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Creative Coaching Groups: A 6-Month Mentorship Program

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Date(s) - 07/01/2021
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SCBWI MD/DE/WV is proud to announce our new mentorship program for writers and illustrators! 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.

GENERAL REGISTRATION FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL OPEN ON JUNE 1, 2021.

This program is for you if:

  • -You have a manuscript or portfolio completed or in progress.
  • -You have been attending a critique group regularly and are beginning to get positive feedback on your work or have a few manuscripts under your belt.
  • -You have submitted to agents and publishers and received personalized comments in response.
  • -You have published in other fields or other genres of children’s books and want to break into something new.
  •  -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.

 

Note: If you are brand-new to writing or illustrating children’s books, we suggest that you work with a critique group for at least six months prior to registering for the mentorship program. For more information about critique groups, contact our region’s Critique Group Coordinator, Mike Karg

 

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. (MG and YA fiction cohorts are capped at 3 members,  Nonfiction is capped at 4, and Picture Book and Illustrator cohorts are capped at 6.)

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 July-December 2021.  See below for costs, dates, deadlines, and details for each specific group.

Picture Book Cohort 1 – Mentor: Tracy C. Gold- FULL

Picture Book Cohort 2 – Mentor – Kathy MacMillan – FULL
Illustrator Cohort – Mentor: Rebecca Evans
Nonfiction Cohort – Mentor: Lisa A. Crayton
Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Meg Eden – FULL
Young Adult Fiction/Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan – FULL

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.
 


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Picture Book Cohort – Mentor: Tracy C. Gold – FULL

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

Tracy C. Gold loves bringing characters to life. She is a writer, freelance editor, and mom living in Baltimore, Maryland. She has two picture books forthcoming in 2021, Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby, a board book from Familius in March and Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat, an informative fiction picture book from Sourcebooks in August. She also writes short stories, essays, novels, and poems. Her work has been published in several magazines and anthologies. Tracy earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts at the University of Baltimore and earned her B.A. in English from Duke University. She learned a lot about publishing by interning for literary agent Carrie Pestritto, who is now Tracy’s agent. Tracy has also edited books that have gone on to be acquired by imprints including Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury Spark, Delacorte, and Inkyard. When she’s not writing or editing, she’s playing with her toddler, or hanging out with her horse and dog, both rescues. You can find out more about Tracy at tracycgold.com, by following her on Twitter and Instagram at @tracycgold, or by liking her Facebook page.

 

Picture Book Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
Tuesday, July 6 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Tuesday, July 13: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Saturday, July 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, August 3 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Tuesday, August 17: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Tuesday, August 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, September 7 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Tuesday, September 21: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Thursday, September 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, October 5 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Tuesday, October 19: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Sunday, October 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, November 2 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Tuesday, November 9: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Tuesday, November 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Tuesday, December 14: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, December 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, January 4 at 6:30 PM Eastern: Final online meeting (60-90 minutes)

 


Picture Book Cohort 2 – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan

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

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.

 

Picture Book Cohort 2 Dates and Deadlines:
Saturday, July 10 at 1 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Thursday, July 15: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, July 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Saturday, August 7 at 1 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, August 13: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Wednesday, August 25: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Saturday, August 28 at 1 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, September 10: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Saturday, September 25: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Saturday, October 2 at 1 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Sunday, October 10: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Sunday, October 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Saturday, November 6 at 1 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, November 12: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Tuesday, November 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Saturday, December 4 at 1 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, December 10: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, December 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Saturday, January 8 at 1 PM Eastern: Final online meeting (60-90 minutes)


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Illustrator Cohort – Mentor: Rebecca Evans

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

Rebecca Evans is an award-winning author/illustrator who grew up in a family chock full of musicians, artists, and crazy people with a love for life. She has published more than 22 books for children. She has worked with a variety of publishing houses including Penguin Random House, Tilbury House, Sourcebooks and Charlesbridge to name a few. Rebecca also mentored with EB Lewis and is a regular speaker at schools, and conferences and has critiqued hundreds of portfolios and manuscripts. Rebecca is represented by Essie White at Storm Literary and is Co-Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI. You can view her boundless imagination at www.rebeccaevans.net

 

Illustrator Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
Tuesday, July 6 at 10 AM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Monday, August 2: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Monday, August 9: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, August 10 at 10 AM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Monday, August 30: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Monday, September 6: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, September 7 at 10 AM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Monday, September 27: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Monday, October 4: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, October 5 at 10 AM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Monday, October 25: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Monday, November 1: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, November 2 at 10 AM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Monday, November 22: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Monday, November 29: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, November 30 at 10 AM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Monday, December 13: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Monday, December 20: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Tuesday, December 21 at 10 AM Eastern: Final online meeting (60-90 minutes)

 


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Nonfiction Cohort – Mentor: Lisa A. Crayton

You’ll submit up to 50 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: $1200

Lisa A. Crayton is an editor, and versatile nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. She provides editorial services (including manuscript evaluations, sensitivity reading, and collaborative writing) to publishers. She has years of experience as a writing mentor, and presently provides individualized coaching services to authors under contract with traditional publishers, as well as to Indie authors. An award-winning freelance writer, she writes for children, teens, and adults, and for the mainstream and Christian markets. As a KidLit author, her titles encompass Black history, current events, guidance topics (including hard topics), biographies, and more. She is the author of 16 KidLit books, including 15 MG/YA titles. Her latest title from Capstone Press is Juneteenth (2021), and she is under contract for a sports biography. A Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing 2020 Desert Nights, Rising Stars Conference Fellow, she teaches in-person and virtual workshops at writing conference, and other events. Crayton has served as judge for the Christian Book Awards (adult fiction and nonfiction; and Young People’s Literature, nonfiction categories), Christy AwardsTM, 2019 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards (Early Readers/Children’s Picture Books category), and other contests. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University, and a B.S. dual degree (cum laude) in public relations and journalism from Utica College. She is a member of SCBWI, American Society of Journalists and Authors, Evangelical Press Association, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority (service). Visit her at www.lisacrayton.wordpress.com. Connect with her on twitter or Instagram: @SpiritLedWriter, or through her Author Facebook Page.

 

Nonfiction Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
Wednesday, July 7 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, July 14: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Saturday, July 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Wednesday, August 4 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, August 18: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Tuesday, August 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Wednesday, September 1 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, September 17: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Thursday, September 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Wednesday, October 6 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, October 20: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Saturday, October 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Wednesday, November 3 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, November 17: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Tuesday, November 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Wednesday, December 1 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, December 15: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Thursday, December 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Wednesday, January 5 at 7 PM Eastern: Final online meeting (60-90 minutes)

 


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Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Meg Eden – FULL

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

 

Meg Eden is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and her work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (2017), and the poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games. Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal

 

Middle Grade Fiction Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
Monday, July 5 at 6 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, July 16: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, July 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Monday, August 2 at 6 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, August 13: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, August 27: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Monday, September 6 at 6 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, September 17: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Thursday, September 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Monday, October 11at 6 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, October 15: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, October 29: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Monday, November 1 at 6 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, November 12: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, November 26: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Monday, December 6 at 6 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, December 15: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, December 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Monday, January 3 at 6 PM Eastern: Final online meeting (60-90 minutes)

 


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Young Adult Fiction/Middle Grade Fiction Cohort – Mentor: Kathy MacMillan – FULL

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

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 middle grade fantasy series 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.

 

Young Adult Fiction/Middle Grade Fiction Cohort Dates and Deadlines:
Thursday, July 1 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, July 16: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, July 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Thursday, August 5 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, August 13: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, August 27: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Thursday, September 2 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, September 17: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Thursday, September 30: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Thursday, October 7 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, October 15: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, October 29: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Thursday, November 4 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Friday, November 12: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, November 26: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Thursday, December 2 at 7 PM Eastern: Online meeting (60-90 minutes)
Wednesday, December 15: Deadline to submit materials for mentor and peer critique
Friday, December 31: Mentor and peer written critiques due
Thursday, January 6 at 7 PM Eastern: Final online meeting (60-90 minutes)
 



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 July.

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

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

If you do not see a ticket option below for a cohort, that means this cohort is FULL.

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.

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

 

 

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