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SCBWI Metro New York Tuesday Professional Series
where professionals from the publishing world share their wisdom and advice.

Sept | Oct | Nov | Dec | Jan | Feb | March | April | May | June

The Professional Series meets once a month from September to June.
Speaker information for each month is available below.
Please re-check details closer to meeting dates in case of last minute changes.

Location: The Anthroposophical Society, New York Branch,
138 West 15th Street (between 6th Avenue & 7th Avenue).

Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm. Doors open at 7:15pm.
If you are pre-registered and you have not checked in by 7:20pm,
we will assume you are not coming and assign your seat to someone else.

Cost: $15 for SCBWI members, $20 for nonmembers
Seating is limited to the first 80 people.


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  • Walk-ins: We do accept payment at the door; however, due to the popularity of the Professional Series, meetings often sell out

    Upcoming Events:

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    for details on the 2014 - 2015 season which will commence in September.


    Previous Events:

    June 10, 2014
    Richard Peck: Shaping Story from the Opening Line
    "You are only as good as your first line." In this interactive workshop, award-winning author, Richard Peck will help writers of Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels refine opening lines of their works-in-progress. Attendees will be invited to share their "first lines" at this event and learn from America's most highly respected writers for children and young adults.

    May 17, 2014
    The Anatomy of a Picture Book with Julia Sooy
    Join Julia Sooy, publisher’s assistant at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, as we dissect the modern picture book, looking generally at the format of what makes a picture book a picture book (and why that might be different from the picture books of youths and years past).

    May 13, 2014
    So Your Character Walks into a Plot Hole ... And Other Common Traps To Avoid In Your YA amd MG Manuscripts
    Brett Wright, Associate Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books. Brett works on children’s books for all ages, from picture books through YA. At Bloomsbury, he has edited the Athlete vs. Mathlete series, two novels-in-verse, a YA Shakespearean novel, and the forthcoming middle-grade series, Dance Divas

    April 8, 2014
    Sharpening Your Re-Vision -- an Independent Editor Talks About Craft with Harold Underdowns
    Harold Underdowns is an independent children's book editor who works with authors and publishers. Harold enjoys teaching, and in that role wrote The Complete Idiot's Guide to Children's Book Publishing, now in its third edition. Harold will talk about some of the most useful techniques and point you to resources where you can find more.

    March 11, 2014
    Illustration Agents & Art Reps Panel: Putting Your Best Portfolio Forward
    Join Brooks Sherman, Literary Agent at FinePrint Literary Management, Elena Giovinazzo, Literary Agent at Pippin Properties, Inc., and Justin Rucker, Art rep at Shannon Associates who will give a brief overview of their agencies, and discuss what makes a good portfolio.

    February 25, 2014
    Heart Plus Humor Equals Comedy with Lin Oliver
    Lin Oliver is a leading children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television series and movies for children. With her co-author Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling book series, HANK ZIPZER: WORLD’S BEST UNDERACHIEVER, which has sold almost four million copies worldwide. Lin is the co-founder, along with Stephen Mooser, of the SCBWI, an international organization of 22,000 writers, illustrators and publishers of children’s books, and serves as its Executive Director.

    February 4, 2014
    The ABC of It: Why Children's Books Matter with Leonard Marcus
    Join curator Leonard Marcus for an insider’s look at the making of The New York Public Library’s landmark exhibition –The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter.

    February 8, 2014
    Man on Wire: the Importance of Narrative Tension with Sean McCarthy
    Sean McCarthy began his publishing career as an editorial intern at Overlook Press before moving to the Sheldon Fogelman Agency. He worked as the submissions coordinator and permissions manager before becoming a full-time literary agent. He works on children’s books for all ages, and is actively looking to build his client list.

    January 14, 2014
    Agents Panel with Laura Biagi, Brenda Bowen and Bridget Smith
    Our agents panel this year will be made up of Laura Biagi of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency Inc., Brenda Bowen of Greenburger Associates, and Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, Inc. Find out what each agency is looking for and how they operate. Buy tickets early as this event is sure to sell out

    December 10, 2013
    A Community of Illustrators: A Conversation with 4 Local Children's Illustrators

    Being an illustrator is exciting; your To Do list might include lines like “ draw anthropomorphic trucks”, “research Macy’s Day parade”, “work on lawn ornament character designs”, or “buy apples at farmer’s market for reference”. Hear four of New York’s children’s illustrators, Dan Yaccarino, David Gordon, Brett Helquist, and Kelly Light talk about their projects, working solo, and finding support from the community of NY illustrators and bookmakers.

    November 12, 2013
    Picture Books From Beginning to Middle to End
    Dierdre Jones, Assistant Editor with Little Brown Books for Young Readers will focus on the narrative arc of a picture book, and how each of these three sections is important to creating a successful, satisfying story.

    October 8, 2013
    Non Fiction, Then and Now with James Cross Giblin

    James Cross Giblin has been a major figure in the field of children's book publishing since the 1970s. Not only has he edited the work of many important authors during his years at Clarion Books, but Giblin himself has written many nonfiction books for young readers. As Giblin once explained, "Nonfiction books for children aged eight to twelve [give] me the opportunity to pursue my research interests, meet interesting and stimulating experts in various fields, and share my enthusiasms with a young audience. I try to write books that I would have enjoyed reading when I was the age of my readers."

    September 10, 2013
    Rebecca Stead, Newberry winner (When You Reach Me) and Wendy Lamb, editor (Random House) in Conversation

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