022, 7 PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, June 17, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Friday, July 1, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Thursday, July 7, 2022, 7 PM, Eastern

 


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Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced
Mentor: Meg Eden
You’ll submit up to 50 double-spaced pages of a middle grade fiction manuscript each month, for a total of 6 mentor critiques, plus monthly peer critiques from the other members of your cohort. (Maximum size of this cohort is 3 participants.) You may choose to submit new material each month, or revise and resubmit previously critiqued material.

Cost: $1200

Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced is for you if:
-You have completed 3 or more Middle Grade or Young Adult manuscripts.
-You have submitted to agents and publishers and received personalized comments in response.
-You’re an experienced writer or illustrator but just not sure about your new project.
-You’re looking for feedback to take your work to the next level.

 

Meg Eden is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of the 2021 Towson Prize for Literature winning poetry collection “Drowning in the Floating World” (Press 53, 2020) and children’s novels, most recently “Selah’s Guide to Normal” (Scholastic, 2023). Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.

 

 

 

Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced
Dates and Deadlines:
January:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, January 3, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, January 14, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, January 31, 2022
February
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, February 7, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, February 11, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, February 28, 2022
March:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, March 7, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, March 11, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, March 28, 2022
April:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, April 4, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, April 8, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, April 25, 2022, 3PM Eastern
May:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, May 2, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Friday, May 13, 2022
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, May 30, 2022
June:
Online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, June 6, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique: Monday, June 10, 2022, 3PM Eastern
Mentor and peer written critiques due: Monday, June 27, 2022
Final meeting:
Final online meeting (60-90 minutes): Monday, July 11, 2022

 

 



 

IMPORTANT REGISTRATION DETAILS:

You must be logged in to your SCBWI account in order to register.

Each mentor will send access instructions for your welcome session to all registrants in your cohort in early January.

See cohort details above for submission and critique deadlines and online meeting dates.

This program is open to all SCBWI members, and there is no screening requirement. Please check to make sure you meet the experience level requirements for the group you register for, to make the mentorship program the best possible experience for everyone.

Waiting list: If the session you want is full, OR if the online meeting dates for your desired cohort simply don’t work for you, please fill out our Waiting List Form. We may form additional cohorts if there is enough interest. Filling out this form does not commit you to anything; it simply allows us to assess interest and contact you if additional spots open up.

Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given after December 20, 2021.

Participant Agreements: In registering for the Creative Coaching Group 6-Month Mentorshop Program, you agree to the following:

  • -You will be expected to complete 2-5 peer critiques each month (depending on cohort size). If you have an emergency and need an extension, you must discuss this with your mentor.
  • -If you fail to complete your peer critiques or request an extension, you will not be eligible to submit a manuscript for critique the following month but will still be responsible for completing your peer critiques the following month.
  • -Group live sessions may be recorded and the recordings made available to the group participants for 30 days.
  • -If you miss a submission deadline, you may forfeit that month’s critiques from both mentor and peers.
  • -You may not use, in part, or in whole, any aspect of a fellow mentee’s manuscript or basic concept in your own work. Violating this rule is considered plagiarism and can be prosecuted by law.
  • -If you violate the terms laid out above, you may be asked to leave the group and will not receive a refund.

 

If you have any questions, please contact mddewv@scbwi.org.

 

 

 

 

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Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Advanced - Mentor: Meg Eden - $1,200.00

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Middle Grade/Young Adult Fiction Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate - Mentor: Shawn Stout - $1,200.00

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Easy Reader/Chapter Book Fiction Cohort - All Experience Levels - Mentor: Joe McGee - $900.00

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Nonfiction Cohort – All Kidlit Categories and Experience Levels - Mentor: Ann McCallum Staats - $900.00

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Illustrator Cohort - All Experience Levels – Mentor: Young Vo - $600.00

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Picture Book Cohort – Advanced - Mentor: Cindy Kane - $600.00

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Picture Book Cohort – Beginner/Intermediate  - Mentor: Olga Herrera - $600.00

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Writers Getting Ready Cohort – Beginning Writers in All Kidlit Categories (Fiction and Nonfiction) - Mentor: Kathy MacMillan - $600.00

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, www.scbwi.org. SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.

 

Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • Abusive verbal comments;
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.

 

Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: https://www.scbwi.org/anti-harassment-report-form/. Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.

 

Non-Retaliation

The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.

 

Sanctions

SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.

 

Confidentiality

SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.

    

If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

If you have questions regarding this policy, you may send an email to tammybrown@scbwi.org. Please include the words "Anti-Harassment Policy" in the subject line. 

 

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