Events for KidLit Writers

This KidLit Events listing focuses on webinars, courses, and conferences that are accessible for a majority of people. Most are online, but I have included larger in-person events. I update this list continually, so please let me know if I am missing or incorrect information.

JAN | FEB | MAR | APR | MAY | JUN | JUL | AUG | SEP | OCT | NOV | DEC


DESCRIPTION OF EVENT CATEGORIES

Webinar: a single session class online
Online Course: multiple-session class online
Conference: multiple courses within a single event
Contest: submission opportunity where winner(s) are selected
Pitch Event: opportunity to pitch projects to editors/agents
Challenge: timed event set to accomplish a certain project(s).

* Cities noted refer to location of in-person events.

FEBRUARY 2023

(1-28) NONFICTION FEST
www.nffest.com

(4) DIVERSITY PANEL
Webinar: https://sandiego.scbwi.org/

(4) LAURA GEHL ON BACKMATTER
Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org

(6) TIPS, TROPES, AND TRENDS: ROMANCE
Webinar: https://epa.scbwi.org

(7) BLOG WRITING
Online Course: www.writingclasses.com

(7) YAKKETY YAK: ANIMAL PROTAGONISTS IN PB with Rachel Orr
Webinar: https://epa.scbwi.org

(7) WRITING SEL PICTURE BOOKS
Webinar: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(7-9) CREATE YOUR NOVEL’S STYLE GUIDE
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(8) MARKETING YOUR BOOK ONLINE BEYOND SOCIAL MEDIA
Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org

(8) YA FIRST PAGES with Emily Forney
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(8) PICTURE BOOKS with Claire Morance
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(8) REVISION IS HARD with Karen Boss
Webinar: https://www.thewritersloft.org

(9) ADVANCED PICTURE BOOKS with Luana Horry
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(9-23) BEGINNING YOUR CHAPTER BOOK, MG, OR YA NOVEL
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(10) HIGHLIGHTS SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE
www.highlightsfoundation.org

(11) MAKING YOUR STORY UNPUTDOWNABLE: SECRETS IN CREATING SUSPENSE
Webinar: https://thewritingbarn.com

(11-12) SCBWI WINTER CONFERENCE
New York City, NY: https://www.scbwi.org/

(12) DISCOVERING THE K-12 EDUCATIONAL MARKET
Webinar: https://thewritingbarn.com

(14) CHILDREN’S BOOK WRITING
Online Course: www.writingclasses.com

(15) NONFICTION BOOK PROPOSAL
Online Course: www.writingclasses.com

(15) GETTING TO KNOW YOUR CHARACTER
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(15) WRITING FOR YOUNG READERS
Online Course: https://writers.com

(15) ADVANCE PICTURE BOOKS (NONFICTION) with Kristin Zelazko
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(15) BUILDING THE LANGUAGE OF YOUR WORLD
Webinar: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(15) STORYSNOBS PITCH CONTEST
Webinar: www.goodstorycompany.com

(15-17) SWEETHEART PITCH FEST
Pitch Event: https://savvyauthors.com

(16) GETTING STARTED WITH THE SAVE THE CAT! PLOTTING METHOD
Webinar: https://indiana.scbwi.org

(16) #PBPITCH (Picture Books)
Pitch Event: www.pbpitch.weebly.com 

(16) BACK MATTER MATTERS with Karen Boss
Webinar: https://www.thewritersloft.org

(17) HACK YOUR BRAIN INTO WRITING
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(18) THE ART OF THE PITCH with Lori Steel
Webinar: https://thewritingbarn.com

(18) MIDDLE GRADE ROUNDTABLE with Writers House Agents
Webinar: https://alaska.scbwi.org

(21) UNIQUE IDEAS STAND OUT with Karen Boss
Webinar: https://www.thewritersloft.org

(21) WE ALL HAVE A STORY TO TELL with Vivian Kirkfield
Webinar: https://midatlantic.scbwi.org

(22) MG FIRST PAGES with Alyson Heller
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(22) PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK with Carmen Oliver
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com

(23) HOW TO WRITE AN IRRESISTABLE QUERY
Webinar: www.goodstorycompany.com

(25) SEEING CHARACTERS AND THEIR WORLD: FILTERING DETAILS THROUGH POV
Webinar: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(25) VIRTUAL WINTER CONFERENCE
Online Conference: www.scbwi.org

(25) MARKETING BOOT CAMP
Webinar: https://austin.scbwi.org

(28) CRASH COURSE IN CHILDREN’S BOOK PUBLISHING
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(28) SCBWI BOOK LAUNCH AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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MARCH 2023

(1) ADVANCED PICTURE BOOKS (FICTION) with Catherine Laudone
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(1) #PBPARTY DEADLINE
Contest: https://mindyalyseweiss.com

(1) GOOD STORY BOOK CLUB
Webinar: www.goodstorycompany.com

(2) WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP: GENRE FICTION
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(2) WHAT IT TAKES TO GET AN OFFER with Editor Susan Chang
Webinar: https://rmc.scbwi.org

(3-5) 50 PRECIOUS WORDS
Contest: https://viviankirkfield.com/

(4) THE ART OF NONFICTION: WRITING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
Webinar: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(4) LATINE PANEL
Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org

(6) VISUAL THINKING FOR PB WRITERS
Webinar: https://epa.scbwi.org

(6) PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES with Rob Sanders
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(6) YA FIRST PAGES with Foyinsi Adegbonmire
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(7) LINE EDITING YOUR MG OR YA NOVEL
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(8) NOT YOUR TYPICAL BIOGRAPHY: WRITING NARRATIVELY ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(9) MG FIRST PAGES with Rachel Diebel
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(9) COMING OF AGE: A YA WORKSHOP
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(11) INTENSIVE ON GRAPHIC NOVELS
Webinar: https://sandiego.scbwi.org/

(11) VIRTUAL AGENTS DAY
Online Event: https://sfsouth.scbwi.org

(11) THE REVISION TOOLBOX
Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org

(11) PICTURE BOOKS with Art Director Saho Fujii
Webinar: https://sandiego.scbwi.org

(13) FIRST PAGES WORKSHOP
Webinar: https://nymetro.scbwi.org

(14) WRITING IN RHYTHM AND RHYME with Tameka Fryer Brown
Webinar: https://midatlantic.scbwi.org

(15) ADVANCED PICTURE BOOKS (NONFICTION) with Catherine Laudone
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(16) REVISE & RESUB
Submissions: https://www.reviseresub.com/

(16) FINDING YOUR STORY AS AN ILLUSTRATOR
Webinar: https://epa.scbwi.org

(16) PERFECTING THE PICTURE BOOK with Jyoti Gopal
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(16) SHAPE YOUR STORY INTENSIVE with Linda Epstein
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(16) DISSECTING THE FROG: ANALYZING HUMOR
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(19) WRITE. SUBMIT. SUPPORT. FOR NOVELIST
Online Program: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(19) WRITE. SUBMIT. SUPPORT. FOR PICTURE BOOK WRITERS
Online Program: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(21) SCBWI CRYSTAL KITE AWARD SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

(23) K.A. HOLT ON NOVELS IN VERSE
Webinar: https://wwa.scbwi.org

(23) UNPACKING THE P&L
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(23) MIDDLE GRADE MAGIC
Online Event: www.slj.com

(23-26) CREATING PICTURE BOOKS WITH HUMOR AND HEART
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(23) HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT PB STRUCTURE TO SAVE YOUR STORY
Online course: https://thevoiceroadmap.thinkific.com

(26) WRITE (& ILLUSTRATE). SUBMIT. SUPPORT. FOR AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS
Online Program: https://thewritingbarn.com

(28) THE PODCASTING STARTER KIT
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com

(29) TIPS AND TREATS FOR WRITING & MARKETING FOR CHILDREN
Andalusia, AL: https://bluelakecwr.com

(29-A1) CHILDREN’S MEDIA TRENDS
Andalusia, AL: https://bluelakecwr.com

(30) PICTURE BOOKS with Amy Thrall Flynn
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(31) ADVANCED PICTURE BOOKS with Lisa Rosinsky
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(31) SCBWI WORK IN PROGRESS AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

(31) SCBWI LATE BLOOMER AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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APRIL 2023

(1) SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR KIDLIT CREATORS
Webinar: https://indiana.scbwi.org

(1) PUBLISHED PICTURE BOOK TRACK
Livonia, MI: https://michigan.scbwi.org

(5-28) WRITING THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (Part 2)
Online Course: https://kidlithive.com

(6) #MOODPITCH
Pitch Event: www.moodpitch.org

(6) PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES with Rob Sanders
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com

(8) PERFECTING YOUR PITCH
Webinar: https://austin.scbwi.org

(8) #PITLIGHT
Pitch Event: www.pitlight.org

(13) ANTHOLOGIES: FROM BEING A CONTRIBUTOR TO PRESENTING YOUR OWN
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(13-16) COLOR, LIGHT, LINE, AND TEXTURE: ART AND EXPLORATION AND PLAY!
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(15) THINK LIKE AN AGENT with Kaitlyn Sanchez
Webinar: https://sandiego.scbwi.org/

(18) HOMEMADE HUMOR
Webinar: https://midatlantic.scbwi.org

(18) INTRODUCTION TO VERSE NOVELS
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(19) MG FICTION FIRST PAGES with Catherine Laudone
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(20) HOW TO GET YOUR WORK NOTICED
Webinar: https://rmc.scbwi.org

(20) POWER-UP YOUR CONFERENCE EXPERIENCE
Webinar: https://epa.scbwi.org

(22) HOOKS, QUERIES, & PROPOSALS: ANGLING TO LAND A CONTRACT
Webinar: https://write2ignite.com

(23) #COOKIEPITCH
Pitch Event: www.cookiepitch.com 

(23-26) CREATING PICTURE BOOKS WITH HUMOR AND HEART
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(26) PICTURE BOOK BIOGRAPHIES II with Rob Sanders
Online Course: https://thewritingbarn.com/

(26) ADULT & YA FICTION FIRST PAGES with Samantha Fabien
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(27) PICTURE BOOKS (NONFICTION) with Rachel Orr
Online Course: https://app.inkedvoices.com

(29) SCBWI CAROLINAS PAL BOOKFAIR
Davidson, NC: https://carolinas.scbwi.org

(30) FANTASY AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

(30) SCBWI PICTURE BOOK AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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MAY 2023

(2) SENSITIVITY READINGS
Webinar: https://nymetro.scbwi.org

(3-24) DEVOURING THE ELEPHANT: BREAKING DOWN CREATING THE PB DUMMY
Online Course: https://kidlithive.com

(4) FOREIGN RIGHTS 101
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(4-7) ASIAN AND ASIAN AMERICANS RETREAT
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(16) INSIDE THE KIDLIT STUDIO: Ame Dykman & Jenn Harney
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(18-21) GREENSBORO BOUND LITERARY FESTIVAL
Greensboro, NC: https://greensborobound.com

(31) CRASH COURSE IN CHILDREN’S BOOK PUBLISHING: ILLUSTRATOR’S EDITION
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(31) SCBWI GRAPHIC NOVEL AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

(31) SCBWI NOVEL-IN-VERSE AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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JUNE 2023

(4-7) AN INTERSECTIONAL LENS: AWARENESS & ACTION IN KIDS’ BOOKS
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(7-11) IN-COMPANY RETREAT FOR EXPERIENCED AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(8) YOUR BOOK IN THE WORLD with Megan E Freeman
Webinar: https://rmc.scbwi.org

(14) UNTIE THE TROPES: WRITE IN-DEPTH YA PROTAGONISTS
Online Course: https://writers.com

(15) A WHOLE NOVEL HISTORICAL for Historical Novelists
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(30) SCBWI EMERGING VOICES AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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JULY 2023

(7-11) SUMMER CAMP IN FICTION
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(12-15) SUMMER CAMP IN ILLUSTRATION
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(16-20) SUMMER CAMP IN NONFICTION
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(31) SCBWI BIPOC ILLUSTRATOR AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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AUGUST 2023

(4-6) SCBWI VIRTUAL SUMMER CONFERENCE
Online Event: www.scbwi.org

(17-22) WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

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SEPTEMBER 2023

(28) NATIVE CREATIVES RETREAT
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(30) SCBWI NARRATIVE ART AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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OCTOBER 2023

(4) CRASH COURSE IN CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(5) PUZZLING OUT YOUR PICTURE BOOK
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(11) LINE EDITING YOUR MG OR YA NOVEL
Online Course: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(19) FRACTURING FAIRY TALES (AND PUTTING THEM BACK TOGETHER)
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

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NOVEMBER 2023

(1-30) NATIONAL NOVEL WRITING MONTH
Challenge: https://nanowrimo.org

(5-10) WHOLE NOVEL WORKSHOP
Milanville, PA: www.highlightsfoundation.org

(16) DRAWING BOOK JACKETS WITH HAND DRAWN LETTERING
Webinar: https://kidlithive.com

(30) SCBWI NON-TRADITIONAL BOOK AWARD DEADLINE
www.scbwi.org

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DECEMBER 2023

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