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and Illustrators

Webinar Series: Eight & Under

Date(s) - 08/14/2020 - 11/16/2020
12:00 am



Eastern PA SCBWI Presents


the Eight & Under Webinars with:


Beth Ferry, Author


Cheryl EissingAssociate Editor

Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers;


Rachel Orr, Literary Agent

Prospect Agency; and


Christopher Brown, Curator CLRC

Free Library of Philadelphia; 


Please join our team of picture book experts for a webinar, or two, or three, or four on writing for children Eight & Under! Register for one webinar or the entire series!

Please note, registration for the Beth Ferry webinar closed August 31st; however, registration is still open for Christopher Brown’s, Cheryl Eissing’s, and Rachel Orr’s webinars.


The Start, the Art, the Heart of Revision with Beth Ferry 


*Registration for the Beth Ferry webinar closed August 31st. Registered participants should have received an email with the link to watch the webinar and will have access to the recording until Sept. 8th.  


In this recorded webinar, Beth Ferry discusses revision essentials and explores creative ways to examine your work-in-progress critically in order to make it submission-ready. Please note: Recording will be available only until September 8th.


Beth Ferry is the author of numerous picture books, including Stick and Stone, Ten Rules of the Birthday Wish and The Scarecrow. She lives with her family by the beach in New Jersey, where she finds inspiration in the salty air. In addition to writing picture books, Beth has begun writing graphic novels for emerging readers. Beth has three children who are not so little and a not-so-little bulldog who is almost three. You can learn more at





The Author-Editor Relationship: How to Navigate the Publishing Industry from Pitched to Published with Cheryl Eissing


Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 7:00 PM* (Eastern Standard Time)

*A recording of Cheryl’s webinar will be available to registered participants for 30 days following the live event. 


Cheryl Eissing, Associate Editor at Philomel Books/ Penguin Young Readers discusses crafting your pitch letter, revising your manuscript, and navigating the author-editor relationship.


Cheryl Eissing, associate editor at Philomel Books, holds a BA in English from Rutgers University. She edits picture books, middle grade, and young adult, and is specifically interested in stories that expose their readers to experiences and perspectives that the children’s book world hasn’t seen before. Cheryl is the editor of the Pages & Co. series by Anna James, The Little Ghost Who Lost Her Boo (written by Elaine Bickell and illustrated by Raymond McGrath), and a number of upcoming picture books, including Love Is Here by Mike Malbrough and P.S. Wildwood Elementary Stinks! (written by Becky Scharnhorst and illustrated by Julia Patton). Cheryl is always looking for fresh YA fiction, whether it be contemporary, thriller, romance, horror, or fantasy; silly yet profound picture books; and above all, stories that entertain, educate, and inspire. Cheryl considers fiction and nonfiction picture books and chapter books.




The Art of Reading: Engaging Your Audience presented by Christopher Brown


Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 PM* (Eastern Standard Time)

*A recording of Christopher’s webinar will be available to registered participants for 30 days following the live event. 



Reading your work aloud to a group is an important part of book promotion.  Christopher A. Brown, the curator for the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Children’s Literature Research Collection and a former Children’s Librarian will lead a discussion on the best practices for storytime visits.



Christopher A. Brown is the curator for the Children’s Literature Research Collection at the Free Library of Philadelphia. He has worked in public, academic, and special libraries, and has logged thousands of hours reading to children. Brown served on ALSC‘s 2013-2015 Children’s Literature Legacy Award (formerly the Wilder Medal) and the 2018-2020 Notable Children’s Book committee. In his spare time, Brown reviews Children and Teen materials for Kirkus.




The Art of Pacing and Pagination with Rachel Orr

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 7:00 PM* (Eastern Standard Time)

*A recording of Rachel’s webinar will be available to registered participants for 30 days following the live event. 


Pacing and pagination are essential skills in the art of picture-book making, whether you’re an author or illustrator. Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency will show the process of taking a story from manuscript to dummy form, encouraging creators to think about pacing, page turns and possible visuals—and then using the dummy as a tool for further revising the text. She’ll also give some helpful tips in pacing your chapter book, too.


Rachel Orr is celebrating her thirteenth year at Prospect Agency, where she represents both authors and illustrators in projects ranging from picture books through YA. She previously worked for eight rewarding years at HarperCollins Children’s Books and uses those editorial skills to help prepare her clients’ work for submission. Her clients include Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (Purrmaids/Penguin Random House), David Bucs (Sleepover at the Museum/Crown), Barbara DiLorenzo (Renato and the Lion/Viking), Cori Doerrfeld (The Rabbit Listened/Dial), Leeza Hernandez (Mia Mayhem/S&S) and Emma Wunsch (Miranda and Maude/Abrams). Rachel lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and two children. She has no spare time, but, if she did, she would spend it dancing, running and reading, of course.



Registration is now open.


SCBWI Members

Single Webinar: $15

Four Webinar Series: $50* 

*Registration for the 4-pack bundle closed August 31st



Single Webinar: $20

Four Webinar Series: $65* 

*Registration for the 4-pack bundle closed August 31st


All cancellations are subject to a $10 cancellation fee. 


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