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:


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: 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


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!