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Webinar: Revisions – How Much Revision is Too Much?

Date(s) - 10/02/2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Revisions: How Much Revision is Too Much? – Panel with Rebecca Balcárcel, Christina Soontornvat, and Ann Marie Stephens

90 minute Webinar

Saturday, October 2nd, 2021, 4 PM Eastern/3 PM Central/2 PM Mountain/1 PM Pacific

  • SCBWI Members: FREE
  • Non-members: $25

Optional Written Critique from Rebecca Balcárcel (Middle Grade Fiction or Young Adult Fiction) following live webinar:

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

Revisions can be frustrating but are an integral part of the writing process. Yet how do we know when our revisions are enough? In this webinar, panelists will discuss how to revise with impact, detailing their methods of getting a manuscript polished and ready for submission. Revision topics will include everything from making dialogue stand out to developing characters that shine. Panelists will review ways to tighten a story’s plot, manage its pacing, and interpret feedback constructively. These useful tips will speed up your revision process with effective edits, helping to end the cycle of revisions.


About the Presenters:

Rebecca Balcárcel
Rebecca Balcárcel’s novel, The Other Half of Happy, is a Pura Belpré Honor Book and was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels of 2019 as well as a Notable Book by American Library Services for Children. Rebecca pets her cat when she is not grading student essays or eating popcorn. She took her MFA from Bennington, and she chats about literature on her YouTube channel, SixMinuteScholar.



Christina Soontornvat
Christina Soontornvat is the award-winning author of over a dozen books for children. She writes the fantasy middle grade series, The Changelings, and the early chapter book series, Diary of an Ice Princess. Her most recent books include the middle grade fantasy, A Wish in the Dark, which was named a Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post and School Library Journal, and All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys’ Soccer Team, which received seven starred reviews, the NCTE Orbus Pictus Honor, and was a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalist.

Christina Soontornvat grew up behind the counter of her parents’ Thai restaurant in a small Texas town with her nose stuck in a book. She is very proud of both her Thai and her Texan roots, and makes regular trips to both Weatherford and Bangkok to see her beloved family members (and eat lots and lots of Thai food!). In addition to being an author, Christina holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a master’s degree in Science Education. She spent a decade working in the science museum field, where she designed programs and exhibits to get kids excited about science. She is passionate about STEM (science, technology engineering, and math), and loves learning new things. She lives in Austin, Texas with her husband, two young children, and one old cat.


Ann Marie Stephens
Ann Marie Stephens is the author of several picture books including Scuba Dog, Cy Makes a FriendArithmechicks Add UpArithmechicks Take Away, and CATastrophe!. She is an award-winning elementary teacher with over 30 years experience. She was a contributing writer for Kwame Alexander’s The Write Thing, a co-writer for Trait Crate Plus, and has had dozens of original ideas published in Instructor and The Mailbox magazines. Represented by Emily Mitchell at Wernick and Pratt Agency, Ann Marie is a seasoned presenter for both children and adults. She blogs for teachers at When she isn’t writing or teaching, she’s off scuba diving somewhere tropical. You can find her on Facebook, Ann Marie Stephens (AMStephensAuthor), and on Instagram and Twitter @AMStephens_.



 Sharada Vibhakar (Moderator)
Sharada Vibhakar (she/her) joined SCBWI in 2012, continually inspired to write by the creative insights of SCBWI’s regional events. She is a pre-published author of a middle grade fantasy, which was the winner of the Ink and Insights Competition and shortlisted for the A. Orr SCBWI Fantasy Grant. Born in West Virginia and raised in a Pittsburgh suburb, Sharada has lived with her family in Maryland for the past twenty years. Sharada serves as Volunteer Coordinator for SCBWI MD/DE/WV. You can find her on Twitter @SharadaVibhakar.



To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for webinar and critiques will close on October 1.

A recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day. Those who purchase critiques will receive submission instructions via email on the day after the live webinar.

NOTE: Please do not sign up for coveted and limited critique slots if you are unable to make the deadlines outlined. We will be unable to issue refunds for missed deadlines.