Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Shop Talk

Monday Shop Talk
Monday evenings

7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central)/6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Mountain)

Join us for our weekly Shop Talk gatherings! Each meeting has a short overview of some kidlit topic, followed by time to ask questions, dive deeper into the topic, share your works in progress, and socialize.

These will continue online after we are able to gather in person again; it’s a great way for all of us—no matter where we live—to be part of the community.

How they work:

(1) Log in to your SCBWI account.

(2) Go to the Shop Talk Access page and click the link during the meeting time (or enter the meeting ID and passcode) and you’re good to go. You MUST be logged in to access that page. This ensures that only members can join the meetings.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, you will want to watch this video on downloading Zoom (you need an app to join the meetings) and this one on setting up your audio and video. You do NOT need to create a Zoom account to join our Shop Talk or any other Zoom event.

Why should you attend?

They’re fun. You can get answers to your burning questions. You might learn something unexpected. It’s an escape from real life for an hour (and can be considered happy hour, if you choose).

Not enough? Each time you attend, your name will be entered in our bi-monthly drawing for a free webinar. The more you attend, the more likely you will be to win.


Upcoming topics:

September 6 – Labor Day – No shop talk

September 13 – Pacing part 2: the shrunken manuscript

September 20 – How to apply critiques to your portfolio

September 27 – Mining information from Publisher’s Marketplace

October 4 – Pitch workshop (bring your pitches!)

October 11 – Paring down your picture book text

October 18 – Type/design for author illustrators

October 25 – Tools to elevate your “voice”


This is what we have scheduled for upcoming meetings. Have an idea for a topic you’d like us to include? Let us know!

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