Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Picture Book Webinar Series

Date(s) - 01/19/2019 - 02/09/2019
9:00 am - 10:00 am

This event is sold out.


Are you signed up for our Webinar Series, but can’t find your webinar invite?


**Invites are sent by email every Wednesday. You should receive an email on Jan. 16th, 23rd, 30th, and February 6th.


**Please add inlandnw at scbwi dot org to your email contacts.

**Check your SPAM folder.


**If you wake up Thursday morning, and you don’t have an invitation, please email us at the address above. If you email us on Saturday morning, we can’t guarantee we’ll see the email before the webinar begins. 


**Recordings are sent on Saturdays, about an hour (or so) after the live event.  Again, feel free to email us if you do not receive an email by Sunday morning. 


If you paid for a manuscript critique, submissions are due on January 19th. Submission instructions have been emailed to everyone that signed up and paid for a critique. 


Thanks again for joining us! See you on Saturday.

Deep Dive into Picture Books


Early Bird registration opens December 26th. Get all four webinars for $60. Add a manuscript critique for $45.

If space remains after Early Bird pricing, we’ll open tickets to individual webinars beginning January 20th. The price for individual webinars will be $20 for SCBWI members, $35 for non-members. (FYI, our 2018 webinar series sold out during Early Bird registration.)

The Program:

January 19th – What is a Picture Book? Discover all that a picture book can be with Author, Alice B. McGinty. From non-fiction to quirky humor, Alice will show you how a deeper understanding of your book ideas can improve your writing and help you sell your manuscripts.

January 26th – Literary Agent Jenna Pocius dives into the picture book market with a look at what’s selling right now, what editors are asking for, and tips for wowing a literary agent.

February 2nd –  Executive Editor Andrea Welch goes below the surface of the 32 page picture book. After this presentation you’ll fully fathom the importance of building a solid story structure.

February 9th – For our final webinar, Corinna Luyken shares how she plunges into the creative process to discover the heart of her stories.

Live webinars air at 9 am Pacific Time. Recordings can be watched at a time that’s convenient for you through February 28th.


The Presenters:

Alice B. McGinty is the award-winning author of over 40 books for children, including the 2015 Sydney Taylor Notable book, Rabbi Benjamin’s Buttons (Charlesbridge, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt) and the picture book biography, Gandhi: A March To the Sea (Amazon Children’s Publishing, illustrated by Thomas Gonzales), which was awarded as an honor book for the 2014 South Asia Book Award for Children’s And Young Adult Literature. Alice looks forward to the upcoming release of seven books: Pancakes to Parathas: Breakfast Around the World (Feb, 2019, Little Bee Books)The Girl Who Named Pluto: The Story of Venetia Burney (May, 2019, Schwartz and Wade Books), Bathe the Cat (2020, Chronicle Books, illustrated by David Roberts), The Sea Knows (with co-author Alan Havis, 2020, Simon and Schuster, illustrated by Stephanie Laberis), The Water Lady (Schwartz and Wade Books), Truck Says Moo (Chronicle Books), A Story for Small Bear (Schwartz and Wade Books)


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Agent Jenna Pocius of Red Fox Literary has a background in children’s editorial and is also a children’s book author (Robyn Hood series, ABDO 2019). During her time as an editor she acquired everything from board books to YA novels, and many of her books have gone on to receive starred reviews and awards, including The Wonderful Habitsof Rabbits by Douglas Florian and Smallby Gina Perry. As an agent she’s had numerous exciting sales since joining Red Fox in July 2017, including the forthcoming picture books This is a Sea Cowby Cassandra Federman (Albert Whitman, Fall 2019); Betty Robinsonby Allison Crotzer Kimmel (HarperCollins, Summer 2020); The Longest Letsgoboyby Derick Wilder (Chronicle, Spring 2021); and more.

Jenna is looking for character-driven novels with strong voice and world-building, picture books with STEM connections, and stories across age groups that highlight female empowerment and diversity, especially #ownvoices. She is also a sucker for animal stories, especially dogs. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and their precious rescue pup.




Andrea Welch is Executive Editor at Beach Lane Books, a San Diego-based imprint of Simon & Schuster. She has the pleasure of working with a long list of wonderful authors and illustrators, including Liz Garton Scanlon, Denise Fleming, April Pulley Sayre, and Ekua Holmes. Recent celebrated books she has edited include Life by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Brendan Wenzel; The Antlered Ship by Dashka Slater, illustrated by Terry & Eric Fan; and theNew York Times bestselling LMNO Peas series.








Corinna Luken is the author-illustrator of the Book of Mistakes which received four starred reviews, and has been praised by Entertainment Weekly, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more. She also illustrated Adrienne SIMCOX does not have a horse, written by Marcy Campbell. And is the author illustrator of the forthcoming My Heart. She lives in Olympia Washington with her husband, daughter, and two cats.

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The Critiques:

Sorry, the critiques are SOLD OUT. A limited number of distance critiques are available for $45 each. You can add a critique when you register. Manuscripts must be submitted on or before January 19th. A completed SCBWI Gold Form critique will be returned to you in an email from INW SCBWI on or before March 1st.  Specific submission instructions will be in your confirmation letter.


Some Tips:

After you register, please add to your email contacts list. We send confirmation letters, important webinar viewing information, and critiques by email.


A confirmation letter will be emailed to you the Wednesday after you register.


Webinar recordings are emailed to all registered participants an hour or so after the live event. All recordings are available to view as many times as you wish through February 28th, 2019. Please do not share your log-in information with others.

This event is fully booked.