By Kim Wildman, SCBWI-L.A. Assistant Regional Advisor
One of the things I love about being a writer is that I’m constantly learning. Yes, I’m writing, but I’m also reading books, studying other writers’ sentences, and listening to authors talk about their craft or their challenges. Learning together is one way SCBWI is a community to me.
Recently, I’ve taken advantage of SCBWI webinars, a resource that helps me learn in a relaxed and easy way. How easy? Bathrobe-at-my-kitchen-table easy.
For those of you new to this idea, a webinar is a live presentation offered over the Internet. Each webinar is focused on a particular topic, similar to a breakout session at a conference. Presentation platforms have gotten simpler over the years, and usually they require nothing more than a click of a button. Once in, the presenter will be on your screen, kind of like you’re Skyping or using Facetime. However, only the presenter’s microphone will be on. If you have questions, most platforms have you type them in to be read by the presenter. And if something keeps you from attending the live talk, most webinars are recorded and available for viewing for a set period of time afterwards. Some webinars even come with special offerings, like a manuscript critique.
I got wonderful advice on writing a query letter from Red Fox Literary agent Stephanie Fretwell-Hill, and advice on writing spooky middle grade stories from author Kim Ventrella. Topics vary and are listed on the SCBWI website, along with the date and cost (usually $10 or $15, but some are free). After you’ve found one you’re interested in and signed up, you’ll receive an email with instructions on how to log in on the appointed date and time. At the time of this post, a new slate of offerings is being prepared, so be sure to check the webinar page often for up-to-date events.
Intrigued? Try it out! The process couldn’t be easier or more rewarding.
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When she isn’t writing, traveling and teaching, Kim Wildman happily serves as the ARA for SCBWI-Los Angeles.
Headshot provided by Kim Wildman