Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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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October 5, 2020

Professional Series: Narrative Nonfiction from Start to Finish with Author Susanna Reich

Where and When: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, online event

From choosing and researching a subject to shaping your story and finding a publisher, this presentation will cover the nuts and bolts of writing narrative nonfiction for young readers. We’ll explore research methods and sources, discuss successful books and why they work, examine voice and narrative arc, and share tools for pitching and selling your book.

Award-winning author Susanna Reich writes fiction and nonfiction for children and young adults, most recently Stand Up and Sing! Pete Seeger, Folk Music and the Path to Justice; Fab Four Friends: The Boys Who Became the Beatles; and Minette’s Feast: The Delicious Story of Julia Child and Her Cat. She received the 2018 Rip Van Winkle Award for Outstanding Contributions to Children’s Literature, the Tomás Rivera Award for José! Born to Dance, and an NCTE Orbis Pictus Honor for Clara Schumann: Piano Virtuoso. For twelve years, Susanna was Senior Publicist and Account Services Manager at Raab Associates, where she worked with both publishers and authors. She is Immediate Past Chair of PEN America’s Children’s Book Committee and lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY, with her husband, children’s book author Gary Golio.



November 12, 2020

Professional Series: Agent Panel

Where and When: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm, online event

The Annual Agent Panel, moderated by Harold Underdown will feature Brenda Bowen (The Book Group), Janna Morishima (JANNA co.) and Cindy Uh (Creative Artists Agency). This event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students. The event will be held on Zoom on Thursday, November 12th at 6pm.

Moderator: Harold Underdown

Harold is an independent children’s book editor and consultant who works with authors and publishers on manuscripts, books, and strategy. He is also the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, a comprehensive guide to how children’s book publishing works. He founded and runs The Purple Crayon, a respected Web site with information about children’s publishing. Harold also likes to teach and runs Kids Book Revisions workshops, retreats, and online classes with colleague Eileen Robinson. Previously, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing. He has edited a variety of fiction and nonfiction in both picture book and chapter formats.


Janna Morishima

Janna Morishima started in children’s book publishing in the art department at Scholastic. Within a few years she joined the editorial department and helped co-found the Graphix imprint.

After working with authors like Raina Telegmeier, Jeff Smith, and Kazu Kibuishi. Janna left Scholastic to launch the Kids Group at Diamond Book Distributors were she worked with a wide range of independent comics publishers. She stepped away from publishing to help her husband build his photography business. There she learned everything to run an arts-based small business and founded her literary agency Janna co.

Cindy Uh

Cindy Uh is a literary agent at Creative Artists Agency. After graduating from Boston College, Cindy went to receive her J.D. from UCLA School of Law. She became an agent in 2015 and was Counsel at the publishing law firm of Lyons & Salky Law LLP until 2019, when she joined the Publishing Departmrnt at CAA. She works on a wide range of nonfiction, including illustrated/art projects, memoir, narrative nonfiction, health/wellness, politics, pop culture, humor, cookbooks, as well as children’s fiction and nonfiction. Cindy is always on the lookout for authentic, diverse voices, compelling narratives, and unique perspectives that invite readers to think about the world in a different way.

Brenda Bowen

Brenda Bowen represents authors and artists of books for young readers from preschool to young adult; she also represents some adult titles. Her clients have won the MacArthur Fellowship; the Newbery Medal and Newbery Honor; the Caldecott Medal and Caldecott Honor; the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent; the Stonewall Award; the Geisel Honor; the William C. Morris Honor; and many other awards. She can’t decide which she loves more: a bold picture book, or a lyrical middle-grade novel. Brenda has the unusual advantage of having seen publishing from all sides: she began her career as an agent at Sanford J. Greenburger; She was a children’s book publisher for many years; she has written an adult novel and she’s an award-winning author of some forty books for children.



December 8, 2020

Professional Series: Writing & Illustrating a Graphic Novel with Author/Illustrator Mike Curato

Where and When: 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm, online event

As the world of graphic novels expands, more and more storytellers who are known for their picture book work are stepping into the sequential medium and pioneering new stories for youth. Mike Curato will be sharing the process of creating his debut YA graphic novel, Flamer (available 9/1/20). He’ll be discussing how he was able to draw from his experience as a picture book author-illustrator and pair it with his longtime love of comics to share a story he’s been compelled to tell for years.

Mike Curato is the author-illustrator of everyone’s favorite polka-dotted elephant, Little Elliot. Mike’s debut title in the series, Little Elliot, Big City has won numerous awards and has been translated into fourteen languages. There are now four additional Little Elliot titles, and Mike has also illustrated books for other authors such as Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle, What if… by Samantha Berger, and The Power of One by Truday Ludwig (8/24/20). Mike was born and raised outside of New York City, and earned a BFA in illustration from Syracuse University. After college, he worked as a graphic designer for the better part of ten years until his dream of making picture books became a reality at an SCBWI annual conference. Mike currently lives in Northampton, MA.



September 28, 2020

Professional Series: Your Children’s Book, From Start to Finish from Phoebe Yeh

Where and When: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, online event

Editor Phoebe Yeh from Crown Books for Young Readers will demystify the book-making process whether you are writing and/or illustrating a board book, picture book, middle grade novel, graphic novel teen novel or writing nonfiction. What happened from the moment of receiving your manuscript to the miraculous day when you receive your printed book in the mail! How has diversity and inclusion changed the landscape of children’s publishing? How has the pandemic changed the way we make, promote, publicize and sell children’s books? This session will answer these questions and more!

Phoebe Yeh is the Vice President and co-publisher at Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House. She worked with Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen on The Magic School Bus series and with Walter Dean Myers for twenty years. She edited Monster the first Printz winner and the New York Times bestselling series Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce and The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. She has published the New York Times bestseller hybrid illustrated novel Max & the Midknights by Lincoln Pierce; New York Times bestseller debut novels Dear Martin and Clean Getaway by Nic Stone; the short story anthology, The Hero Next Door in partnership with We Need Diverse Books; We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices and The Talk: Conversations About Race, Love & Truth edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson; the upcoming decut tween novel Isiah Dunn is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist, a BEA MG BOOK BUZZ selection. She has published the Fairy Science picture books by Ashley Spires, My Teacher is a Robot and the graphic novel series Lucy & Andy Neanderthal and Once Upon a Space-time with Jeffrey Brown. She is a recipient of the inaugural CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award.



July 28, 2020

Professional Series:Tackling Mature Themes in Children’s Literature With Author Janae Marks

Where and When: 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm, online event

More and more young adult novels are tackling mature themes, such as systemic racism, the #MeToo movement, and drug addiction. What may come as a surprise is that these themes are becoming more common within middle grade novels as well. Many tough topics are acceptable in children’s literature, as long as they are handled with sensitivity and care. In this workshop, we’ll discuss what is taboo-and what isn’t-when writing for these age groups, and how to incorporate mature themes into your own YA/MG novels in an age-appropriate manner.

Janae Marks has an MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children from The New School. She grew up in the suburbs of New York City, and now lives in Connecticut with her husband. From The Desk Of Zoe Washington is her debut novel.



January 14, 2020

Professional Series:  Professional Series: First Pages: Before and After with Molly O’Neill, Literary Agent

Where and When:  Anthroposophical Society 138 West 15th St. – New York       7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

You’ve probably been to a standard first pages session, where editors and agents offer candid, on-the-spot feedback on the first pages of MG and YA novels that have written and pre-submitted by conference attendee. In this session, we’ll dig even deeper! Molly will share first pages of published books that she’s worked on as an agent and/or editor as they were submitted to her in manuscript form, and then when the first pages ultimately looked like when they were eventually published as finished books. We’ll talk about what changes were made along the way, and why, so that you can walk away with new ways of thinking about your books & their beginnings.

Molly O’Neill is a literary agent with Root Literary. For the past sixteen years, she has held various roles inside the publishing industry: previously, she was an Agent at Waxman Leavell Literary Agency; an Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she acquired Veronica Roth’s juggernaut Divergent series, among many other fantastic projects; the Head of Editorial at Storybird, a publishing/tech start-up; and a member the School & Library Marketing departments 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. Learn more at



December 10, 2019

Professional Series: How to Catch (and Keep) an Art Director’s Attention: Thoughts on building a successful portfolio for young readers publishing.

When and Where:  12/10/2019  7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Anthroposophical Society 138 West 15th St. – New York

What do art directors look for in illustration? In a portfolio? Get some insights from within the industry; what catches the eye, and what raises red flags.

Marikka Tamura is an Art Director at Penguin Random House (G. P. Putman’s Sons and Nancy Paulsen Books).  She has worked with some of the pillars of children’s literature, including Tomie dePaola, Jan Brett, Rachel Isadora, and Maira Kalman.  She is the author of the picture book, Penguins Don’t Wear Sweaters!, illustrated by Daniel Rieley.  She lives and works in New York City.



November 4, 2019  MONDAY

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

When and Where: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm   The New School Auditorium 66 W. 12th St – New York


The Agent Panel, moderated by Harold Underdown  will feature Marietta ZacKer (Gallt & Zacker) ,  Linda Epstein (Emerald City Literary Agency) and Sean McCarthyThis event is free for all SCBWI Members and New School Students.acher  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 6:30  pm at The New School.

MODERATOR: Harold Underdown is an independent editor and publishing consultant; he does critiques, helps to develop manuscripts, does strategic consulting, and provides other services for individuals and publishers. Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wroteThe Complete Idiot’s Guide to Children’s Book Publishing, now in its third edition. He founded and runs “The Purple Crayon,” a respected web site with information about the children’s publishing world He speaks and gives workshops through the Highlights Foundation, SCBWI’s national and regional conferences, and Kid’s Book Revisions (offering online and on-site tutorials, webinars, retreats, and workshops in partnership with Eileen Robinson: As an in-house editor, he worked at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge, and has experience in trade and educational publishing.


Sean McCarthy founded his own full-service literary agency in 2013. He began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press and then worked at Sheldon Fogelman Agency as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. His clients include New York TimesBestseller Zachariah OHora, Hyewon Yum, Dana Wulfekotte, Andrea Offermann, Jamie A. Swenson, and Heather Ayris Burnell, among others. Sean graduated from Macalester College with a degree in English-Creative Writing, and is grateful that he no longer has to spend his winters in Minnesota.

Marietta Zacker has worked with books, authors and illustrators throughout her career — studying, creating, editing, marketing, teaching and selling. She supports independent bookselling, believes in libraries and takes pride in her work as a Latina in the world of publishing. She is always on the lookout for visual and narrative stories that reflect the world we live in, not the bubbles in which we put ourselves. She loves books that make readers feel and shies away from those that set out to teach the reader a lesson. Whether she is reading a young adult novel, a middle grade novel or a picture book, Marietta looks for a book in which young readers can identify with the actions and reactions of the characters, not the perspectives of the author or illustrator. Diversity in the story must be inherent and authentic, not trendy. She is thrilled to shine the spotlight on soulful, insightful, well-crafted, literary or commercial projects aimed at any age group from young adult to the youngest of readers. Books she will be championing in 2019 include GIRLS LIKE US by Randi Pink, THE YEAR THEY FELL by David Kreizman, TRACE by Pat Cummings, CATERPILLAR SUMMER by Gillian McDunn, BRAVE MOLLY by Brooke Boynton Hughes, THE ASTRONAUT WHO PAINTED THE MOON by Dean Robbins and Sean Rubin, and MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND by Jennifer Thermes.

Linda Epstein is an agent at Emerald City Literary Agency. She represents picture books, middle grade and young adult novels, and children’s non-fiction. She likes stories for children and young adults that deal with issues of identity, history, sexual politics, feminism, and culture. Some of her other interests include art, food, and the environment. She sometimes likes monsters, too. Linda looks for the offbeat, quirky, and left of center, with bonus points given if you keep your sense of humor about it all. She is deeply committed to representing projects that give voice to work by and about all kinds of marginalized people

Time: 6:30PM-8:30PM  | Location: The Auditorium at the New School 66 West 12th Street, NYC  Please note that you do NOTneed a PayPal account to pay online; PayPal will accept your credit card without setting up an account.

Walk ins: although we do accept walk ins, events often sell out so pre-registering is recommended.  Event details:   Doors open at 5:45pm.  Seating is limited to the first 350 people. 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 with a $3 service charge.


October 7, 2019

Professional Series: LAUGH IT UP! Why Humor in Children’s Books is Essential, and How to Make Your Books Funnier.

When and Where:  7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Anthroposophical Society 138 West 15th St. – New York

Marvin Terban is a best-selling, award-winning children’s book author. Called “a master of children’s wordplay” by ALA Booklist and “Mr. English for Kids” by the Children’s Book-of-the-Month Club, he has written thirty-nine books for young readers, most of them about the English language. He is also Scholastic’s “Professor Grammar.”

For many years Marvin has taught at the same school in New York where he developed teaching games that use humor to help students understand the idiosyncrasies of the English language. Those games grew into the highly original series of funny books for children on English for which he is known. Three of his Scholastic books have sold well over one million copies each.

In 2005, the SCBWI voted Marvin their Member of the Year. For many years he has been a popular speaker at schools, colleges, and educational conferences in the United States and abroad.

Marvin lives in New York with his wife Karen. They have two children and two grandchildren. His grandchildren have a pet pig named Hendrix.



September 10, 2019

Professional Series: Genre Jumping: Let Your Story Lead the Way

Where and When:  Anthroposophical Society 138 West 15th St. – New York       7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Not every idea or image that you want to explore will fit the same audience.  From board books to novels, fiction to non-fiction, let your story lead the way.

Author and/or illustrator of over 40 books for young readers, Pat Cummings   also teaches children’s book courses at  Parsons and Pratt and holds a summer Boot Camp to bring writers and illustrators together with top editors and art directors.  She serves on the boards of SCBWI, the Authors Guild and Authors League Fund and as Chair of the Founders Award Jury for the Society of Illustrators’ Originl Art Show.  Her debut middle grade novel, Trace and her most recent picture book, Beauty and the Beast, are both published by Harper Collins.

Pat can be reached at  or followed on Twitter @Pat CummingsBook.



September 17, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm at  Stories Book Store  458 Bergen St, Brooklyn

Published Authors and Illustrators Pre Brooklyn Book Festival Party

Stories Book Store
458 Bergen St, Brooklyn New York

All PAL Metro NY authors and illustrators who have been published in 2015-2019  are invited to a Pre Brooklyn Book Festival Party at Stories Bookstore.  Please reply to the Evite invitation which will be sent out mid August with the name(s) of your books which have been published during the last few years to be featured at the book store.



July 2, 2019
Special Summer Professional Series Talk:
10 Tips for Integrating Diversity into Your Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Authors who write middle-grade and young adult fiction need to understand the importance of representing a variety of young people and issues in their stories. Readers deserve to see characters of various ethnicities and races, socio-economic backgrounds, physical and developmental abilities, states of mental health, and family and relationship dynamics.This presentation offers 10 tips for incorporating diversity into fiction respectfully, using examples from bestselling contemporary middle-grade and YA fiction.
SCBWI PAL member Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens (Sasquatch, 2019) and the middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl (Sky Pony, 2016), as well as two adult memoirs and dozens of children’s resource books. She’s a Contributing Editor at The Writer Magazine, and her essays have appeared in Tn, and numerous other publications. Twitter/Instagram @WildMelissaHart. Website: .



June 11, 2019

Professional Series: Working with an Agent: Querying, Signing and Beyond. 

Where: Anthroposophical Society
Time: 7:30-9:30
Tanusri Prasanna, an agent with Foundry Literary+Media will answer your questions about effective querying, the process of finding the right agent for your book, and discuss some important aspects of the role of an agent today.
Tanusri was born and raised in India, and has strong roots in the sub-continent. She comes to publishing from a background in law, holding an LLM from Harvard Law School, and a PhD in jurisprudence and human rights law from Oxford University. At Foundry, Tanusri represents adult non-fiction and children’s books.  In the children’s space, she’s drawn to well-plotted middle-grade and young adult fiction (both contemporary and fantasy) written with heart and humor, smart, meaningful and funny picture books, and voice-driven children’s nonfiction featuring fascinating aspects of our world.


June 4, 2019

 FREE EVENT      Metro New York Social

Where: David’s Tea *Near F/V/4/5/6/N/R Trains*
1124 3rd Ave (65th/66th) – New York
Time: 6:30-8:30

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. Have a cup of tea, chat about kid lit, find out more about opportunities with SCBWI Metro New York, get to meet our New York authors, and maybe find a critique group.   Great for new members to find a like mind community, for old members to reconnect and for any lovers of kid lit to spend a pleasant evening. Enjoy 15% off all purchases


May 14, 2019

Professional Series: Tactics for Revision:  Kelsey Murphy, Editor, Philomel 

Where: Anthroposophical Society
Time: 7:30-9:30

Join Kelsey Murphy as she goes through some tactics for revision with writing exercises and tips to deepen folks writing in revision, and break them out of writers block.

Kelsey Murphy, Editor at Philomel Books, joined Penguin Random House as an Editor in 2018. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Dramatic Literature, Film Studies, and Theater History, and a minor in Creative Writing—and started her career as an assistant at Balzer + Bray, HarperCollins. Kelsey edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult fiction and non-fiction, as well as select graphic novels. When not reading or writing, Kelsey is attempting to watch every movie in the Criterion Collection. You can follow her on Twitter at @kelseybmurphy.



April 9, 2019

Professional Series: Writing Original Middle Grade for Audio Exclusives with Heather Alexander

Where: Anthroposophical Society
Time: 7:30-9:30

The audio market is booming–audiobooks, podcasts, radio shows–and audio publishers are looking for exciting original content by talented kids’ writers. Please join Audible Originals Executive Editor Heather Alexander for a lively discussion about what makes good audio content (Should it be scripted or single-narrator? How long should it be? What genres and age ranges work best?) and hear examples of original audio content that works so that you can break into this new facet of publishing.

Heather Alexander has been in the children’s book industry for over 10 years as an editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, and as a literary agent at Pippin Properties. An avid audiobook fan, she now works at Audible Originals, creating original audio content with authors like Jack Gantos, Julie Berry, Chris Grabenstein, R. L. Stine, and Ally Carter.



March 12

Where: Anthroposophical Society
Time: 7:30-9:3

So You’re Stuck. Now What?: The Highs and Lows of Making a Book

Stuck on an idea? Stuck with no ideas? Stuck bouncing between excited and dismayed about your idea? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Ruth Chan will walk you through her own process of making a book, from the darkest days to the most glorious, with a few tips along the way.  She hopes to cover Strategies to loosen up the brain (including talking about my comics),  Revising as a ‘necessary evil’, Managing what your brain is telling you, and  Putting yourself out there (e.g. networking).

Ruth Chan is an illustrator and author who spent her childhood tobogganing in Canada, her teens in China, a number of years studying art and education, and a decade working with families in underserved communities. She now writes and illustrates full-time in Brooklyn NY, where she lives with her dog, Feta. Visit for more info.



January 8, 2019

Professional Series: How to Use the Craft and Elements of Fiction to Create Engaging Nonfiction

Where: Anthroposophical Society
Time: 7:30-9:30

Deborah Heiligman will show you the tricks of the trade: how to use scene, plot, dialogue, character development, and more to create narrative, suspenseful, page-turning nonfiction–without making anything up.

Deborah Heiligman is the author of 31 books. Her most recent, VINCENT AND THEO: THE VAN GOGH BROTHERS, won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for nonfiction, the YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for nonfiction, and a Printz Honor. Her other nonfiction books include: CHARLES AND EMMA: THE DARWIN’S LEAP OF FAITH, a YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award winner, Printz Honor book and a National Book Award finalist; THE BOY WHO LOVED MATH: THE IMPROBABLE LIFE OF PAUL ERDOS, which won the Cook Prize, the Annie Izard Storytelling Award and an Obis Pictus Honor; FROM CATERPILLAR TO BUTTERFLY, and the National Geographic Holidays Around the World series. Deborah lives in New York City with her husband, a writer and journalism professor, and Ketzie the dog, who is not a writer. Their grown sons, who are writers, drop by frequently, especially when there will be food.



December 11, 2018
Where: Anthroposophical Society
Time: 7:30-9:30

Ever wonder how to illustrate an eye-catching middle grade cover? What if the book is one in a five-book series? From initial sketches to final wraparound artwork, Gilbert will cover it all.

 Gilbert Ford has illustrated many New York Times Best-Selling middle grade novels including The Secret Series, Bad Magic, Three Times Lucky, Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and A Snicker of Magic. He has also written and/or illustrated award-winning picture books including Mr. Ferris and His Wheel, The Marvelous Thing that Came from A Spring, Soldier Song, and How the Cookie Crumbled. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

You can check out Gilbert Ford’s work here:



November 30, 2018 CANCELLED

Society of Illustrators and SCBWI Metro NY Event during the Original Art Show at Society of Illustrators.
Event will be open only to members of SCBWI Metro NY and Society of Illustrators.
Panel Discussion moderated by Laurent Lin
Unfortunately, we were unable to pull this event together. We are rescheduling this event to late February.
Monday, November 13th, 2018
7pm – 9pm
SCBWI Long Island and New York Metro Chapter Mixer with Special Guest Karen Ball
Chat with Karen about the UK Book Market.
Monday, November 13th, 2018 7pm – 9pm
at Three’s Brewing 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NYMonday, November 13th, 2018
7pm – 9pmSCBWI Long Island and New York Metro Chapter Mixer with Special Guest Karen BallChat with Karen about the UK Book Market.
Monday, November 13th, 2018 7pm – 9pm
at Three’s Brewing 333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY
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November 5, 2018  MONDAY
AGENTS PANEL:FREE CO-EVENT for SCBWI Members & NEW SCHOOL Creative Writing Students   The Agent Panel, moderated by Metro NY Volunteer and writer Adria Quiñones, will feature Beth Phelan (Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency), John Rudolph (Dystel & Goderich & Bourret) and Peter Knapp (Park Literary & Media). 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 6:30  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.
Beth Phelan has been working in literary agencies since 2010, holding positions at Scott Waxman Agency, Morhaim Literary, and The Bent Agency, before landing at Gallt & Zacker in late 2017. A lifelong reader, Beth represents authors of the kinds of books that drove her to love reading in the first place: middle-grade and young adult fiction. She gravitates toward stories and characters that inspire, and anything with a touch of humor and the bittersweet. Beth is also the creator of #DVpit, a Twitter pitch event for marginalized voices, which she launched in April 2016.
Pete Knapp is an agent at Park Literary & Media, where he represents authors of middle grade and young adult fiction. Fueled by the thrill of reading a new story for the first time, Pete works creatively with his clients to develop their work and get their books into the hands of readers. Before joining PLM, he worked at Floren Shieh Productions, a book-scouting agency working with film clients, and he continues to be drawn to cinematic stories with great hooks. His clients include Adi Alsaid, Soman Chainani, Lindsay Cummings, Lucy Keating, and Will Walton, among others. He is a graduate from New York University and lives in Brooklyn with his husband.
John Rudolph  joined Dystel, Goderich & Bourret in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor at Putnam Books for YoungReaders and Simon & Schuster BFYR. His clients include Tadgh Bentley, Wendy Wahman, Nancy Furstinger, Rob Vlock and Allison van Diepen. He is eager to represent more picture book author/illustrators, MG, YA and nonfiction authors.

October 9, 2018

Professional Series: First Pages (Middle Grade and Young Adult)  with Jennie Dunham and Leslie Zampetti (Dunham Literary Agency)

Date(s) – 10/09/2018
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Anthroposophical Society
138 West 15th St. – New York, New York

Bring your MG or YA First Pages for an opportunity to be critiqued by a publishing professional

 First page submissions will be open to SCBWI members only due to limited reading time. Observer tickets open to SCBWI members and non members. (Observers will not have their first pages read.)
Bring 3 copies.  Format: 1″ margins, double spaced, 12 pt Times New Roman Font. Put name, e mail, word count of finished ms, genre, Title.  Begin at top of page.
Jennie Dunham (AAR and SCBWI member) has been a literary agent in New York City since 1992. In August 2000 she founded Dunham Literary, Inc. Her clients have been New York Times bestsellers and have won awards such as Boston Globe Horn Book Honor, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, and International Reading Association Award. Her agency represents children’s books for all ages from novelty and picture book through middle grade and young adult as well as literary fiction and non-fiction for adults.
Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 1, 2018

September 11, 2018

Published Authors and Illustrators Pre Brooklyn Book Festival Party

Date(s) – 9/11/2018
7:00 pm – 9:0 pm

Stories Book Store
458 Bergen St, Brooklyn New York

All PAL Metro NY authors and illustrators who have been published in the past 3-4 years are invited to a Pre Brooklyn Book Festival Party at Stories Bookstore.  Please reply to the Evite invitation which will be sent out mid August with the name(s) of your books which have been published during the last few years to be featured at the book store.


September 15-16, 2018

Brooklyn Book Festival

Date(s) – 9/15-16/2018
10:00am – 5:0 pm

Location: Booth Location to be announced closer to the date ; Children’s Day is September 16

Booth Numbers for Sept 16 are 234 and 235

SCBWI Metro NY will be featuring any and all Metro NY PAL books by published authors and illustrators.  PAL members are encouraged to show off and sell their books.

Guidelines:  Authors can drop off their books (no more than 5) at Erin McGills’s, 23 W. 116 Wt. Apt 12A, New York, NY no later than Sept 4th, or they may be delivered to the Anthroposophical Society  138 West 15th St. – New York, New York from 7:30-9:30 pm. on Sept 4th.


September 4, 2018

Anthroposophical Society
138 West 15th St. – New York, New York

Words Alone: Writing picture books when you’re not an artist (and even if you are!)

Ellen Cormier is an associate editor at Dial Books for Young Readers, acquiring picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction and nonfiction. Ellen is a graduate of Smith College and the Columbia Publishing Course. Prior to joining Dial in 2014, she was a member of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group marketing team.



August 19. 2018

Illustrator Workshop:  Diginal Frankensteining

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM |Location: Paragraph: Workspace for Writers
84 Withers St. 5th Floor – Brooklyn, New York 11211

Have you ever looked at an illustration, unsure if it was created traditionally or digitally? In this workshop, illustrator Anna Raff will share her process combining reflective and digital assets using collage techniques in Adobe Photoshop. She will cover tips and tricks with masking, line and texture “extraction,” digital-coloring, actions, and more to create imagery that will leave even the savviest viewer uncertain how the work originated. Attendees will create their own “Frankensteined” illustration using scans of textures and line art provided.

 Requirements: Participants should have a working knowledge of the Mac OS, and Adobe Photoshop (use of pre-scanned images, layers, marquee, brushes, and cloning tools, etc.).
What to Bring: a fully charged laptop with Adobe Photoshop up and running, and enough free space for approximately 100MB of files to work on in class. Attendees should also bring their digital drawing tool of choice—Wacom tablet and stylus (recommended), mouse, etc.
Anna Raff is an award-winning illustrator of several books for children including WORLD RAT DAY, A BIG SURPRISE FOR LITTLE CARD, and the forthcoming THE DAY THE UNIVERSE EXPLODED MY HEAD, due in Spring 2019. Before her career as an illustrator, Anna was a designer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and several children’s book publishers. She is on the faculty of the School of Visual Arts, has an MFA from the School of Visual Arts, a BA from Connecticut College, and lives in New York City, where there are reportedly four rats per human resident. For more of her work, visit [LINK:]
July 8, 2018

Illustrator Workshop: A Hands-On Approach to Collage and Mixed Media with Selina Alko

Date(s) – 07/08/2018
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Paragraph: Workspace for Writers
84 Withers St. 5th Floor – Brooklyn, New York 11211

In this workshop award-winning writer-illustrator Selina Alko will demonstrate how she paints and prepares textured papers for her collage and mixed media work. After a brief slideshow and demonstration, participants will then prepare their own papers and create their own mixed media pieces

It is no wonder that award-winning writer-illustrator Selina Alko now spends her days melding words and mixed-media art to convey stories of hope and inspiration—as well as an alternative viewpoint. Growing up in Vancouver, British Columbia with a Turkish father who spoke seven languages and taught painting, and a mother who worked in the family’s century old metal recycling business, she was surrounded by the melody of words and stories from different places. The diverse world view she was privy to have inspired and fueled her ever since, and they are evident in her books such as The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage which she co-created with her husband Sean Qualls; Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt and co-illustrated with Qualls; and B is for Brooklyn which she wrote and illustrated herself.

What to bring:  scissors, glue stick(s), acrylic paint, variety of colors, roller/brayer, paint brushes,  sketch book, some old newspapers

Workshop limited to 20 attendees.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Location: Paragraph Workspace for Writers: 84 Withers St. 5th Floor , Brooklyn  


June 30, 2018

Illustrator Workshop: Incorporating Traditional Printmaking Techniques in Illustration

Paragraph: Workspace For Writers
84 Withers Street 5th Floor- Brooklyn, NY ( off of G and L Trains)

The workshop will involve doing some rubber carving and learning how to make a stamp and use it to build an illustration with the printed/stamped elements.

Printmaking techniques can be intimidating. They often involve big pieces of equipment and/or require access to a lab facility.  In this workshop you will learn basic block printing techniques that require few materials and can be done in your own home. You will create your own carved rubber stamps and learn how to print and incorporate them into your illustrations.

What to Bring:   Tracing paperBristol Paper Pad, Speedball Super Value Block Printing Starter Kit (Contains: 1.25oz (37ml) Black Water-Soluble Block Printing Ink, Soft Rubber Pop-In Brayer, Lino Handle, #1, #2, and #5 Lino Cutters and 4 x 6 inch Speedy-Carve block.)

Facilitator:  Cecilia Ruiz

Cecilia Ruiz is a Mexican author, illustrator and graphic designer living and working in New York City. She obtained a BFA in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a MFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators and American Illustration. Some of her clients include the New York Times, Penguin Random House, Fast Company and Life & Style magazines, among others. The Book of Memory Gaps, her debut as an author published by Blue Rider Press (Penguin Random House), was considered one of the most intelligent and imaginative books published in 2015 by Maria Popova’s Brain PickingsA Gift from Abuela (Candlewick Press) and The Book of Extraordinary Deaths (Penguin Random House) will be published in 2018.
Instagram: @cecifonik

This workshop is limited to 20 attendees.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 PM | Location: Paragraph Workspace for Writers: 84 Withers St. 5th Floor , Brooklyn


June 12, 2018 

Page-to-Stage: Writers Reading Out Loud with Author and Educator Caron Levis

 You wrote it, and now somebody wants you to read it–out loud!Whether you relish or dread it, the public reading is part of a writer’s life. Whether it’s on a large stage to fellow writers, an auditorium of teenagers, or a small classroom of young children, the experience should and can be enjoyable for both you and your audience. This workshop will prepare you to be comfortable, confident, and creative while reading your work. You’ll learn exercises for relaxation, projection, and expression and practice techniques for engaging your audience. Whether you are a shy new speaker or an experienced reader you will take away techniques for making your moment enjoyable and memorable.

What To Bring: Yourself dressed in comfortable clothes and shoes, and a few lines of a quote, song, saying or any prose that is not yours and is comfortably memorized–keep it super simple. (“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine you make me happy when skies are gray” is a good example. Happy Birthday is also fine!)

Caron Levis is the author of the picture books, May I Have A Word? (FSG)  Stuck with the Blooz, (HMH) and Ida, Always (Atheneum) which the New York Times Book Review calls, “an example of children’s books at their best.” Forthcoming titles include Stop That Yawn! (Atheneum, 2018) and Mama’s Shoes (Abrams 2019)  Caron (LMSW; MFA) is an adjunct professor and the coordinator for The New School’s Writing for Children/YA MFA program. She has studied acting at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center, the Moscow Arts Theatre, and the Michael Chekhov Acting studio. After many years as a drama based arts educator, Caron now loves using acting and writing to teach social, emotional, and literacy skills to students of all ages through her author workshops.

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

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May 8, 2018

Using Psychological Principles to Create Authentic Characters with Jessica Bayliss.

Are you a character-driven or a plot-driven writer? The problem is, the best books are both. In this workshop, licensed clinical psychologist and writer, Jessica Bayliss, will teach you how to use psychological principles to create your most authentic characters and learn a method for letting your characters’ emotional and cognitive experiences truly drive the plot of your books. Topics will include character insight, judgement, motivation, emotion, thought, and behavior. All theories are based on decades of research. You will receive several worksheets, including the Character Map template, which not only allows for great characters, it also facilitates authors’ ability to plot out scenes that convey true emotional/personal transformation. The goal of this workshop: learn how to be both a character and a plot-driven writer.

Jessica Bayliss is a clinical psychologist by day and a writer all the time. Author of the young adult horror novella, BROKEN CHORDS, she has been a lover thrillers and ghost tales since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers. She also loves to eat, cook, and exercise—in that order—and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.  Look for her upcoming release, TEN AFTER CLOSING (Sky Pony Press, spring 2018). For more information about Jessica and about PsychWRITE, her series of courses and workshops for writers, visit:

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

April 10, 2018

Professional Series: Spring into Magazine Writing For Children

Did you know that Highlights Magazine has a circulation of over 2 million?  Getting a story, article, game in something like that is a great way to promote name recognition for any writer.  Karen DelleCava and Emily Goodman, both veterans of magazine writing will give you a crash course on how to write for the children’s magazine market.

Karen DelleCava’s short stories for middle grade and younger readers have appeared in Highlights along with games, crafts and party plans. Two short stories are scheduled for February and April 2018. Her young adult novel, A Closer Look, was named a 2011 Top 40 title for realistic fiction by the PA School Librarians Assoc. When Karen isn’t reading, writing or playing Scrabble, you’ll find her at the gym in Zumba class.

Emily Goodman is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. She is the author of the award-winning picture book Plant Secrets and fiction and nonfiction in children’s magazines including CobblestoneHighlightsAppleSeedsOdyssey, and New Moon  

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

================================= March 13, 2018

Professional Series:  Landing a Literary Agent: Advice from an Agent/Clients 

Literary Agent Alexander Slater (Trident Media Group) and his clients, middle grade author Jodi Kendall (THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY, HarperChildrens, October 2017, and DOG DAYS IN THE CITY, forthcoming October, 2018) and up-and-coming middle grade and young adult author Janae Marks, demystify the querying process and offer tips & resources for aspiring kidlit authors. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn current manuscript wish lists, purchase an autographed copy of THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY, ask questions in an informal educational setting, and submit a query letter to Alexander. Whether you’re an aspiring author who’s been in the querying trenches for months/years, or a newbie looking to gain querying insight from various perspectives in the industry, there will be helpful tips and networking opportunities for everyone.

Alexander Slater has been with prominent NYC literary agency Trident Media Group since 2010. As an agent in the Foreign Rights department, he represented the entire agency’s middle grade and young adult titles. He’s attended the book fairs in Bologna, London, and Frankfurt, and is now building his list domestically. Some of his clients include Dana Langer, Ali Novak, L.J. Smith, Jodi Kendall, Molly Booth, Kelly Yang, and Tim Grove. He has sold his client’s books to Abrams Children’s, Greenwillow, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Arthur A. Levine Books, St. Martin’s, Chronicle, and Disney-Hyperion, respectively. Learn more about Alexander and his submission guidelines here:

Jodi Kendall’s debut middle grade novel THE UNLIKELY STORY OF A PIG IN THE CITY sold at auction in a two-book deal to HarperCollins Children’s Books within weeks of submission. Jodi is a former freelance wildlife journalist, with clients including Nat Geo Wild and the National Geographic Channel, and an official Guest Speaker for Skype Classroom. You can learn more about Jodi at and read her debut author interview in the 2018 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.

Janae Marks’s debut middle grade novel FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON sold at auction in a two-book deal to Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins, and will be published in winter 2020. She received an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School, and is an active SCBWI member. You can learn more about Janae at

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

January 9, 2018

Professional Series: What Writers Need to Know About the Various Stages of Their Careers and What Skills They Need to Survive – with Literary Agent, Quressa Robison (Nelson Literary) 

Quressa Robinson joined the Nelson Literary Agency in 2017 after working at a previous agency and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York based agent, she is eager to build her YA and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much TV–mostly Sailor Moon and Harry Potter (Slytherin!), eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever husband, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. So, give her stories that will make her geek out. If you can make her have an epic fangirl squee–have stories featuring fairies and warrior princesses with afros and rainbow dreads or envision winter elves inspired by an Asian or Latinx culture–then you are definitely a match. She’s also looking for stories with best friends like Molly and Issa on Insecure, enemies to lovers, coming-of-age stories, The Breakfast Club with a twist, family drama and witches (!), and alpha heroes paired with witty heroines. If you have bold, fresh, or quirky stories they will be right up her alley. She’s also looking for stories that feel timeless and timely despite the current climate or when they were originally written. Or give her something she didn’t know she desperately needed. Above all, give her stories she can become deeply passionate about.

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


Saturday, November 4, 2017

On The Road in Westchester: The Three Things Necessary To Write a Story with Nick Bruel

Date(s) – 11/04/2017
2:00 pm

First Baptist Church of White Plains
456 North Street – White Plains, New York 10605

The Three Things Necessary To Write a Story

As an award winning author, Nick Bruel will tell you the three things necessary to writing a story: Be Curious, Be Compassionate, and Be Brave.

Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of New York Times bestseller BoingBad KittyBad Kitty Gets a Bath and Bad Kitty Meets the Baby, among others. Nick is a freelance illustrator and cartoonist, and during his down time, he collects PEZ dispensers and grows tomatoes in the backyard. He lives in Briarcliff Manor, NY with his wife Carina, their daughter Izzy and their sometimes-good-sometimes-bad cats Esmerelda and Rose

Time: 2:000 PM – 4:00 PM  Location:First Baptit Church of White Plians| Buy Tickets


Monday, November 6, 2017 

AGENTS PANEL:FREE CO-EVENT for SCBWI Members & 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.


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.


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: 6:00PM-8:00PM  | Location: The Auditorium at the New School 66 West 12th Street, NYC |  Buy Tickets


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Professional Series: First Pages with Kat Brzozowski (Editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwal and Friends) and Daniel Nayeri (Publisher at Workman”s Publishing).

Tickets go on sale October 15, 2017.

Bring your First Pages for an opportunity to be critiqued by two publishing professionals – Kat Brzozowski (Editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel and Friends) and Daniel Nayeri (Publisher at Workman’s Publishing)

Bring 4 copies of your first page.  Do not put your name on it.  Have title, age group and word count on top  of a finished ms. Use 1 inch margins, 12 pt. Times New Roman Font, double spaced.  Picture book writers: Please bring first page of your manuscript and NOT the first page of your picture book.
First page submissions will be open to SCBWI members only due to limited reading time. Observer tickets open to SCBWI members and non members. (Observers will not have their first pages read.)
Kat Brzozowski  is an editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends. She has edited a wide range of young adult fiction, including Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon was Ours, which received a Stonewall Honor and was longlisted for a National Book Award, and new Fear Street books in R.L. Stine’s best-selling series, which has sold over eighty million copies worldwide. Kat is looking to acquire young adult fiction across a wide range of genres, especially contemporary, realistic YA with a strong hook; dark, contemporary fiction, mysteries, suspense and thrillers; and sci-fi and fantasy that’s mostly rooted in this world. She is especially interested in YA with crossover appeal and diverse characters.
Before being promoted to Publisher at Workman Publishing Company, Daniel Nayeri was the director of children’s publishing at Workman Publishing Company where he oversaw a team of designers, editors, and inventors in the pursuit of creating “art objects for great and terrible children.” Before that, he was digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editor at Clarion Books, and before that, a professional pastry chef. Daniel was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the author of several books for young readers, including Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas, and How to Tell a Story.
was the director of children’s publishing at Workman Publishing Company where he oversaw a team of designers, editors, and inventors in the pursuit of creating “art objects for great and terrible children.” Before that, he was digital editorial director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, editor at Clarion Books, and before that, a professional pastry chef. Daniel was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the author of several books for young readers, including Straw House, Wood House, Brick House, Blow: Four Novellas, and How to Tell a Story.
Time: 7:30-9:30PM | Location: Anthroposophical Society, NYC | Tickets

Tuesday, 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


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 and follow her @kendralevin

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


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


August 26, 2017 

Afternoon Retreat at Langston Hughes House

Details to follow


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


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


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:

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


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


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



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


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


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 

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!


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!