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FREE Webinar: Tips for Great Critique Groups with Laura Gehl

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Date(s) - 05/09/2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Tips for Great Critique Groups with Laura Gehl

90 minute webinar

Saturday, May 9, 12:00 Noon Eastern/11:00 AM Central/10:00 AM Mountain/9:00 AM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: FREE! Non-members: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: FREE! Non-members: $25

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

Optional written critique from a Published and Listed Member following webinar: $70.00 (see below for complete list of critiquers)

Behind every great writer is a great critique group. Learn tips for forming a critique group, being a valuable critique group member, how to handle negative feedback, and what to do when your critique group doesn’t agree. Most importantly, learn how to use feedback from your critique partners to make your manuscript the best it can be.

About the presenter:

Laura Gehl is the author of nearly twenty picture and board books with humor and heart, including ONE BIG PAIR OF UNDERWEAR (Mathical Award, Booklist Editors’ Choice); the PEEP AND EGG series (Children’s Choice Book Award Finalist, Parents’ Choice Recommendation); I GOT A CHICKEN FOR MY BIRTHDAY (a Kirkus best picture book of the year, Washington Children’s Choice Book Award nominee); MY PILLOW KEEPS MOVING (a Junior Library Guild selection, New York Public Library best books of the year selection); and EXCEPT WHEN THEY DON’T (Northern Lights Book Award for poetry, School Library Journal starred review). Her 2020 releases include BABY PALEONTOLOGIST (HarperCollins), THE NINJA CLUB SLEEPOVER (Page Street Kids), CAT HAS A PLAN (Simon & Schuster), and JUDGE JULIETTE (Sterling). Laura lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland with her husband and four kids. She loves chocolate, walking in the woods, travel, and reading–in almost every combination! Find her online at lauragehl.com.

 


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the live event will close on May 8, 2020.  Registration for recording-only access will close on May 9, 2020.

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Access information for the live webinar will be sent to all registered attendees via email on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Detailed submission instructions for critiques will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option. You do not need to submit anything now.

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Add-on Critiques Available!

Cost: $70

Types of critique available:

  • Picture book or board book critique: 1 manuscript (max 10 pages) in a Word or pdf file.
  • Other manuscript critiques: first 10 pages in a Word or pdf file.
  • Illustrator portfolio critique: up to 20 images either as a link to your website portfolio or as a single pdf file.
  • Dummy: one dummy as a single pdf file.

Each critiquer accepts only certain types of materials for critique. See the information below to find out which crtiquers handle which kinds of materials. You are responsible for ensuring that you are purchasing a critique that matches your work. 

Critiquers:

Lenore Appelhans 
Lenore Appelhans is the award-winning author of picture books and young adult novels. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her publications include The Memory Chronicles duology (S&S 2013, 2014), The Manic Pixie Dream Boy Improvement Project (Lerner 2019), Chick-O-Saurus Rex (S&S 2013 under the name Lenore Jennewein) and several forthcoming (not yet announced) new books. Lenore is both ambivert and Syther-puff. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Young adult fiction.

 

Monica S. Baker 
Monica S. Baker has her MFA in Writing for Children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, wrote for  Science Weekly for seven years, and is the author of the middle grade novel Freestyle, Schiffer Books.  Monica writes picture book, middle grade and young YA, teaches creative writing to children and teens, and is a regional judge for the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Fun fact: Monica was also a Young Voices panelist for Washington D.C.’s 2019 Comic Con! Monica is a freelance editor and is proficient in all levels of editing, developmental through copy and line editing. As editor, she has a keen eye on story structure, development, grammar, word choice (to include leveled language), and spelling, all the while striving to maintain the author’s voice. Critiquing: 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.

 

Veronica Bartles
Veronica Bartles, author of The Princess and the Frogs and the YA novel Twelve Steps, believes there are many sides to every story, and she’s determined to discover every single one, with the magical question: “What if?” Her workshops and presentations, such as “How to Fracture a Fairy Tale” and “Writing a Cake” are designed to encourage kids of all ages to explore their own creativity. As the MD/DE/WV/VA/DC Read Local Coordinator for the past 4 years, Veronica has worked with many authors, teachers, and librarians to develop engaging and exciting presentations. Find her on Twitter at @vbartles or online at vbartles.comCritiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Middle grade fiction; Young adult fiction. (No horror).

 

Robin Blasberg
Robin Blasberg writes stories, poems, and plays for children and youth. Her newest story, The Adventures of Captain Sundae, can be found online here. Her comedic plays have been published by YouthPLAYS and licensed through Drama Notebook. Her writing can also be found in popular children’s magazines, including the June 2019 issue of Highlights High Five as well as the July/August 2019 issue of Cricket Media’s Ladybug. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and was awarded the SCBWI MD/DE/WV Region Jack Reid Memorial Scholarship in 2018. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Early reader/chapter book fiction; Middle grade fiction; Young adult fiction; Poetry/novels in verse. (No science fiction or fantasy.)

 

Lisa Crayton
A former corporate editor and writer for multi-million corporations, Lisa Crayton is a versatile African-American nonfiction writer with more than 30 years’ experience. Her background includes corporate publications management, public speaking, e-publishing, and freelance writing. She is an award-winning freelance writer, freelance editor, conference speaker, writing mentor, and multi-published author of 15 books, including 14 children’s nonfiction books. Recent titles include two books on race relations. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from National University, and her dual Bachelor of Arts in PR/Journalism from Utica College. CritiquingEarly reader/chapter book nonfiction; Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult nonfiction.

 

Lulu Delacre
Bilingual author illustrator Lulu Delacre was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Her books have won the Pura Belpré Honor, the Orbis Pictus Honor, and made the New York Time Bestseller List. Her 42 titles include Arroz con Leche: Popular Songs and Rhymes from Latin America, in print for over 30 years, and Us in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos. She’s the illustrator of Turning Pages by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The RIF Champion of Literacy author’s latest title is Luci Soars. Lulu has exhibited at the Carle Museum, the Zimmerli Museum, and the Cato Institute among other venues. She loves to read, garden, cook, travel, visit with students, and learn new things. Visit her at www.luludelacre.com. CritiquingPicture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Picture book dummy; Illustrator portfolio review.

 

Melody DeLeon
Melody DeLeon is a long time member of SCWBI and has been writing for many years across all genres. She currently writes YA and MG fantasy fiction. Critiquing: Middle grade fiction; Young adult fiction.

 

 

 

J.H. Diehl
J.H. Diehl’s middle grade novel, Tiny Infinities (Chronicle), is a Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a Mighty Girl Book of the Year. “Diehl has a lovely writing style and wastes no time,” says Kirkus. Tiny Infinities is a “keenly perceptive and nuanced story,” says Booklist, and VOYA calls it “a well-paced and inspiring story of family and friendship reminiscent of the kind by Katherine Applegate and Lauren Myracle.” Diehl’s fact-filled picture books Loon Chase and Three Little Beavers (both Arbordale) concern the impacts of human recreation on wildlife. Born in Washington, DC, she started her career as a journalist, has an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has worked as a teacher of writing for students of all ages, and as a writer of leveled readers and ELA content for education publishers. More at www.jhdiehl.com. Critiquing: 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; Poetry/novels in verse; Informational fiction.

 

Meg Eden
Meg Eden 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). Find her online at www.megedenbooks.com or on Twitter at @ConfusedNarwhal.  Critiquing: Middle grade fiction; Young adult fiction; Poetry/novels in verse.

 

 

Rebecca Evans
Rebecca Evans worked for nine years as an artist and designer before returning to her first love: children’s book illustration and writing. She has illustrated fourteen picture books, as well as nine middle grade readers and has authored one picture book. She lives in Maryland with her husband and four young children, shares her love of literature and art regularly at schools, teaches art at the Performing and Visual Arts school, is co-RA for her regional SCBWI, and works from her home studio whenever time permits. Rebecca’s boundless imagination enjoys free rein at www.rebeccaevans.net. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Early reader/chapter book fiction; Graphic novels; Graphic novel dummy; Picture book dummy; Illustrator portfolio review.

 

Laura Gehl
See presenter bio above.  Critiquing: Board book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – fiction.

 

 

 

Kerry G. Johnson
Kerry is an award-winning artist and art director whose work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, books and on websites and blogs. Kerry has illustrated several children’s books. Kerry is a hands-on creative director with the vision to inspire, collaborate and execute sophisticated design and illustrative solutions with dynamic graphic excellence. Critiquing: Graphic novels; Graphic novel dummy; Picture book dummy; Illustrator portfolio review.

 

Rachel Kolar
Rachel Kolar is the author of Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters, as well as several dark speculative fiction stories for adults. A graduate of Kenyon College, Rachel lives with her husband and children in Laurel, where they enjoy hiking, playing overly complicated board games, and plotting new ways to terrorize trick-or-treaters. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Young adult fiction; Poetry/novels in verse (rhyme only).

 

Kathy MacMillan
Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. She writes picture books (the Little Hands Signing series and The Runaway Shirt, Familius Press), children’s nonfiction (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Familius Press), middle grade fantasy (Chronicles of Cavallon series, Arena), and young adult fantasy (Compton Crook Award finalist  Sword and Verse and its companion novel, Dagger and Coin, both HarperTeen). She has also published 8 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 represented by Steven Malk at Writers House. Critiquing: 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.

 

Ann McCallum Staats
Ann McCallum Staats is an award-winning author of several children’s books including the upcoming Thrill-Seekers, a book about bold and daring women in action sports. Another recent book, Women Heroes of the US Army, highlights the role women have played in America’s army from early times until today. Next is her Eat Your Homework series, a set of concept cookbooks that pair fun concepts with delicious recipes such as Tessellating Brownies, Black Hole Swallow-Ups, or Fraction Chips. Ann is represented by James McGowan at BookEnds Literary. Along with writing, she is currently a high school teacher in Maryland, though she started her teaching career in a one-room schoolhouse in northern Canada. She enjoys reading, writing, traveling, and spending time with family. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Middle grade fiction: Middle grade nonfiction.

 

John Micklos, Jr.
John Micklos, Jr. has written more than 50 children’s books spanning a wide range of ages and genres. His work includes picture books, poetry books, and numerous nonfiction books. Popular titles include One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me! published by Penguin/Nancy Paulsen Books, which was chosen for inclusion as a selection in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. John’s other books include 125 True Stories of Amazing Pets (contributor), published by National Geographic Kids, Beach Fun: Poems of Surf and Sand, The Sound in the Basement, and 125 Cute Animals (contributor). He also has written dozens of biographies, history books, and social studies books for educational publishers such as Capstone and Cavendish Square. John has presented at the regional SCBWI conference and has conducted writing workshops at numerous schools. He is a founding member of the northern Delaware SCBWI critique group. JohnMicklosWriter.comCritiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Early reader/chapter book nonfiction; Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult nonfiction; Poetry/novels in verse.

 

Naomi Milliner
Too short to play basketball and too squeamish to be a surgeon, Naomi Milliner opted to pursue the glamorous career of children’s author. It only took sixteen years to get her debut novel, Super Jake & The King of Chaos, published. Naomi served as Critique Coordinator for the MD/DE/WV region for many years, and created the Authors Book Club. She lives with her husband, sons, and two ridiculously spoiled felines in Maryland. Critiquing: Early reader/chapter book fiction; Early reader/chapter book nonfiction; Middle grade fiction; Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult fiction ; Young adult nonfiction. (Contemporary preferred.)

 

Katia Raina
When she was a child, Katia Raina played at construction sites and believed in magic mirrors. She emigrated from Russia at the age of almost sixteen. A former journalist and currently a middle school English teacher in Washington, D.C., she has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and adores nerding out about the writing process. She lives with her family just outside of D.C., and still believes in magic. Katia’s critically acclaimed young adult novel Castle of Concrete debuted last year from Young Europe Books, a literary press. Critiquing: Young adult fiction; Poetry/novels in verse.

 

Catherine Reef
Catherine Reef has written more than 40 nonfiction books for young readers and adults. Recent titles include Sarah Bernhardt: The Divine and Dazzling Life of the World’s First Superstar, Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse, and Frida and Diego: Art, Love, Life. She is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award, which recognizes her outstanding contribution to nonfiction literature for children. She has received the Sydney Taylor Award and the Joan B. Sugarman Children’s Book Award, as well as Americas Award, Jefferson Cup, and National Jewish Book Award Honors. In addition, her books frequently garner starred reviews and appear on end-of-year “best” lists. Critiquing: Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult nonfiction.

 

Kelly Anne White
Kelly Anne White is Executive Director of LitPick, a national reading and writing initiative. She is the award-winning author of The Legend of the Fairy Stones, The Bible Adventure Book of Scavenger Hunts, and other books for kids. Kelly has edited hundreds of books in nearly every genre for HarperCollins, Kirkus Media, Guideposts Books, and more. Prior to her ventures into book publishing, Kelly was longtime Executive Editor of Girls’ Life magazine. She is an instructor for The PEN Institute, and she conducts publishing courses at Morgan State University. Kelly is a lesson designer on SchoolhouseTeachers.com and a regular contributor to Clubhouse magazine. Kelly is actively involved in the Chincoteague Storytelling Guild, and she is a program mentor for the American Folklore Society. Kelly is represented by literary agency Legacy Management. Critiquing: 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; Poetry/novels in verse; Graphic novels.

 

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