Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

All About the Middle: Writing for the MG Audience with Leah Henderson

Date(s) - 06/26/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Rocky Mountain Chapter is proud to host award-winning author Leah Henderson for our next webinar!

Event description:

Middle grade novels are all about heart, voice, character and answering the questions young readers are exploring. During this workshop, we will discuss essential elements surrounding and running through captivating middle grade novels including character arc, setting, plot turns, and voice to find the heart of the middle grade story audiences are searching for.


About Leah:

Leah Henderson is the author of the middle grade novels The Magic in Changing Your Stars, a SCBWI Golden Kite Award finalist and One Shadow on the Wall, a Children’s Africana Book Award notable, and a Bank Street Best Book. Her picture books include Mamie on the Mound, Together We March, and the forthcoming A Day for Rememberin’, Daddy Speaks Love and Your Voice, Your Vote. Her writing is also including in the YA anthology Black Enough: Stories of Being Young and Black in America and Calling the Moon. Leah holds an MFA in Writing and is on faculty in Spalding University’s School of Creative and Professional Writing.

You can find her on Twitter @LeahsMark or at her website:


Leah’s books may be viewed and purchased from Second Star to the Right Books here.



Saturday, June 26, 2021

10:00 – 11:30 AM MDT/12:00 – 1:30PM EDT

*Can’t attend live? Not to worry! All registered attendees will receive links to the video replay of the workshop approximately 48 hours afterward, which will be available until July 26, 2021.


REGISTER: by June 25, 2021 (scroll down for registration fields)


COST:   SCBWI Member  $15   NONMEMBER  $25.00

We will use as the hosting platform. You will receive a link to the webinar a few days prior to the event. The day of the webinar, simply click on the link. You may be asked to download the ZOOM program. This is perfectly safe to do and allows you access to the presentation.  is the default online meeting platform for SCBWI.

SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing.

Registered attendees will receive a link to the event a few days before as well as the day of the event.


Terms and Conditions:
By signing up for this event, the registrant acknowledges that audio taping, videotaping and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the webinar is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder.

There are no refunds for this event.

If you have questions or experience problems with registration, contact Jerilyn Patterson at