Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Shop Talk

Monday Shop Talk
Every Monday
7:30 to 8:30 p.m. (Central)/6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Mountain)

During a recent Zoom meeting, the Advisory Board rediscovered the joy of talking kidlit. After weeks of isolation, it was liberating—and fun—to get together to chat, and we want that for all of our members, as well. So we have created weekly Shop Talk gatherings to allow anyone who wants to participate to join the conversation. These will have a short overview of some kidlit topic, followed by time to socialize.

These will continue 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 is late enough in the day to be 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:

For January and February of 2021, Shop Talk is focused on a series of preparatory Boot Camps for Ready, Set, Critique!

January 4 – Storyboarding (writers and illustrators)

January 11 – Tightening your first 15 pages (writers); Creating a book dummy (illustrators)

January 18 – First pages (writers); Portfolio preparation (illustrators)

January 25 – Formatting (writers); Preparing your illustrator website (illustrators)

February 1 – The SCBWI Gold Form—what is it and what can you expect from your critique

February 8 – How to interpret the critique you receive and make the most of your face-to-face meeting