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First Pages Webinar with Editor Karen Chaplin

Date(s) - 05/20/2018
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


First Pages Webinar with Karen Chaplin, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books/HarperTeen

90 minute webinar

Sunday, May 20, 2018, 3:00 PM Eastern/2:00 PM Central/1:00 PM Mountain/12:00 PM Pacific

Registration with in-webinar first page critique: SCBWI Members: $40.00; Non-members: $60.00 (This option is sold out as of 4.30.18.)

Registration to view webinar only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Optional written 10-page manuscript critique following webinar: $50.00 (This option is sold out as of 4.27.18.)


The first page of your manuscript can hook an agent or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Karen Chaplin, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books/HarperTeen, gives live feedback on anonymous first pages from picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction manuscripts. Whether you choose to submit your first pages or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights on how to improve your own first pages. Karen is also offering a limited number of 10-page written manuscript critiques following the webinar. (Submission date for critiques will be one week after the webinar to allow participants time to revise using what they have learned.) Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to submit to Karen for a limited time after the event.


About the presenter:

Karen Chaplin is a Senior Editor acquiring and editing picture books, middle-grade, and young adult fiction and nonfiction for HarperCollins Children’s Books / Harper Teen. Writers she has worked with include New York Times bestselling authors Tim Green, Amy Ewing (The Jewel trilogy), and Margot Lee Shetterly (Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition and picture book); PW Flying Start Paul Mosier (Train I Ride); two-time Edgar Award Nominee Lamar Giles (Fake IDand Endangered); Caela Carter (ALA Notable Forever, or a Long, Long Time); Jennifer Lynn Alvarez (The Guardian Herd series; Riders of the Realm series); Rebecca Ross (The Queen’s Rising); and Paula Stokes (Liars, Inc., Girl Against the Universe), among others. Follow her on Twitter @CapChapReads.


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration will close on May 19.

A recording of the webinar will be available for one month after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent to all registered attendees via email on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select the registration option with in-webinar first page critique must submit their first pages to by May 14. Please follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • 1 inch margins all around.
  • The first line of the page should be the title and genre/age range (chapter book, YA fiction, etc.)
  • DO NOT include your name anywhere on the document.
  • This critique is for the first page of a manuscript, not a book. That means that you can include as much of your picture book text as will fit on one page.
  • Name your file FirstPages_your initials. For example, Jane Doe’s file would be called FirstPages_JD.

Instructions for 10-page manuscript critiques submissions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option.

Payment options:
-Online with a credit card (processed through PayPal, no account required)

-Online with a PayPal account balance