Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2022 Picture Book Webinar Series

Date(s) - 03/19/2022
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Registration for this event is now closed.


Tuesday, January 4 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time


with Author, Beth Ferry 

This presentation will focus on the important part that revision plays in writing a picture book. It will offer ideas for thinking about your manuscript in new ways, polishing the prose and considering the many different facets that are required for a successful story.

Saturday, February 19 9:00 AM Pacific Time

MORE THAN FANCY WRITING: Finding that solid hook in your picture book

with Literary Agent, Rachel Orr

These days, a story needs to be more than just beautifully written in order to catch the eye of an agent or editor. It needs to have some kind of a hook. Using examples from recent client sales, Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency will discuss the importance of understanding the market and considering how a picture book is going to stand apart from the crowd. Writers will be encouraged to think about their audience, the takeaway of their story, seasonal sales opportunities, and timing of submissions—all without overthinking it. A brief Q&A will follow.

Saturday, March 19 at 10:30 AM Pacific Time 

Crafting a Successful Picture Book Ending

with Editor, Julie Bliven

Examine and discuss fiction picture books with memorable endings. What makes an ending feel especially satisfying? How does your character’s arc contribute to an ending that feels right? Consider ways to avoid summarizing, to trust your reader, and to strategically build up to an ending that encourages multiple reads.  



Beth Ferry is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous picture books, including Stick and Stone, The Scarecrow and Swashby and the Sea. She lives with her family by the beach in New Jersey, where she finds inspiration in the salty air. In addition to writing picture books, Beth also writes graphic novels for emerging readers. You can learn more at

Beth’s Books




Image of Rachel Orr, standing on the beach.Rachel Orr is celebrating her fourteenth year at Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from picture books through YA. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children’s Books and uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients’ work for submission. Her clients include Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Chicks Rock!), Cori Doerrfeld (The Rabbit Listened), Leeza Hernandez (Did You Burp?), Yuko Katakawa (Let’s Scare Bear) and Keith and Larissa Marantz (Clyde Likes to Ride). Rachel lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and two children, where she enjoys dancing, running and reading, of course.




Julie Bliven is editor at Charlesbridge, where she has edited more than seventy titles, including fiction and nonfiction board books, picture books, and middle-grade novels. Julie holds an M.A. in Children’s Literature from Simmons University, where she has taught and mentored students in the University’s M.F.A. program. She has also served as a member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Initiative. @Julie_Bliven






–Early Bird pricing for the full series will run November 10 – January 4 (10:00 AM PST). SCBWI Members can register for all 4 webinars @ $35.

Early bird pricing has come to an end.

–Starting January 4, SCBWI Members can register for Rachel Orr’s and/or Julie Bliven’s individual webinars @ $15 each.

–Recordings will not be sold after the registration cut-off dates (noted on the tickets below).

–All registrations are final. We are unable to add (or subtract) webinars once you have made your selection(s) and completed registration.



–Live webinars will be hosted by SCBWI Inland Northwest on Zoom. We are in the Pacific Time Zone.

–Each webinar will be recorded. The recording will be viewable for 30 days following the live event.

–A link to join the live event will be sent by email 1 day before the event.

–A link to view the recording will be sent by email within 24 hours following the live event.

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