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FREE Webinar and Critique Partner Social: Let’s Talk About Pitching to Agents

Date(s) - 03/20/2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Illustration by 2021 Graphic Contest winner Molly Schafer

FREE Webinar and Critique Partner Social: Let’s Talk About Pitching to Agents

60 minute Webinar followed by Critique Partner Social

Saturday, March 20, 2021 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific


With many publishing houses closed to unsolicited manuscripts or illustrations, landing an agent is an important next step in a writer’s or illustrator’s career. Yet, questions abound. What works—what doesn’t? Our panelists have answers! Join New York Times best-selling author Pintip Dunn, award-winning author Ginger Park, author-illustrator Timothy Young for this interactive session. Hear their stories, get answers, then join the after-panel Critique Partner Social to connect with like-minded writers and illustrators.

This one-hour panel does more than take the mystery out of pitching to agents. It also will prepare you for our Region’s upcoming “Show & Tell 2021: An Online Pitch Event,” Saturday May 22, 2021 from 9:30 AM-4:45 PM Eastern. Learn more and register for the May 22 event here. (Note: everyone registered for the May 22 event will automatically be registered for this event. If you are not planning to attend the May 22 event, you can register for this event separately.)


About the presenters:


Pintip Dunn 
A first-generation Thai American, Pintip Dunn grew up in a tiny town in Kansas. She went on to graduate from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language, and to receive her J.D. at Yale Law School. 
Pintip is a two-time RITA® award winner and a New York Times bestselling author of eight young adult novels. Her books have been translated into four languages, and they have been nominated for numerous awards and lists, including ALA’s Hal Clement Notable Young Adult Book List; Kirkus Reviews Best Indie Book of the Year; and a Junior Library Guild selection. She’s obsessed with penguins, and her childhood dream was to marry someone whose last name is “Gwynn” — so that her name could be “Pin Gwynn.” Alas, she got stuck with Dunn instead, but her husband and three children are worth the sacrifice. 


Ginger Park
Ginger Park is an award-winning author of five children’s books, an adult novel, a memoir, and a cookbook. Her forthcoming middle grade novel The Hundred Choices Department Store will be published by Fitzroy Books, Spring 2022. Ginger’s book awards include the IRA Children’s Book Award, Paterson Prize for Books for Young People, The Joan G. Sugarman Children’s Book Award, Outstanding Merit, Best Children’s Books of the Year, Bank Street College, Parents’ Choice Award, A Junior Library Guild Selection, IRA-CBC Teachers’ Choice Award, and NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People Children’s Book Award, among others. When she’s not writing or spending treasured time with her human and fur baby family, she’s usually at her chocolate shop, located in Washington, D.C., having fun. 


Timothy Young
As a child, Timothy Young always wondered who made the toys he played with, who wrote and illustrated the books he read and who made the cartoons he watched. He grew up to be one of the people who got to do all of them. Timothy Young is the author/illustrator of 15 books including I Hate Picture Books!, The Angry Little Puffin, and the unusually titled untitled. He has designed toys, worked in animation and done other creative jobs. He has illustrated books for other authors and has is first 2 board books coming out this fall. Career highlights include being the Head Model-maker for the Penny cartoons on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, building Muppets for Jim Henson and sculpting the first Simpsons toys. He is also the creator of the pool toy The Chicken Fight Game.

Lisa Crayton (Moderator)
 A former corporate editor and writer for multi-million corporations, Lisa Crayton is a versatile African-American nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. Her background includes corporate publications management, public speaking, e-publishing, and freelance writing. She is an award-winning freelance writer, freelance editor, conference speaker, writing mentor, and multi-published author of 15 books, including 14 children’s nonfiction books. Recent titles include two books on race relations. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University, and her dual Bachelor of Arts in PR/Journalism from Utica College.

Please note: SCBWI Members must be logged into their account in order to register. Nonmembers may access this webinar only by registering for Show & Tell 2021: An Online Pitch Event.

Registration will close on March 19, 2021.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar.

Recording information will be sent out to registered participants on the day after the live webinar.