Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Metro NY Writers Day with Laurie Halse Anderson and More!

Date(s) - 12/10/2016
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Chelsea Studios
151 W 26th St - New York, New York

Metro NY Writers Day – Saturday, December 10, 2016


Join us for a half day event devoted to writers of kid lit. Metro NY Writers Day offers inspiration, knowledge and practical advice to those committed to improving their craft and careers. 



Rebecca Behrens – "Making It Real . . . istic"

Historical stories take the past and bring it to vivid life for readers. But writing it requires a fine balance of fact and fiction. When do you stay faithful to the true details, and when can you make things up? This talk will offer tips and tools for kid lit writers of all genres. We will explore research, fact-checking, and world-building along with the craft of writing fiction with historical elements.


Laurie Halse Anderson – Career talk and Q&A   

The New York Times-bestselling author shares her experiences from her illustrious career followed by Q&A


The Past, the Present and the Future in Kid Lit – Panel Discussion

Author Rebecca Behrens will moderate this panel discussion featuring Bess Cozby (Editor at Tor/Forge book), T.S. Ferguson (Editor at Harlequin TEEN), and Carrie Pestritto (Agent at Prospect Agency)



Doors open at 12:15 PM. Last minute changes: please check the calendar closer to the event in case of unforeseeable last minute changes. Refunds will only be considered 48 hrs prior to the event. A $8 processing fee will be applied.



Laurie Halse Anderson  writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous national and state awards, as well as international recognition. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Laurie was honored with the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature…”. Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes.

Rebecca Behrens lives and writes in New York City, where she also works as a textbook editor. She is the author of When Audrey Met Alice, which BookPage called “a terrific work of blended realistic and historical fiction.” Kirkus praised her latest novel, Summer of Lost and Found, as “a good find indeed.” Some of Rebecca’s favorite things are: the beach, history, running, doughnuts, and laughing.

Bess Cozby is an Editor at Tor/Forge books, where she acquires adult, young adult and middle grade titles. She is also Web Editor for DIY MFA and a YA writer. Tweet her at @besscozby. Contact her at  

T.S. Ferguson is an Editor with Harlequin TEEN, where he works on literary and commercial fiction across a number of genres and has the privilege of editing such authors as Robin Talley, Adi Alsaid, and Amy Lukavics. Prior to Harlequin, T.S. worked at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where he worked with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Sherman Alexie, Sara Zarr, Pseudonymous Bosch, and Julie Anne Peters, and acquired acclaimed authors such as Jennifer Brown and Cris Beam.

Carrie Pestritto joined Prospect Agency in 2011 after working as an assistant at Writers House. With a B.A. in English from Amherst College, she has experienced all sides of the publishing industry, having worked as a ghostwriter, freelance writer, and as an intern in the editorial acquisitions department of the Greenwood Publishing Group. 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. For Carrie, extraordinary fiction and non-fiction share the ability to transport readers to new and exciting places. As a history and mythology buff, she is intrigued by books that introduce her to another culture or time period. She is looking for description and detail that will make her feel like she is inside the story and interest her in a subject she never thought she would want to read about—or, conversely, introduce her to startling facts about something or someone she believed she already knew everything about.