Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

3-Webinar Series: The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell with Kathy MacMillan

Date(s) - 01/12/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


3-Webinar Series: The Secrets of Show, Don’t Tell with Kathy MacMillan

Each webinar is 90 minutes long

Tuesdays at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

  • Part 1: January 12, 2021
  • Part 2: January 19, 2021
  • Part 3: January 26, 2021

SCBWI Members: $40

Nonmembers: $75

Registrants will receive a link to the recording the day after the live webinars. Recordings of all three webinars will be available registrants though February 27, 2021. Registration will remain open until January 26, 2021. If you register after the series has begun, you will receive links to the recordings for the sessions you missed.

Optional Add-on critiques:

  • First Page Critique: $25
  • Query Letter Critique: $25
  • 10-Page Manuscript Critique: $70


It’s the feedback every writer dreads: your manuscript has too much telling, and not enough showing. But what can you do about it?  Kathy MacMillan breaks down what it really means to “show, don’t tell” in relation to every aspect of your writing from character development to plot, and in every stage from manuscript to pitch. She’ll share a dozen “Showing Secrets” – actionable revision steps that you can use right away to breathe new life into your writing.

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 lives in Baltimore, MD. Find her online at or on Twitter and Instagram at @kathys_quill.  Critiquing: Query letters and manuscript pages for the following categories: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Early reader/chapter book fiction; Early reader/chapter book nonfiction; Middle grade fiction; Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult fiction; Young adult nonfiction; Informational fiction.


To register, fill out the form below.  You must be logged in to your SCBWI member account in order to register. 

Access information for each live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar. Recording access information will be sent out on the day following the live webinar.

If you purchase an add-on critique, you will receive submissions instructions via email on January 13, 2021 (or within 72 hours of registration for those registering after that time). Critique submissions will be due by February 15, 2021. You do not need to submit anything now.