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Summer Springboard: Presenting Your Public Face – presentation skills and event planning for authors (8-week series)

Date(s) - 06/08/2022
7:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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8-Webinar Series: Summer Springboard 2022: Presenting Your Public Face – presentation skills and event planning for authors
Presented by Caroline Leech 

8-week series/8 webinars; each webinar is 30 minutes long.

Your registration covers all 8 webinars in the series.

Dates and time:
Wednesday evenings June 8-July 27, 2022 at 7:30pm Eastern/6:30 PM Central/5:30 PM Mountain/4:30 PM Pacific 

(Sessions: June 8, 15, 22, 29; July 6, 13, 20, 27)

Register to view all 8 webinars live and access recordings:

  • SCBWI Members: $40
  • Non-members: $90

Registration will remain open through July 26, 2022. If you register after the series begins, you will receive links to the recordings for the live sessions that have already passed.

Optional Written Critique from Caroline Leech following live webinar 

  • First page critique: $25  
  • Query letter critique: $25 
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70


Webinar series description:

Join me and learn how to present yourself as a professional author in this eight-week series. We’ll be covering topics such as: speaking effectively in public, reading confidently from your books, planning and promoting brilliant book launches/events, creating fascinating speeches and workshops for presentation in schools/conferences/book clubs, creating powerful newsletters and blog posts, getting yourself interviewed on podcasts, radio and TV, and presenting as a professional and interesting author in these interviews. Each week’s webinar will have a downloadable worksheet to help you work through the topic discussed.

Presenter bio

Caroline Leech
is a Scottish/Texan writer, editor and coach, and has been writing professionally for over three decades. Before moving to the USA, she was a Press & PR consultant and trainer in strategic press, media and presentation skills, working with performing and literary arts companies and arts trade organizations across the United Kingdom. Once in Houston, she began to write fiction, and her YA historical novels, WAIT FOR ME (2017) and IN ANOTHER TIME (2018) were published in the US and the UK by Harper Collins. She currently has her first women’s fiction manuscript out on submission. She founded the Inspiring Houston Women blog, serves on the advisory board of Inprint, Houston’s leading literary non-profit organization, and acts as communications consultant for Austin Opera. She has also continued to write feature articles on the performing arts for a number of newspapers and magazines in the US and UK.  Throughout her time in Texas, she has been designing and presenting workshops on creative writing craft, social media strategy, and on interview and presentation skills for individuals and organizations such as SCBWI, Houston Grand Opera, Rice University School of Literacy and Culture, as well as schools in Houston ISD and in the UK.


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the webinar and critiques will close on July 26, 2022.

International members only: If our payment system isn’t processing your credit card or PayPal payment, email to request an alternate method of payment. Please include your name and address in your request.

Access information for each live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information for the recording will be sent out the following day. If you have not received the access link 60 minutes before the live webinar, please email

Recordings will be available through Aug 27, 2022.

Those who select add-on critiques will receive detailed submission instructions on July 29, with critique submissions due by August 27.

Payment options:
-Online with a credit card

-Online through PayPal using a credit card or PayPal account balance

NOTE: Please do not sign up for coveted and limited critique slots if you are unable to make the deadlines outlined. We will be unable to issue refunds for missed deadlines.