Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

FREE Webinar: Professional Communication for Authors and Illustrators with Kathy MacMillan

Date(s) - 12/08/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Webinar: Professional Communication for Authors and Illustrators with Kathy MacMillan

90 minute Webinar

Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific


The recording of this webinar will be made available for free to all SCBWI members at this page our region website beginning December 9.  Registration is only required for the live event.


From query letters to follow up emails, from fielding requests from bloggers to raising concerns with an agent, the life of an author or illustrator is filled with communication – and your ability to express yourself clearly and professionally has a huge impact on your career, whether you are brand-new to publishing or have several books in print. In this session, we’ll cover best practices for communicating professionally in a digital world, including writing effective query and cover letters, following up on submissions, dealing with emotionally charged topics, communicating with publishing professionals, bloggers, fans, and peers, and how to stand up for yourself in writing without being a jerk.


About the presenter:

Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter, librarian,  and signing storyteller.  She writes picture books, children’s nonfiction, and middle grade and young adult fiction. Her debut young adult novel, Sword and Verse (2016) was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award. She has also published eight resource books for educators, librarians, and parents. Kathy serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is the founder and lead administrator for the Sweet Sixteens debut author group. She lives in Baltimore, MD. Find her online at or on Twitter and Instagram at @kathys_quill.


The recording will be made available to SCBWI Members for free at this link beginning December 9.

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