Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Oh, What a Beautiful . . . Chapter One: Lifting the Curtain on Opening Chapters-Editor Kate Meltzer

Date(s) - 10/15/2020
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Online Workshop
SCBWI - Carolinas, Webinar

Workshop Description

Whether it’s a heart-pounding thriller or a thrilling love story, every novel starts at the beginning. And no matter what your story’s about, that chapter’s got magic to do!

But what makes a great first chapter? Is it about following tradition, giving your characters the right company, or a combination of all that jazz? There are many different ways to craft an opening, but they all share some integral elements that we’ll explore through the lens of musical theater’s greatest opening numbers.

In this webinar, we’ll take a deep dive together on the components that will help your opening chapter really sing.


Kate Meltzer is an editor at Roaring Brook Press, a division of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. She 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).


  • $0.00 SCBWI Carolinas Member, but must use discount code to get this price!
  • $20 all other SCBWI members
  • $30 Non-SCBWI members

When does registration open and close?

OPENS: July 15, 2020
CLOSES: September 30, 2020
Please note: Participation is capped on Zoom (our hosting platform)

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 September 15, 2020