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Webinar: Break into the Work-for-Hire World: How to Meet the Needs of the Educational Market

Date(s) - 04/30/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Break into the Work-for-Hire World: How to Meet the Needs of the Educational Market

with Editor Judy Dick and Author Annette Whipple

2 hour webinar

Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25

Note: There are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinar live. If you know you will be viewing the recording only, please choose that option.

Add-on Critiques (Limited availability and available to SCBWI members only):

  • Optional written work for hire package critique with Annette Whipple following webinar (includes resume, cover letter, and one writing sample, total of 7 pages): $65.00
  • Optional written work for hire package critique with Judy Dick following webinar (includes resume, cover letter, and one writing sample, total of 7 pages): $65.00

Some say work-for-hire (WFH) is the publishing world’s best kept secret. If you enjoy researching and writing about new topics, both fiction and nonfiction, consider WFH, especially for the educational market. Participants will learn how to capture the attention of editors at educational publishers with appropriate resumes and samples. They’ll also find out about the ever-evolving variety of WFH projects, ranging from creative nonfiction to interactive media content. Discover how your unique talents can match the needs of educational publishers and identify the skills you’ll need to develop. If you love writing for children (K-12) and have a flair for simple storytelling, then the world of WFH publishing is for you!


About the presenters:

Judy Dick
As an editor, author, and illustrator, Judy Dick wears many hats. Judy is currently a Senior Content Developer at the Benchmark Education Company, where she works on leveled reader books, teacher resources, and literacy products for students. Prior to that, Judy was a Senior Editor at Scholastic. She oversaw the production of Geography Spin, a monthly map skills magazine, and wrote and edited articles for Scholastic News.  Other projects included The Holocaust Reader and Core Clicks, a digital reading program. She also co-illustrated the Shalom Coloring adult coloring book series and wrote the Building Jewish Identity textbook series for Behrman House. Judy holds degrees in art from Yeshiva University and Pratt Institute, as well as a Master’s in Education in the Teaching of Social Studies from Teachers College.



Annette Whipple
Annette Whipple celebrates curiosity and inspires a sense of wonder in young readers while exciting them about science and history. She’s the author of several fact-filled children’s books. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Companion: A Chapter-by-Chapter Guide (Chicago Review Press), Whooo Knew? The Truth about Owls (Reycraft Books), and The Story of the Wright Brothers (Rockridge Press) will release in 2020. Annette is a fact-loving, chocolate chip cookie-baking children’s nonfiction author living in Pennsylvania. Learn more about Annette’s books and presentations at





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 April 29.  Registration for recording access will close on April 30.

If you do not see a ticket below to attend the live webinar, that means this option is sold out. You may still register to receive the recording.

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 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.

Instructions for work for hire critiques submissions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option.

Payment options:
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