Walk-ins: We do accept payment at the door; however, due to the popularity of the Professional Series, meetings often sell out
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
SCBWI Metro Special Presentation
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.
SCBWI Metro "On-The-Road" Tarrytown, NY
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.
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.
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.
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
June 11, 2013
Setting the Scene with Ruta Rimas
A constructive dialogue about better, believable world-building in Middle Grade and YA, by looking at specific examples and applying the techniques to your own work.
Ruta Rimas is an editor for the Atheneum and Margaret K. McElderry imprints at Simon & Schuster, for which she edits picture books, middle-grade novels, and teen novels for both. Ruta loves characters that come to life on the pages, stories that resonate long after the last page is read, and fiction that challenges our preconceived notions of the world.
May 14, 2013
Low Cost Marketing for Children's Books with Kellie Celia from Walden Media
It's no secret: authors are increasingly expected to carry the weight of their promotional efforts. But a full-fledged marketing campaign can run into thousands of dollars and more, leaving few options for those with smaller budgets.
In this workshop, learn how to establish relationships with book bloggers and tastemakers, utilize social networks to build buzz, and create your own online marketing campaigns.
has worked in a marketing and editorial capacity for the publishing arm of film production company Walden Media for the past seven years.
April 9, 2013
Agents Panel with Regina Brooks, Holly McGhee and Jim McCarthy
Our Agents Panel will feature Regina Brooks from Serendipity Literary Agency, Holly McGhee from the New York based literary agency- Pippin Properties and Jim McCarthy of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management. Find out what each agency is looking for and how they operate. Buy tickets early as this event is sure to sell out
March 12, 2013
"Saying Yes . . . And"
How to Use the Techniques of Improvisational Comedy When Creating Your Stories.
Chris Grabenstein is the multiple award-winning, best-selling author of the Haunted Mystery series for Random House Children's Books and the Riley Mack caper series for HarperCollins Children's Books.
Chris uses the rules of improvisation every time he sits down to write and will show you how to avoid writer's block...forever!
February 5, 2013
"Never Give Up. I Repeat. Never Give Up."
Making the Good News and Bad News Work for You
Creating characters and images from ink, whether in the real world, or digitally, Priscilla Burris delights most in bringing out the element of expression, emotion, and what's bursting to be shared from heart and soul and life!
A native Californian of Hispanic descent, Author-Illustrator Priscilla Burris counts herself crazy blessed to have grown up right across the street from her local neighborhood public library in East Los Angeles, where her love and devotion for children's books was born.
January 8, 2013
What Libraries Are Looking For In New Children's Books with Betsy Bird
Selling to the library market isn't anything like selling to parents or teachers. With their diverse clientele librarians have distinct needs and wants unlike any other buyers out there. Find out what libraries are looking for in new children's books (CORE Curriculum titles, gaps, themes, trends, etc.) and what they definitely need to see less of.