Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

DAY ONE | of the Two Day Workshop with Candlewick Editor Carter Hasegawa

Date(s) - 05/22/2021
9:00 am - 4:15 pm


An informational workshop on crafting your best manuscripts for submission.

Whether you are a publishing newbie or a seasoned pro, there’s something here for everyone as we take a soup-to-nuts look at writing for children. We’ll start with a broad overview of children’s publishing, with a particular focus on regional and national markets and how knowing your audience will help you land a book deal. Next, we’ll turn our attention to the revision process. I’ll give you a revision tool that will help you establish and/or strengthen the voice of your manuscript. This will be a workshop-style session, so come prepared with the first pages of your current work in progress. Then, we’ll look at writing the query letter where you’ll get tips on not only improving your chances to get published, but improving the life of your book as it moves from editorial to marketing to sales. Finally, I’ll share my behind-the-scenes process of how I actually edit books and what happens after you get a book deal.

Critiques Are full

Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the event.

$40 SCBWI Member
$65 Non-Member

Carter Hasegawa is an editor at Candlewick Press. Last September, he celebrated his 10th anniversary with Candlewick. He also works part-time as a wedding photographer with Long River Photo.

Some of his favorite, non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold; Jellicoe Road; Clementine; Ender’s Game; Frindle; Maniac Magee; Three Times Lucky; the Elephant & Piggie books; George and Martha; Good Night, Gorilla; and many, MANY others. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is “unputdownable.” He lives in Boston with his wife and infant son.

Acquiring: All ages, especially stories featuring characters outside the mainstream, stories of friendships, families, new experiences, and heroic adventures.

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Workshop 9:00 am-2:00 PM, Hawaii Time
In-Person Critiques 2:10-4:15 PM, additional cost, see below for more information

Morning Session
9:00 am-12:00 PM, Finding your voice: Voice is one of the most important aspects of quality writing. In this workshop, we’re going to learn how voice can be established in the opening lines of your fiction manuscript. Using examples from published picture books and novels, we will look at how authors establish “voice” in varying yet successful ways. Please bring a current work in progress. This will be a hands-on and interactive workshop, so please be prepared to write and discuss.

12:00-1:00 PM, Break for Lunch

Afternoon Session
1:00-2:00 PM, Telling local stories that the nation (the world?) will love: Have you ever been told that your story is too regional, too personal, or not right for the market? We’ll look at what it takes to break into the Big 6 while remaining true/authentic to your story.

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Optional, ADDITIONAL Cost
2:10-4:15 PM In-Person Critiques with Carter Hasegawa
Each critique session is 10 minutes long on Zoom and includes a written review (SCBWI Gold Form) of your submission. 
Critiques are all Full. 

$50 SCBWI Member
$75 Non-Member

Submission Deadline
May 6, 2021 (11:59 PM Hawaii Time)

Submission Guidelines

You may submit ONE of the following for a critique:

  1. a) Picture Book Manuscript
  2. b) Picture Book Dummy
  3. c) Picture Book Illustration Portfolio
  4. d) First 10 pages of a YA or MG

Submission Guidelines
– submissions must be digital (.PDF or .DOC)
– submissions accepted between May 1st and May 6th
– submission upload link will be emailed to you on or before May 1st
– incorrectly formatted submissions will not be accepted (notification of acceptance/rejection within 24 hours of receipt)
– No submissions accepted after May 6 (i.e. do not wait until the last day if you have concerns about formatting).
– You may not attend the masterclass without a submission. No exceptions, no refunds.

Formatting Instructions (Minimum requirements listed below. SCBWI The BOOK provides additional guidance, if needed.)

MANUSCRIPTS (word count: approx. 500 words)
– page setup: 8½  x 11 inches
– typeface: 12-point Arial or Times New Roman
– double space text
– pages should be numbered consecutively
– 1-inch or 1.25-inch margins on each side of the page

DUMMIES (page count: approx. 32-48 pages)
–page setup: 8½  x 11 inches (vertical or horizontal)
– dummy format: 1 page OR 1 spread per 8½  x 11 inch page
– include black-and-white sketches with text and up to three finished illustrations

PORTFOLIOS (number of illustrations: 7-10)
– page setup: 8½  x 11 inches (vertical or horizontal)
– include title page with contact information and website
– one illustration per page, include name on each page
– no more than 10 illustrations