Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

WEBINAR: Gathering Native Voices: Wow Readers with Meaningful Sentences

Date(s) - 11/15/2021
7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


Gathering Native Voices: Wow Readers with Meaningful Sentences

with author Andrea Page

Monday, November 15, 2021 @7:00pm EST

(Lecture recording will be available for all participants registered before the event.)

You’ve heard it before—read, read, and read more…to become a better writer. And when you practice, you become a reader with a writer’s eye. You pause at lines that are written so perfectly, recognizing them as voice. You savor those words, those sentences, and wish you could write that way too.

For this virtual presentation, Andrea gathered “golden lines” in contemporary children’s books where Native American authors embedded cultural values into the story. (Values include reciprocity, respect for the Earth, elders, and the 7 th Generation, family connections, generosity, and more). We’ll study the art and style of those “golden lines” in picture books through YA stories. Then, we’ll use the sentence structure to practice writing in our own voice. Please have a scene or a section from your work-in-progress ready to revise. Handouts will be provided.

A limited number of written critiques are available.

CRITIQUES: (at additional cost of $50) Submissions are due on or before Monday, November 15, 2021. For picture books, send one full manuscript plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document. For MG/YA, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page synopsis. (Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.) Format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

⇒Please include 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 Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.

    Example: Page_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS

⇒Then send your file to Kristen at The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Get to know your instructor:


Andrea Page (Lakota – Standing Rock Nation) is a children’s author, retired educator, Co-President of Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators (RACWI), and a writing coach. She has been a member of SCBWI for nearly 20 years. Her debut book, SIOUX CODE TALKERS OF WORLD WAR II, shares the story of seven Native American Code Talkers’ military service in the Pacific Theater. Andrea is proud of both her German and Hunkpapa Lakota heritage. Her parents shared similar values of respect, generosity, and reciprocity. As a lifelong learner, she continues to read, most recently contemporary Native American children’s literature. Because of the pandemic, Andrea writes nonfiction and dabbles in poetry at her “new desk”—the dining room table.

Andrea lives with her husband in Rochester, New York. For more information, visit