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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

6-Webinar Series: Summer Springboard for Writers

Date(s) - 07/07/2020
10:00 am - 10:30 am


6-Webinar Series: Summer Springboard for Writers
Presented by Kathy MacMillan

6 week series; each webinar is 30 minutes long

Your registration covers all 6 webinars in the series.

Tuesdays July 7-August 11, 2020 at 10 AM Eastern/9 AM Central/8 AM Mountain/7 AM Pacific

Registration to view all 6 webinars live and access recordings: SCBWI Members: $30; Non-members: $75
Registration to access recordings only for all 6 webinars: SCBWI Members: $30; Non-members: $75

Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinars live. If you know that you will only be viewing the recordings, then please choose the recordings-only ticket. 

Registration will remain open through August 11, 2020. 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: 

  • Query letter or first page critique: $25.00
  • Synopsis critique: $50.00
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00
  • Nonfiction proposal critique (up to 10 pages): $70.00

About the webinar series:

Spring into to your writing time with these mini-webinars, designed to focus on the details of craft. Each lesson will give you specific, actionable steps you can take to improve your writing right away – and offer activities and prompts to practice your new skill, complete with presenter Q&A time. Watch live or recorded at the beginning of your writing time and get inspired!

Weekly topics:

  • July 7: Big Picture Story Framing
  • July 14: Dazzling Dialogue
  • July 21: Meaningful Action
  • July 28: Compelling Details
  • August 7: Emboldening Each Line
  • August 11: Taking the Reader Along

About the presenter:

Kathy MacMillan is an author, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. She has published 18 books for children, teens, and adults, including picture books (the Little Hands Signings series and The Runaway Shirt from Familius Press); children’s nonfiction (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Familius Press), young adult (Compton Crook Award Finalist Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin, HarperTeen), and adult nonfiction (Little Hands and Big Hands, Huron Street Press, as well as multiple books for ALA Editions).  She has worked with book packagers (including the Chronicles of Cavallon series for Working Partners under the pen name Kim Forester) and work for hire, in addition to publishing with both small and large presses. Kathy is represented by Steven Malk of Writers House. She serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Critiquing: Query letters, synopsis, 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. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Your registration covers all 6 webinars in the series. Registration will remain open through August 11, 2020. If you register after the series begins, you will receive links to the recordings for the live sessions that have already passed.

If you do not see an option to register for the live webinars below, that means this ticket is sold out. You may still register to receive recording access. Recordings will be available through September 12, 2020.

Access information for each live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information on 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

Those who select add-on critiques may submit their critique material anytime between July 14 and August 11, 2020. Detailed submission instructions will be sent out weekly to those registered for critiques beginning July 8. You do not need to submit anything now.

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

-Online with a PayPal account balance


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Ticket Information

Nonmember - Live webinar and recording access - $75.00

Nonmember - Recording access ONLY (If you do not see an option for the live webinar, then ONLY recording access tickets are left - $75.00

SCBWI Member - Live webinar and recording access - $30.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

SCBWI Member - Recording access ONLY (If you do not see an option for the live webinar, then ONLY recording access tickets are left - $30.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.

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