Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

January and February 2020 ShopTalks!

January 12, 2020 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
WestportWRITES Presents Author Tara Sullivan
Westport Library, Westport, CT
This workshop will cover how to summarize your story and why that matters. Nothing reveals the strengths and weaknesses of a novel more than its synopsis—but how on earth do you boil down a novel-length work into a few hundred words? In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn how to create a killer synopsis for your book, one step at a time. We’ll also discuss how a synopsis can clue you in to a revision plan and how to incorporate it in a query to a literary agent. You’ll leave this session with a targeted toolbox of editing tricks and the confidence to move forward on your project! Register online.

January 21, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Writers Toolbox Writing Workshop
Wakefield Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield, MA
Have you ever been told that you ‘tell” too much in your writing; that you need to ‘show” more? What does that even mean? Join us as author Kristine Asselin as she shares specific examples from published books to demonstrate how to infuse your writing with more detail and pull your reader into your story. Come prepared to write as we workshop our own writing samples. You’ll never be accused of ‘telling’ not ‘showing’ again!

Coming in February

February 1, 2020 @ 10 am – 11 am
Reading Like a Writer with Heidi Fiedler
McArthur Library, Biddeford, ME
Reading like a writer is a mindset and a process that helps us understand the how and why of a book. It’s about asking questions like “How did the author tell the story? And why did the author make those choices?” Reading like a writer helps writers of all skill levels deepen their craft, understand trends in the market place, keep in touch with their art even when they aren’t writing, and apply literary techniques that inspire them to their own work. This 60-minute workshop will show writers how to slow down, read every word, take notes, and think about the elements they struggle with in their own writing. We’ll ask, share insights, and practice new skills in a playful way, so writers can make this powerful practice part of their regular writing process.