Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual ShopTalk: The Revision Checklist with Lisa Papademetriou

Date(s) - 08/11/2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Novelists often try to do everything all at once: work on plot, develop theme, capture imagery, build character arcs, construct witty dialogue, craft elegant sentences, clarify secondary characters, and so on. It’s a lot to manage and can cause entire plotlines, characters, and motivations to disappear halfway through a manuscript. It can also make writers feel overwhelmed. The fields of aviation, medicine, and software engineering all utilize checklists to ensure that nothing gets overlooked. Lisa Papademetriou’s simple checklist system helps with drafting and revising by clarifying and separating elements so that writers can approach work one task at a time.

Only for SCBWI members! When you register for a ShopTalk this fall, you’ll automatically receive a free fall subscription to Bookflow, the cloud-based tool that helps writers stay motivated and organized all the way to “The End”. Get unstuck with writing prompts, set goals, track progress, and easily reorder work. (No credit card required, free until December 1, 2020). You will receive an email about how to join Bookflow after the event.

Lisa Papademetriou is the author of Apartment 1986 (a School Library Journal Popular Pick), A Tale of Highly Unusual Magic (a South Asia Book Award Highly Commended Title), the New York Times-bestselling novel Middle School: My Brother is a Big, Fat Liar and Homeroom Diaries (both with James Patterson), the Confectionately Yours series (over 800,000 books in print), and many other novels for middle grade and young adult readers. Her books have appeared on many prestigious lists, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, the NYPL Books for the Teen Age, and the Texas Lone Star Reading List. She is the founder of, cloud-based software that helps writers get motivated and organized.

This event is members only. If you do not see a registration link, you need to go to to sign in.

The event will not be taped.