Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Date(s) - 07/15/2020 - 11/15/2020
12:00 am

We appreciate all the support we’ve received these past few months in regards to shifting our conference to a virtual format. As we’ve stated, we are extremely excited about the faculty members who have agreed to participate this year, and we can’t wait for you to begin interacting with them.

The conference webinars are offered to the SCBWI-Carolinas Region members free of charge as a goodwill gesture during these uncertain times.

Critiques, portfolio reviews, and intensives are “extras”, just as they are at our in-person events, so the webinar discount code does NOT apply!

Manuscript Critiques

Manuscript critiques are $50 for SCBWI members and $65 for non-members.

All manuscripts are DUE BY AUGUST 15.

Register for a Manuscript Critique

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

Space is limited

Members will only be able to register for one manuscript critique.

Portfolio Reviews

Kirk Benshoff, accomplished graphic designer & art director at Macmillan, will be provide private, one-on-one illustrator portfolio reviews via zoom.

You can choose to register for one of two date options.

After registering, you will receive an email to select a time slot on your review date.

Portfolio Reviews are $50 for members and $60 for non-members.

All portfolios are DUE BY AUGUST 15.

Email your portfolio to

Portfolios should be 10-15 images, and must be submitted as a multi-page PDF.

Space is limited

Members will only be able to register for one portfolio review.

Picture Book Dummy Reviews

Aram Kim is a writer and illustrator as well as a designer of picture books for children. This is a 3-hour intensive zoom session during which 20 participants can present book dummies for critique. Aram Kim will provide live feedback for each dummy book.

Intensive for Illustrators is $75 for members and $95 for non-members.

All picture book dummies are DUE BY SEPTEMBER 15.

Email your picture book dummy to

Register for Picture Book Dummy Reviews

Space is limited

SCBWI Blueboards: Carolinas Critiques

This is a private board for SCBWI members in the Carolinas who are interested in finding a critique partner or joining or creating a critique group.

Conference Faculty

We are thrilled to announce the following faculty who have agreed to participate in this year’s online conference. Read brief biographies about our faculty guests.

Art Directors:

  • Aram Kim- Macmillan Children’s Publishing
  • Kirk Benshoff- First Second Books


  • Brian Geffen- Editor, Macmillan
  • Kate Meltzer- Editor, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan


  • Katie Grimm- Don Congdon Associates
  • Chelsea Eberly- Greenhouse Literary

Additional Agents Critiquing Manuscripts:

  • Kelly Dyksterhouse- Raven Quill Literary
  • Tara Gonzalez- Erin Murphy Literary
  • Wendi Gu- Sandford J. Greenburger Associates
  • Laurel Symonds- The Bent Agency
  • Victoria Wells Arms- Wells Arms Literary

Keynotes by Authors

  • Sheila Turnage
  • Tameka Fryer Brown


All of our webinars and workshops will be conducted via Zoom. These sessions will begin in September and conclude in November.

Register on the individual webinar workshop pages.

All SCBWI-Carolinas members must use the emailed coupon code the week of July 13, 2020 to get the discount on the webinars.

How to Grow Onions: Creating multi-layered characters your readers will love

Sheila Turnage, Frances O’Roark Dowell, and Bobbie Pyron
Date: 09/15/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Art of Characterization: How to Create a Winning Protagonist

Brian Geffen
Editor – Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group/Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
Date: 09/17/2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Work Before the Work: Pre-Planning Your Novel

Megan Shepherd
New York Times Bestseller & Carnegie Medal Nominated Author
Date: 09/22/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Kicking Off with Character

Chelsea Eberly
Agent at Greenhouse Literary Agency
Date: 09/26/2020
Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

From Sketchbook to Story

Brandon Reese
Author & Illustrator
Date: 09/28/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

From Start to Finish: How to Write a Novel in a Month

Dorothy H. Price
Date: 10/05/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Keynote: The Alchemy & Craft of Fiction

Sheila Turnage
New York Times Bestselling Author
Date: 10/08/2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Writing Bad Guys (and Gals): A Villainous Workshop

Louise Hawes
Date: 10/12/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Oh, What a Beautiful . . . Chapter One: Lifting the Curtain on Opening Chapters

Kate Meltzer
Date: 10/15/2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The How and Why of Writing Neurodivergent Characters

Halli Gomez
Date: 10/19/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Writing Young Voices: Differences Between Middle Grade, YA and Adult Fiction with Young Protagonists

Katie Grimm
Agent at Don Congdon Associates
Date: 10/22/2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

How to Focus your Reader’s Attention

Elizabeth Dulemba
Award-winning Author & Illustrator
Date: 10/24/2020
Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am

What I Learned about Picture Books from Screenwriting and what I Learned about Screenwriting from Picture Books

Vincent Kirsch
Award-Winning Author, Illustrator, Playwright, Screenwriter & Puppeteer
Date: 11/04/2020
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Creating Memorable Characters Readers Will Fall in Love With

Aram Kim
Writer, Illustrator, and Designer
Date: 11/05/2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Closing Keynote: Writing True North – Crafting Characters from the Heart

Tameka Fryer Brown
Award-winning Picture Book Author
Date: 11/09/2020
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

SCBWI Carolinas 2020 Book Shop

All our conference authors books are now available. Place an Order Today.

This is a private board for SCBWI members in the Carolinas who are interested in finding a critique partner or joining or creating a critique group.
We believe that offering this event free to our members is the best option for our region and know that a large percentage of our membership has never had the chance to attend a conference. This will be a way to share a revised version of the traditional “conference experience” in a way that we hope will bring joy and unity.

We hope our members will see this as an opportunity to receive quality programming while also supporting our community at large during this strange time in our history.