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First Pages Webinar with Talia Benamy

Date(s) - 11/19/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


First Pages Webinar with Talia Benamy, associate editor at Philomel Books

90 minute webinar

Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Pacific

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

Registration with in-webinar first page critique: SCBWI Members: $40.00; Non-members: $60.00 Sold out

Optional written 10-page manuscript critique following webinar: $50.00 Sold out

The first page of your manuscript can hook an agent or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Talia Benamy, associate editor at Philomel Books 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. Talia is also offering a limited number of 10-page written manuscript critiques of picture book manuscripts, middle grade fiction, middle grade nonfiction, young adult fiction, young adult nonfiction 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 Talia for a limited time after the event.


About the presenter:

Talia Benamy is an associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. In addition to cultivating her own list, Talia works closely with two editors, focusing on everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked on books by Chelsea Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Kamala Harris, Temple Grandin, Jane Yolen, Atia Abawi, Jeffrey Kluger, Lisa Graff, Ruta Sepetys, and Terry Border. She sees books as having the amazing power to shape kids’ worldviews, and looks for manuscripts that have the potential to do just that.





To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration will close on November 18.

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 November 12, 2019. 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