Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Creativity Building Book Club

Date(s) - 07/16/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Our next book club discussion will be led by Author, Christine Cohen.


Please Note: The date for this book discussion has been changed to Friday, July 17. Time remains the same, 7:00 PM (Pacific Time). Zoom invites to join the discussion will be sent from Inland NW SCBWI on Wednesday, July 15. 

After I finish a novel and before I send it off to an agent or editor, I like to reread Self-Editing for Fiction Writers. The advice that editors Renni Browne and Dave King give for polishing your book on the sentence level is invaluable, and applicable whether you’re working on a picture book, an early reader, or an adult novel.

Browne and King touch on the common mistakes writers make, from telling instead of showing to drifting subplots, from stilted dialogue to point of view shifts. This relatively short book is full of insights and information that will strengthen your craft. Each chapter ends with a checklist that I use as I work through my manuscript.

These days, editors at publishing houses are swamped with their current authors’ projects, not to mention the pile of submissions they receive from agents. Consequently, even if they get a manuscript that has an exciting premise and great characters, if the prose is weak, they’re likely to turn it down in favor of another submission that’s already polished and professional. If you want to give your manuscript the best chance at success, I highly recommend Self-Editing for Fiction Writers.

I hope you can join me on July 16th at 7pm to discuss how we can sharpen our inner editors!

(As a caveat, the editors pull examples from all across the literary spectrum, and some of them contain strong language or mature themes.)

Register below to receive the Zoom meeting link for the July CBBC discussion. There is no charge for INW members to register. We recommend purchasing this title from your local, independent bookstore. 


Christine Cohen was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She spent most of her formative years roaming evergreen forests with her sister and a stalwart yellow lab, feeding her love of adventure a steady diet of stick forts and slingshots. Now she lives with her husband and three kids in a delightfully rural college town. When she’s not writing, she pursues other creative outlets like baking sweet things and eating more than her share. The Winter King is her first novel.

You can read more about Christine and her new book, The Winter King, in this April 2020 Inlander article. Like her Facebook page for updates and information.