Upcoming Metro NY Events

Our chapter hosts year-round events and workshops throughout the metro region — and we're also lucky to

be a subway ride away from the annual national winter conference. Check out our upcoming local events:

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November 6  Monday

AGENTS PANEL: FREE CO-EVENT for SCBWI Members and NEW SCHOOL Creative Writing Students

The Agent Panel, moderated by Metro NY Volunteer and writer Adria Quiñones, will feature Molly O'Neill (Waxman Leavell Literary Agent); Carrie Pestritto (Prospect Agency); and Brooks Sherman (Janklow & Nesbit).

This event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students.  Attendees MUST register and bring a ticket from SCBWI Metro NY website.  Non Members must purchase a ticket for the event. Please note change of date, time and place.  This Event will begin MONDAY at 6 pm at The New School. 

MODERATOR:

Adria Quiñones is a wildly successful technical writer who began writing novels for kids in order to have the experience of writing something that someone actually wanted to read. Adria is a regular contributor to the Metro-NYC SCBWI‘s blog and was a winner of the SCBWI 2014 Midwinter Conference’s prestigious joke contest. In January 2015, Adria was named one of the winners of SCBWI’s Emerging Voices Award for her middle-grade novel, The Disappeared.

AGENTS:

Molly O’Neil – Molly O'Neill is a literary agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agent. For the past fifteen years, she has held various roles inside the publishing industry: as an Editor at HarperCollins Children's Books, where she acquired Veronica Roth's juggernaut Divergent series, among many other fantastic projects; as Head of Editorial at Storybird, a publishing/tech start-up; and in School & Library Marketing at both HarperCollins and Clarion Books. She loves the creative process and early-stage project development, is invigorated by business strategy and entrepreneurial thinking, and is fascinated by the intersections of art, commerce, creativity, and innovation. Molly is especially passionate about the people behind books, and takes pride in discovering and evangelizing talented authors and illustrators, expanding the global reach of their work, and finding new ways to build connections and community among creators, readers, stories, and their champions. You can learn more about her via her website.

Carrie Pestritto - Carrie joined Prospect Agency in 2011 and is thrilled to represent New York Times bestsellers and award-winning authors.  Before joining the Prospect team, she worked as an assistant at Writers House and earned her BA in English, cum laude, from Amherst College, also spending a year studying abroad at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford.   As an agent, she loves the thrill of finding new authors with strong, unique voices and working closely with her clients to develop their ideas and manuscripts. Carrie always strives to help create books that will introduce readers to new worlds, whether that is through non-fiction, fantasy, historical, or contemporary novels.   As an agent, she is drawn in by relatable characters, fantastic voices, strong heroines, unusual premises, and immersive detail. If it can make her forget who or where she is, she wants to read it!

Brooks Sherman – After graduating from Vassar College with a B.A. in Drama, Brooks Sherman worked for several years in the entertainment industry (in both New York and Los Angeles) before joining the Peace Corps and spending two years stationed in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Upon returning to the United States, he set his sights on the publishing industry, starting in 2011 as an assistant at FinePrint Literary Management and working his way up to literary agent, moving to the Bent Agency in 2014, and joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2017. Brooks's clients include #1 New York Times-bestselling and award-winning authors. For children’s books, he is on the lookout for middle-grade fiction of all genres (especially fantasy and contemporary), young adult fiction of all genres except paranormal romance, and character-driven picture books with an emphasis on humor. His interest in adult fiction runs the gamut from literary to speculative (particularly fantasy, horror, and psychological thriller). For nonfiction, he is seeking projects in the areas of humor, pop culture, politics, and narrative nonfiction. Across all categories, Brooks seeks projects that balance strong voice with gripping plot. Ones that make him laugh earn extra points! He is particularly drawn to stories that elevate marginalized voices and where contemporary social issues are either prominently centered or woven into the worldbuilding; he prefers nuanced narratives over "issue books," in which characters confront such issues over the course of larger personal journeys. Brooks is a member of AAR and SCBWI. He lives in Brooklyn, but you can find him sharing publishing perspectives (and horrible puns) on Twitter at @byobrooks.

Time: 7:30-9:30PM  | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC |  Buy Tickets

October 17, 2017

Professional Series: Truffles and Tardigrades, Meteorites and Museums: writing and illustrating non-fiction books for children 

Jessie Hartland is a New York City based writer and illustrator of numerous books for children.  

Titles include “Bon Appetit: the Delicious Life of Julia Child”, a graphic biography for all ages, and “Insanely Great! Steve Jobs.” Her books have now been translated into over 13 languages.

Work in progress include books about truffle hounds, tartigrades, a famous flag, and insect pests in museums.

Jessie’s artwork has been in numerous shows at the Society of Illustrators in N.Y.C., as well as in Venice, Italy and in Tokyo, Japan, among other places.

Time: 7:30-9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC      Tickets

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 *PLEASE NOTE NEW DAY AND VENUE FOR THIS EVENT: CHELSEA STUDIOS-151 W 26th St.*

September 11, 2017

Be the Hero of Your Writing Process with Kendra Levin, Executive Editor at Viking Children's Books 

In this motivational talk, Kendra will explain how the classic Hero’s Journey model of myth-making can be a valuable tool, not just for craft, but for making a personalized, more effective creative process that will keep you writing regularly—and feeling good about it—not just today, not just tomorrow, but for years to come. Blending secrets from bestselling authors, tips from psychologists, and her own experiences as an editor and life coach for writers, Kendra will send you off with a solid plan for how to finish your work-in-progress and do your very best writing while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Kendra Levin is an executive editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, where since 2005 she has worked on a wide range of children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels. She has edited New York Times bestseller Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton, Printz Honor winner The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry, Theodor Seuss Geisel award winner Don’t Throw It to Mo! by David A. Adler, Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner The Lost House by B.B. Cronin, and many others. Kendra also helps writers as a teacher and certified life coach, and is the author of The Hero Is You, a grounded self-help guide to a healthier writing process. Visit her at kendracoaching.com and follow her @kendralevin

Time: 7:30 PM – 9"30 PM  Location: Chelsea Studios -  151 W. 26th St  Tickets

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August 27, 2017

Back2Back: SCBWI at Books are Magic  FREE

BACK2BACK is a new SCBWI partnered program that will help newly published author/illustrators gain confidence while speaking to audiences of children. The program pairs a veteran in the field with a newly published author/illustrator for a joint speaking event. After a public program—presentation and book signing—at Books are Magic, a new bookstore in downtown Brooklyn, the pro and newbie have the opportunity to talk about their presentations, with the veteran offering a critique and tips.
 
 Aram Kim: After receiving an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, the New York based author-illustrator created a debut picture book that was greeted with glowing reviews, not only for her sensitively told story about a stray cat, but also for  the striking art work that accompanied it.

Bruce Degen: Among his many award-winning books for children, are well loved classics like Jamberry and the Jesse Bear books written by Nancy White Carlston. He is the illustrator for Jane Yolen's Commander Toad Series as well as the highly-acclaimed The Magic School Bus series by Joanna Cole. Bruce has worked as a painter, a print maker, and a teacher and once even painted scenery for the opera.

Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 PM  Location:  Books are Magic – 225 Smith Street,  Brooklyn

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August 26, 2017 

Afternoon Retreat at Langston Hughes House

Details to follow

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Auguat 20, 2017

Guided Tour of the Eloise Exhibit by Educaor/Docent

The New-York Historical Society celebrates the feisty charm and audacious spirit of Eloise, whocontinues to be a picture book superstar more than 60 years after her debut. Eloise at the Museum reveals the creative collaboration between cabaret star Kay Thompson (1909–1998) and the young illustrator Hilary Knight (b. 1926) that brought the precocious character to life. The exhibition showcases more than 75 objects, ranging from original manuscript pages to sketchbooks, portraits, photographs, and vintage dolls. Organized by The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, where it debuted earlier this year, New-York Historical’s presentation fully immerses visitors into Eloise’s world with evocations of the grand lobby of the Plaza Hotel, her bedroom―complete with a storytelling corner―and her bubbly “bawthroom,” where she often made mischief. A host of family activities bring the Plaza’s most famous resident to life throughout the exhibition's run, inviting young visitors to explore the exhibition in creative ways.-

Time: 11:15 am  Location: New York Historical Society  Tickets

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June 13, 2017

All in the Family: Family Dynamics In MG & YA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can family dynamics in fiction make your novel more compelling? We explore this topic with Andrew Harwell, Senior Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where he specializes in middle grade and young adult fiction. He has had the privilege of working with bestselling and award-winning authors, including Noelle Stevenson, Dan Gutman, Madeleine Roux, Zac Brewer, Adam Silvera, and more. Originally from Georgia, Andrew graduated from the University of Chicago, where he double-majored in Germanic Studies and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts. In his spare time, he is a knitter, a gamer, a piano and tennis player, and a general fanboy.

Time: 7:30-9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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June 14, 2017

Westchester Social

Come join us to meet fellow SCBWI writers and illustrators who live in the Westchester area.  New members, old members, pre pubished members, PAL members, self published or traditionally published members, illustrators are all welcome to meet others with similar interests. Contact info: kmarcuswrites@gmail.com

Time: 7:00-9:0PM | Location: The Brazen Fox, 175 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

 

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May 9, 2017

Writing and Illustrating for the Very Young: Board Books and Picture Books.

Joyce Wan is an award-winning author and illustrator of over a dozen best-selling books for children including You Are My Cupcake, We Belong Together, The Whale in My Swimming Pool, and Sleepyheads written by Sandra Howatt. Pug Meets Pig, written by Sue Lowell Gallion and illustrated by Joyce was selected for the Society of Illustrators 2016 Original Art Show, an annual exhibit which showcases the year’s best children’s picture books. When she’s not working on books, she teaches courses at The School of Visual Arts in New York City.

Time: 7:30-9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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May 13, 2017

First Page Session: White Plains

Don't miss this opportunity to have your first page critiqued in real time by the amazing Saba Sulaiman (Agent, Talcott Notch Literary) and Kate Prosswimmer (Associate Editor, Sourcebooks). First page particiapnt submissions will be open to SCBWI members only due to limited reading time.. Observer tickets open to SCBWI members and non-members. 

Notes: Participant ticket holders should bring four copies of your first page (without your name on it). Include manuscript title, age group and word count as a heading, and format the page with 1-inch margins and 12 pt. Times New Roman font, double spaced.  Picture book writers: Please bring one full page of your manuscript until it cuts off – not the first page of your picture book (more info).

 

Time: 2:00-4:00 PM | Location: First Baptist Church of White Plains, White Plains, NY | Tickets

April 4, 2017

Novel Writing:  Soup To Nuts With Stacey Barney 

Stacey Barney is a Senior Editor at Penguin/Putnam Books for Young Readers. In this discussion, she will provide a comprehensive overview of novel writing devices with an eye to making your novel shineShe acquires middle grade, young adult and select nonfiction and picture books. She has edited the #1 New York Times bestselling The Wrath and the Dawn, a sumptuous retelling of Arabian Nights by Renee Ahdieh as well as the 2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning Firebird by Misty Copeland and illustrated by Christopher Myers. Recent and upcoming publications Stacey is excited about include New York Times bestselling The Reader by Traci Chee, a sprawling, stunning fantasy set in a world where reading is unheard of; and Our Chemical Hearts, an irresistible story of first love and the heartbreak of unrequited love and City of Saints & Thieves, an enthralling murder mystery set in Kenya. Stacey is looking for rich and memorable stories with pacey plots and writing that sparkles and shines

Time: 7:30-9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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March 28 , 2017 *****Rescheduled Event Due To NYC Blizzard*****

Pixels to Platform: Marketing for Creative People with Gabriela Pereira

Writing a great book is only the first step. To make an impact in this digital age, you must know how to market yourself and build an online platform. It might feel like you’re being pulled in a million directions, like you have to join every social media platform or or new gimmick that pops up.  Don’t worry. Building your platform doesn’t have to be painful. You don’t have to sell out to sell books. In this session, you will learn concrete steps for building your online brand so you can forge meaningful connections with your readers. You will get strategic techniques that you can implement right away so you can reach your own unique goals.

Time: 7:30-9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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December 10,  2016

NY Metro Writers Day With Laurie Halse Anderson And More!

This half day event is devoted to writers of kid lit. Our Metro NY Writers Day offers inspiration, knowledge and practical advice to those committed to improving their craft and careers. Join authors Rebecca Behrens and Laurie Halse Anderson along with a panel of industry professionasl including Bess Cozby (Editor at Tor/Forge book), T.S. Ferguson (Editor at Harlequin TEEN), and Carrie Pestritto of Agent at Prospect Agency. (more info here)

Time: 12:30-4:30PM  | Location: Chelsea Studios, Manhattan |  Tickets

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December 13, 2016

Lottery Portfolio Reviews

Random House Children's Books' team Maria Modugno and Nicole De Las Heras will spend the evening reviewing illustrator portfolios (chosen by lottery) in real-time. Portfolios will be drawn at random from the pool of attendees. Please bring physical portfolios (not digital) and two promotional pieces. Portfolios should contain 10-12 images. All attendees will be able to leave one promotional piece for each speaker at the end of the talk. (more info here)

Time: 7:30PM – 9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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December 22, 2016

SCBWI Metro NY Field Trip to the Society of Illustrator's Original Art Show

The Society of Illustrators' Original Art Show is an annual exhibit celebrating the fine art of children’s book illustration. Founded in 1980 by illustrators’ agent and art director Dilys Evans, this exhibit showcases original art from the year’s best children’s books. Join fellow SCBWI members as we tour the exhibit on Thursday, December 22nd at 6pm pm 

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January 10, 2017
Speak Up, I Can't Hear You: Writing Voice With Kat Brzozowski

You've come up with a plot. You've created characters. You have a setting. Now how do you make your readers feel like these characters are really speaking to them? Voice is one of the most important elements of fiction and one of the hardest to master. We'll talk about how other authors craft voice successfully and how you can do it too. Be prepared to write!

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October 16, 2016

Huntington: First Page Session

Bring your first pages for an opportunity to be critiqued by an agent and an editor (TBA). First pages will be chosen by the editor and agent – details coming soon! (more info)

Time: 2:00-4:00PM  | Location: Huntington Public Library (Long Island) | Tickets

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March 4, 2017  

Andrea Cascardi: From Query to Acceptance


Andrea Cascardi:  From Query to Acceptance: demystifying the process of publication from an agent’s point of view. As an agent and also as an editor I’ve worked with debut authors to great success throughout my career. Getting from the seemingly interminable querying process to finding an agent and getting published is less mysterious and daunting than it might seem. But it is work. We’ll talk about how to work towards your goal in smart ways, how to lead with your strengths, and how to find the right agent to help you through the process. We’ll deconstruct query letters and I’ll share debut success stories from my career. 

Time: 2-4PM  |  Huntington Public Library |  Tickets

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November 7, 2016

FREE: Agents Panel

Back by popular demand, we’ve teamed up with the New School for an agents’s panel with free admission to SCBWI Members and New School students. This year’s speakers include: Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency), Susan Hawk (The Bent Agency), and Andrea Somberg (Harvey Klinger Inc.). Reserve your spot today!

Time: 6:00-8:00PM  | Location: The New School, NYC | Free! Register here for tickets

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October 10, 2016

#WeNeedDiverseBooks Panel: Diverse Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Moderated by Jennifer Baker (Panel Organizer/Brand Manager, We Need Diverse Books), authors Heidi Heilig, Zoraida Cordova, and Tracey Baptiste will discuss craft, world-building, research and more in terms of building stories with fantastical elements for young readers. (more info)

Time: 7:30-9:30PM  | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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June 14, 2016

10 Things To Consider Before Hiring A Freelance Editor

You’ve made the decision or are thinking about hiring a freelance editor, but your Google search has left you with more questions than answers. This talk by freelance editors Sangeeta Mehta and Maya Rock demystifies the world of freelance editing by tackling topics such as how to interpret an editor’s credentials, how to accurately assess the needs of your own manuscript, what questions to ask a potential editor, and more. Published and unpublished authors, agents, and publishing houses make extensive use of freelance editors—should you? (more info)

Time: 7:30-9:30PM  | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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June 11, 2016

First Page Sessions: White Plains

Join Executive Vice President at Curtis Brown Ginger Knowlton and Assistant Editor at Penguin Max Bisantz as they read participant first pages aloud and give feedback in real time. Check out submission guidelines if you wish to participate. (more info)

Time: 2:00-4:00PM  | Location: First Baptist Church, White Plains | Participant Tickets SOLD OUT / Observer Tickets

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May 7, 2016

Picture Books With Grace Maccarone

As Executive Editor at Holiday House, Grace Maccarone acquires 25 titles a year. She has worked with talented authors and illustrators such as Tedd Arnold, Norman Bridwell, Marcia Brown, David Catrow, Robert Coles, Steven Kellogg , ean Marzollo, Emily Arnold McCully, Faith McNulty, Kate McMullan, Jim McMullan, David McPhail, Brian Pinkney, Ted Rand, Melissa Sweet, and Walter Wick. (more info)

Time: 2:00-4:00PM  | Location: Huntington Public Library (Long Island) | Tickets

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May 10, 2016

A Conversation With Rita Williams-Garcia

Rita Williams-Garcia's Newbery Honor-winning novel, One Crazy Summer, was a winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a National Book Award finalist, the recipient of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller. Join us for a q&a with one of the great voices in children's literature today. (more info)

Time: 7:30-9:30PM  | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

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April 6, 2016

Social Event: SCBWI NY Metro Mixer

Please join us for the SCBWI Metro NY chapter's Metro Mixer, an informal and inspiring evening for writers, illustrators, librarians, publishing professionals, and other fans of books for children. We will have a Critique Corner, Q&A opportunities, creative prompts, door prizes and more!.

Time: 6:00-9:00PM  | The 5th & Mad Pub , 7 East 36th Street, NYC | Free!