Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Writing from the Inside Out Retreats

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Ready to dive into a new book (or two or three)? This workshop and retreat series is for you! Writing from the Inside Out is a nine-month workshop series designed to help you create the best stories you can, then polish your submission package and get your work to interested agents and editors.

The workshop is really a mini master class–a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of writing for children.

About the workshop:

You will attend a series of 90-minute meetings with other interested writers; these take place twice a month, with the exception of November and December (one meeting each). Each year, the workshop will focus on one type of writing (novels, picture books, nonfiction, or graphic novels). Experienced writers will guide you through the process of developing your story (or stories), and you will work in small, collaborative groups to iron out the kinks as you go.

All meetings take place via Zoom to engage in new lessons, discuss the ups and downs of your progress, and provide you with check-ins to keep you on track to a finished—even polished—story (or several, if you are writing picture books).

After the final meeting, participants will receive an exclusive submission opportunity with a select group of agents and editors interested in seeing the work completed during the workshop.



2020-2021 – Novels
2021-2022 – Picture books
2022-2023 – Nonfiction
2023-2024 – Graphic Novels (coming soon!)
2024-2025 – Novels (and the cycle starts again)

Questions? Ask our Workshop Coordinator, Katie Martens