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8-Webinar Series: Summer Springboard for Writers with Meg Eden

Date(s) - 06/09/2021
10:00 am - 10:30 am


8-Webinar Series: Summer Springboard for Writers
Presented by Meg Eden

8 week series; each webinar is 30 minutes long

Your registration covers all 8 webinars in the series.

Wednesdays June 9-July 28, 2021 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central/8 AM Mountain/7 AM Pacific

Registration to view all 8 webinars live and access recordings:

  • SCBWI Members: $40
  • Non-members: $100

Registration will remain open through July 28, 2021. If you register after the series begins, you will receive links to the recordings for the live sessions that have already passed.

Optional written critiques from the presenter following the series: 

  • Query letter critique: $25.00
  • First page critique: $25.00
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

About the webinar series:

Spend this summer diving into your writing with our Summer Springboard series! In this course, we’ll explore some of the key components that make for good writing in kidlit craft. We’ll partake in exercises to strengthen our own craft, while also reading and dissecting specific examples from contemporary kidlit for what they do well (and in some cases, perhaps not as well). We’ll discuss topics including:

  • The Hook (openings)
  • Plot, energy and “The Bones” (narrative structure)
  • Voice and Personality
  • Point of View
  • Form and Objects
  • Revision
  • Business Informing Craft
  • Reviewing Books You Love (and Hate!)

Our examples will largely come from middle grade and young adult novels, but principles will still apply to other genres including nonfiction and picture books.

About the presenter:

Meg Eden is a 2020 Pitch Wars mentee, and her work is published or forthcoming in magazines including Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, Crab Orchard Review, RHINO and CV2. She teaches creative writing at Anne Arundel Community College. She is the author of five poetry chapbooks, the novel Post-High School Reality Quest (2017), and the poetry collection Drowning in the Floating World (2020). She runs the Magfest MAGES Library blog, which posts accessible academic articles about video games. Find her online at or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.  Critiquing: Query letters and manuscript pages for the following categories: Middle grade fiction; Young adult fiction; Poetry/novels in verse.


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Your registration covers all 8 webinars in the series. Registration will remain open through July 28, 2021. If you register after the series begins, you will receive links to the recordings for the live sessions that have already passed.

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 August 29, 2021.

Those who select add-on critiques will receive detailed submission instructions on July 29, with critique submissions due by August 6.

Payment options:
-Online with a credit card (processed through PayPal, no account required)

-Online with a PayPal account balance


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Nonmember - Live webinar and recording access - $100.00

SCBWI Member - Live webinar and recording access - $40.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

Event Extras

Add-on critiques from Meg Eden following the series

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