SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Intensives

Optional Writer and Illustrator Post-Conference Intensives 

Sunday, September 11, 2022, 2:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. | Pre-registration required. Limited space.

Additional Fee: $75 for Roundtables, Craft, and Illustrator Intensives 

NOTE: If you’ve already registered and would like to add on an intensive, please contact the registrars Leigh Gaddy and Jackie Peveto at registrar.rmc.scbwi@gmail.com.

SCBWI Members Only (it’s not too late to join!)

Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference in order to register for an intensive.

There will be time before intensives for a lunch break. We recommend heading over the I-70 bypass to grab lunch at one of the restaurants.

 

Pre-register for one of the following:

 

Author Craft Intensive with Andrea Wang

In this intensive, Andrea will use a variety of techniques to help attendees take a deep dive into their memories and experiences in order to produce story/art ideas. Come prepared with paper or laptop as there will be a lot of guided freewriting. Sharing of responses/ideas is completely optional, so don’t let that stop you from attending! We’ll also talk about how to take those ideas and use them to create a story.

 

Illustrator Craft Intensive with Laurent Linn

What you present on your website, in your portfolio, and in art samples must show much more than a variety of what illustrations you can create. It should show that you can put into art all of the essential elements art directors, editors, and agents are looking for—in essence, all of the elements that make a children’s book accessible and exceptional. In this intensive, we will be exploring these elements and more to help your art stand out, whether intended for picture books, illustrated middle grade, graphic novels, or other formats.

PRE-ASSIGNMENT: Please submit one art sample image (it can either be an existing illustration or something you create new just for this intensive) that represents your best work.

*The illustration should be something that you would include in your portfolio and/or website (or currently have in your portfolio and/or website.)

*Send the image in an email as a JPEG or PDF to Heather at rmc-ic@scbwi.org by Friday, September 2, 2022.

During the intensive, Laurent Linn will present and give feedback and thoughts on each submitted illustration to help you make your art the best it can be.

Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference in order to register for an intensive.

 

Author and Illustrator Marketing Intensive with Janna Morishima

For writers and artists, learning how to write and draw a great story is only half the battle. You also have to learn how to market yourself effectively! In this roundtable, we’ll discuss what works and what doesn’t when it comes to putting yourself out there and selling both yourself and your work. Since this will be a roundtable format, each participant will share their successes and challenges, and we’ll crowdsource some of the best self-promotion strategies. We’ll share ways to improve our online platforms as we review each other’s websites and social media accounts in real time.

 

From Pitch to Plot to Winning Submission with Kaz Windness

How does an idea become a book? How do you get unstuck when a story idea is just not working? How do you hook an agent or publisher with your book idea?

This workshop will help you craft a winning elevator pitch (logline), expand it into a 3-Act Plot Structure, and provide tools to help you to develop your book idea into an irresistible pitch-perfect package, ready to submit and dazzle agents and publishers! This hands-on intensive will provide you with everything you need to turn an idea into a book. Kaz will share her secret formula to publishing success and answer all your burning questions.

This workshop is designed for picture book authors or illustrators who want to write picture books. Please come with a book idea featuring a main character that faces a problem.

 

Author Revision Intensive with Paige Terlip

Wrestling with your revisions? Sinking into an editorial pit of despair? Never fear! The Art of Revision intensive looks at the stages of the revision process and provides tips and tricks to navigate the frustrations and pitfalls of revision—from first to final draft. During this intensive workshop, we will break down strategies for revising from reconstructing character to perfecting pace as well as navigating the revise and resubmit process and breaking through creative blocks.