SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

MANUSCRIPT CRITIQUE REGISTRATION: 2020 Crafting Characters Fall Conference

Date/Time
Date(s) - 07/15/2020 - 08/11/2020
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Location
Online Workshop
SCBWI - Carolinas, Webinar


SOLD OUT! 

 

All manuscript critiques will be via email this year.

You may only register for ONE critique!

Participants should email properly formatted manuscripts to scbwiccritiques@gmail.com by midnight on Saturday, August 15.

Critiqued manuscripts will be returned to you via email by Sunday, November 15.

How to Format and Submit Manuscripts, Picture Book Dummies, and Graphic Novels for a Manuscript Critique

We are thrilled to introduce this year’s lineup of editors and agents who are offering their time and talents for manuscript critiques!

Editors:

Brian Geffen, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Kate Meltzer, Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Agents:

  • Kelly Dyksterhouse, Raven Quill Literary Agency
  • Chelsea Eberly, Greenhouse Literary
  • Tara Gonzalez, Erin Murphy Literary Agency
  • Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates
  • Wendi Gu, Sandford J. Greenburger Associates
  • Laurel Symonds, The Bent Agency
  • Victoria Wells Arms, Wells Arms Literary Agency

For more information about our critique faculty, please see below.

Registration Information:

OPENS: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 6 pm EST

CLOSES: Friday, August 14, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST

*Due to limited spots, you may only register for ONE critique!*

PRICING:

$50.00 SCBWI Member

$65.00 Non-member

Applying the Coupon Code to this event will invalidate registration.

Terms and Conditions

  • SCBWI Members MUST login to receive member pricing
  • There are no partial refunds for failure to login
  • All refunds may be subject to a 5% handling fee
  • No registration fees will be refunded after August 1, 2020

CRITIQUE FACULTY

Brian Geffen, Editor at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers: Brian is an editor at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers/Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. He has worked with wonderful authors such as Julie C. Dao, Gregory Zuckerman, John Flanagan, Heather Kassner, Remy Lai, Katy Rose Pool, Rocky Callen, Christian McKay Heidicker, Oliver Jeffers, Loren Long, Lorna Scobie, and Andrew Maraniss, among others. Brian acquires a wide variety of young adult and middle-grade fiction, particularly fantasy, realistic contemporary, and action/adventure, as well as graphic novels and humorous picture books. Born and raised in Queens, NY, Brian is a fan of traveling, eating, rap, and learning foreign languages.

Brian is open to critiquing picture book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome, as well as middle grade and young adult graphic novels.

Kate Meltzer, Editor at Roaring Brook Press, a division of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group: Kate has worked with bestselling and award-winning authors such as Marie Lu, Melissa de la Cruz, and Matt de la Peña, among others. Kate acquires projects across genres for younger readers of all ages, ranging from original board books up through realistic contemporary YA and beyond. According to IMDb, she’s an actress known for The Last Five Years (though she thinks her cameo as “Handelman Twin #1” barely counts).

Kate is open to critiquing picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome.

Kelly Dyksterhouse, Agent at Raven Quill Literary: Kelly would love to be a spy, but the truth is that she gets freaked out playing laser tag with her kids, so she wouldn’t be a very good one. Since she lacks real world bravado, she loves any kind of book that can transport her to another life to meet characters who are braver, funnier, more clever and just plain more interesting than she is and who have compelling stories that need to be told. Kelly holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and has worked for various literary agencies for eight years prior to joining Ravel Quill Literary Agency. She considers her style of agenting to be editorial and collaborative and enjoys nothing more than helping an author develop their idea into a polished manuscript and seeing their books on bookstore and library shelves-and in kids’ hands.

For picture books, she prefers character driven stories with lively text with a subversive bent and non-fiction that is focused on the natural world or has global appeal. For MG and YA, she is open to any genre, but is most drawn to books that have both humor and heart. She craves books with characters she wants to meet, root for, and who have clear desires and high stakes, worlds and settings that are vivid and immersive, and gorgeous writing.

Kelly is open to critiquing picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome.

Chelsea Eberly, Agent at Greenhouse Literary: Chelsea is an agent at the Greenhouse Literary Agency, representing authors of middle grade, young adult, and women’s fiction, as well as graphic novelists and illustrators who write picture books. As a former Senior Editor at Random House Books for Young Readers, she edited numerous award-winning and New York Times bestselling books. Chelsea is also a Publishers Weekly Star Watch Honoree, which recognizes “the rising stars of the US publishing industry.” Follow her on Twitter @chelseberly and learn more about her tastes at http://greenhouseliterary.com.

Chelsea is open to critiquing picture book, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novel manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome.

Tara Gonzalez, Agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency: Tara is an associate agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, as well as the assistant to Erin Murphy and the social media coordinator. She’s located in Florida, although she’s always planning her next big adventure. Beyond an obvious passion for books, Tara loves movies, cats, buying things she probably doesn’t need on Etsy, and getting hooked on TV shows that get canceled after one season.

Tara is open to critiquing middle grade and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome–basically any genre in MG or YA.

Katie Grimm, Agent at Don Congdon Associates: Katie represents and is seeking adult literary fiction, young adult, and middle grade with a heartbeat and sense of purpose. She’ll always be interested in the darker and weirder side of human history, previously under- or misrepresented experiences, and narratives that contribute to a larger cultural conversation.

She currently splits her time between New York and North Carolina and is actively seeking new voices from the South.

Katie is open to critiquing middle grade and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome.

Wendi Gu, Agent at Sandford J. Greenburger Associates: Wendi is lucky to work with fiction and nonfiction children’s books across the spectrum, from board books all the way up to young adult. She enjoys lyricism at the line level, sophisticated rhythm, as well as whimsical, absurdist humor. She does not shy away from heavy, darker subjects related to mental health, trauma, and displacement, with a special focus on family stories, and nonfiction books that unearth unexpected corners of history and science. For middle grade and young adult novels, she enjoys voice-driven stories with thoughtful, contemplative, often-flawed characters. She is looking for authors who value intersectionality.

Wendi is open to critiquing picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts.

Laurel Symonds, Agent at The Bent Agency: Laurel Symonds launched as a literary agent at The Bent Agency in Fall 2018 after nearly a decade of experience in the publishing industry. She began her career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books and has also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores.

As a literary agent, she is seeking children’s fiction and nonfiction. Her profile and submission guidelines are at www.thebentagency.com and she can also be found online on Twitter and Instagram (@LaurelSymonds).

Laurel is open to critiquing picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome.

Victoria Wells Arms, Agent at Wells Arms Literary Agency: Victoria founded her own literary agency, Wells Arms Literary in 2013, and joined HG Literary in 2018. Before that she was the founding editorial director of Bloomsbury USA’s Children’s Division, and was an editor at Putnam and Dial Books for Young Readers. She has an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and lives in New York City.

Victoria is open to critiquing picture book, chapter book, middle grade, and young adult manuscripts. Contemporary, historical, nonfiction, sci-fi/fantasy, and mystery/thriller genres are all welcome.


How to FORMAT and SUBMIT your manuscript for critique .

*Due to limited spots, you may only register for ONE critique!*

Applying the Coupon Code to this event will invalidate registration.

This event is fully booked.