Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

WEBINAR SERIES: Eight and Under 2022

Date(s) - 09/10/2022 - 11/05/2022
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Eight and Under 2022


3-Webinar Series for those who write / write-illustrate for children ages Eight & Under


September 10 –October 15 –November 5, 2022 *

@9:00 AM – 12:30 PM (EST)


Plus a BONUS webinar *

September 19, 2022

@7:00 PM (EST)



Are you in the process of writing and/or illustrating a board book, picture book, early reader, or chapter book? Join us for three successive monthly sessions, each of which will include a faculty webinar presentation followed by peer critique groups led by an already published author or author/illustrator from the Eastern PA chapter (all held virtually).

Peer group facilitators will provide written feedback on one manuscript for each participant in their group at the beginning of the program. Participants will take what they learn from the webinars, peer facilitator feedback, and peer critique group discussions to revise one manuscript/dummy throughout the series.

Attendees who participate in the entire Eight & Under package (all webinars AND peer critique groups), will then be given the opportunity to purchase a manuscript/dummy critique with an agent or editor at the end of the program.


*There is an option to purchase individual webinars if you are not interested in participating in the entire program.


Presentations will be recorded and the recording link provided to all participants registered prior to the event. Peer critique sessions WILL NOT be recorded.


(Live attendance is required by all participants who purchase the total Eight & Under package.)



The Equity and Inclusion Team of Eastern PA SCBWI is committed to amplifying marginalized voices. We are offering two full scholarships for our Eight and Under series, which includes three agent/editor webinars, one bonus webinar from an independent bookstore manager, three sessions with a peer critique group, a written critique from your peer group facilitator (who is a published author or author/illustrator), and a written critique from an agent or editor to be awarded to authors, or author/illustrators, who self-identify as a member of a community that is underrepresented in the field of children’s literature. The submissions themselves do not need to reflect experiences within a marginalized community. Our goal, and mission, is to uplift and support the voices of the creators. 



To apply, please email the following with “Eight and Under Scholarship Application” in the subject line to

  • – A brief letter of introduction explaining why you are applying for the scholarship, how you qualify for it, and a little bit about your creative journey
  • – An entire picture book or board book manuscript / dummy (up to 1,200 words) OR up to 1,200 words of an early reader or chapter book

Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins – Double spaced

⇒Please include page numbers and your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Your Last Name _TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Squarepants _THE PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA

⇒Then send your file to Rona Shirdan at The subject line of your email should read: “Eight and Under Scholarship Application”


Deadline for submissions is: Monday, August 15, 2022



Scholarship applicants will be informed of the decision on or before Friday, August 19, 2022.

In the event that equally qualified applicants apply, priority may be given to Eastern PA SCBWI members. Please note that if no applicants meet the requirements, Eastern PA SCBWI reserves the right not to award  scholarships for this event.

If you have any questions, please email us at



September 10: How to Create a Stand-out Story with Literary Agent Kaitlyn Sanchez, Context Literary Agency
Developing a truly stand out story is every author’s dream. Join Agent Kaitlyn Sanchez for tips and tricks about what to keep in mind when writing and revising to help create the strongest story possible. 
*Registration for those purchasing this webinar only (and not the entire package), closes at midnight on September 8.

Get to know your instructor:

Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is a mom, wife, agent with Context Literary Agency, middle school math teacher, and picture book author. She’s also the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest and Kidlit Zombie Week as well as creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge-watch TV shows, and, of course, read, especially when she’s all cozied up with her husband and daughter reading together.


Twitter: @KaitlynLeann17


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September 19: What’s Out there, What’s Needed, and What Sells? with Independent Children’s Bookstore Manager, Heather Hebert, Children’s Book World
Learn about what books families and educators are scooping up for their children and classrooms.  Why are these books so hot?  What makes them hit big in the 8 and under market?  Heather will share examples of titles, formats and genres that continue to sell repeatedly and discuss where there are gaps, and what is needed to fill them. 
*Registration for those purchasing this webinar only (and not the entire package), closes at midnight on September 17.

Get to know your instructor:

Heather Hebert is the manager of Children’s Book World in Haverford, PA a children’s focused bookstore which her mother opened over 3 decades ago.  She has served on the American Booksellers for Children Advisory Council, the board of the New Atlantic Independent Bookseller Association, and was a member and chaired the E.B.White Read Aloud Award Committee.

October 15: The Editor/Author/Illustrator Relationship: Bringing Your Book to Publication with Andrea Hall, Beaming Books

Congratulations, you got a book deal! Editor, Andrea Hall will give you a look at what happens after acquisitions in this presentation. She will talk about the collaboration between author / illustrator and editor, the relationship between text and illustrations, and what goes into revisions once the contract is signed.

*Registration for those purchasing this webinar only (and not the entire package), closes at midnight on October 13.

Get to know your instructor:

Andrea Hall is a Senior Acquisitions Editor with Beaming Books. She is passionate about stories that reflect real life, showcase underrepresented people or events, and stories with a social/emotional focus.  A few of her recent acquisitions include THE POSTCARD PROJECT by Maggie Lauren Brown, SOMETIMES SHY by Julie Bliven, FLIPFLOPI by Linda Ravin Lodding and Dipesh Pabari, and ONE SMALL THING by Marsha Diane Arnold. Andrea holds a BA in English/creative writing from Miami University in Ohio. She is also the author of She’s on the Money. Follow her on Twitter: @andreadonall



November 5: What Editors Want For Young Readers with Editorial Director, Sunita Apte, Reycraft Books

Books come in all shapes and sizes, and there is no single path to a successful one. However, some approaches to storytelling are more appealing to kids than others, and the basics—like a good story arc—should never be overlooked. In this presentation, Sunita will walk you through what editors (or at least this editor) look for when reviewing manuscripts for younger readers. 

*Registration for those purchasing this webinar only (and not the entire package), closes at midnight on November 3.

Get to know your instructor:

Sunita Apte is editorial director of Reycraft Books. She is the half-Indian, half-Hungarian child of an immigrant and a refugee. She has lived and traveled in Asia, Europe, South America, and Africa. Born and raised in North Carolina—she still has the “y’all” in her—she grew up never seeing herself reflected in the books she read. To help rectify this state of affairs, she has spent over two decades in publishing, working to create inclusive, compelling books for children and young adults.



Peer Group Critiques: 




Have your manuscript critiqued by your peers and peer group facilitator. Participants who register for the full 8 & Under series will be assigned to peer groups that will meet (virtually) after each Saturday webinar presentation. These groups will be led by facilitators who are published authors and members of the Eastern PA chapter. Participants will be expected to attend live and to give/receive verbal feedback to/from their peers. Facilitators will provide verbal feedback at each session and will also provide one written critique that will be sent out after the first peer group session. As a bonus, critique participants ONLY will have an opportunity to purchase a critique with an editor or agent when the Eight and Under event is over (There will be a separate registration page provided near the end of the series for this).

 Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, double-spaced.
  • – A 2-3 sentence pitch
  • – An entire picture book or board book manuscript / dummy (up to 1,200 words) OR up to 1,200 words of an early reader or chapter book

⇒Please include page numbers and your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre.

⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Your Last Name _TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT_genre (BB, PB, CB, ER, Dummy)_subgenre if applicable (fiction/nonfiction/rhyme/concept) as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Squarepants _THE PINEAPPLE UNDER THE SEA_PB_fiction

⇒Then send your file to Heather Stigall at The subject line of your email should read: “Eight and Under MS#1”


Deadlines for submissions is: Midnight on Wednesday, August 24, 2022


  *See each webinar above for individual registration cutoffs.


QUESTIONS? Please contact Heather Stigall at


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