Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Recordings BY REQUEST Spring 2022

Date(s) - 05/03/2022 - 05/31/2022
12:00 am


SPRING 2022 Recordings BY REQUEST


Enjoy UNLIMITED viewings of the following programs for an entire month with a small convenience fee.

Most recordings, unless otherwise noted are $10 /each SCBWI Members / $15 each non-members

REGISTER for one or all of the recorded events at the bottom of this page and a receive a password to watch. See HOW TO WATCH at bottom of page.

SUPPORTS SCBWI-IL Networks and programs like these, originally offered LIVE and FREE to both members and non-members PLUS  Illinois’ fee-free mentorships and scholarships.

SEE our monthly event calendar and SCBWI-IL NETWORKS or SCBWI Regional Virtual Events for upcoming programs to participate LIVE with fellow storytellers in community for free.


SCBWI-IL Network Questions?: Email Deb Aronson, ARA IL
Recordings BY REQUEST Questions? Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA


SPRING 2022 Recordings BY REQUEST


Why Hire a Freelance Editor/Writing Coach?
with Esther Hershenhorn, Sarah Aronson & Esther Reisberg
Please note: Esther Reisberg was unable to present due to illness.


Do you ever wonder if your submissions could use a competitive advantage? Come join Esther Hershenhorn, Sarah Aronson, and Esther Reisberg as they share how they can help you whip your manuscript into shape. Each of them will share insights into how they help their clients and then the floor will be open to your questions.


The descriptive appositive TeachingAuthor describes Esther Hershenhorn perfectly. She authors award-winning picture books, middle grade fiction and nonfiction while teaching Writing for Children at Chicago’s Newberry Library and the University of Chicago’s Writer’s Studio.  Helping others tell their stories, especially to children, is truly her story.  She proudly considers the writers and students she’s been honored to teach and coach the past 25 years her “storied treasures.” A veritable SCBWI Poster Child who advocates for children’s book creators, Esther served 17 years as the Illinois Chapter’s Regional Advisor, 10 years on SCBWI’s Board of Advisors and currently as SCBWI-Illinois’ Regional Advisor Emerita. Though a Philly Girl at heart and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Esther has proudly worn Cubbie Blue since moving to Chicago many life chapters ago.  The Hope and Determination required of all die-hard Cubs fans serves her well as she seeds and feeds writers of all ages. Visit to learn more about Esther’s coaching. You can also read Esther’s blog posts at

Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She’s published a bunch of books from picture books to novels. When Sarah is not writing or reading (or practicing yoga or riding her bike), she loves working with other writers one on one or in her classes with amazing Highlights Foundation and Writers on the Net. Warning: When she gets really excited, she makes funny faces and talks with her hands. Don’t be shocked if she talks about the power of play. Like tips? Her weekly newsletter offers thoughts on the process and writing prompts that help you find your story. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. Find out more at

Esther Reisberg fell in love with reading at age three, and quickly became the go-to editor for her classmates in elementary school (and beyond). She began making books her business in 2012, when she had her first editorial internship at an independent publishing company. After a stint in magazines, she interned at Phoenix International Publications, Inc., and spent three years in editorial and production at Kidsbooks Publishing before branching out as a freelance editor. She currently works on projects for Scholastic, National Geographic Kids, Penguin Young Readers, Albert Whitman, ABRAMS, and other publishers, as well as for independent authors. A self-described professional bookworm, Esther recently joined the team at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers as a production editor. Her inner three-year-old is absolutely delighted that (slightly older) Esther gets to work in an industry that delivers the magic of books to kids of all ages. Visit for more information.


Thank you to Carolyn Crimi, Ilana Ostrar and Anny Rusk and our North Suburban Network Community 
Free Air Date: May 11, 2022
Recording available until 11:59 PM CST June 16, 2022


Trouble viewing? Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA

Unlocking Memories and Uncovering Stories
with Beth Finke





Author, journalist and teacher Beth Finke will lead a discussion on ways writing memoir and first-person narratives  could apply  –and benefit — the writing you do for children.
Through observation exercises and writing prompts, Beth’s workshop will answer common questions about  getting started, the difference between autobiography and memoir, exposing family secrets, using pen names and  pseudonyms,   finding and working with publishers.
A fun and easy-going workshop to discover ways friends, family, celebrations, milestones, moments and place can be catalysts for unlocking memories and uncovering stories.


Beth Finke likes to write, read and edit stories. Her children’s book, “Hani and Beth: Safe & Sound,”  was published in print and in Braille in 2007. Written from her Seeing Eye dog’s point of view, it won the ASPCA’s Henry Bergh  Award for Children’s Literature  that year. Beth has written a couple of books for adults, too: “Long Time, No See” (a memoir about adapting to sight loss at age 25) and “Writing Out Loud” (about  the memoir-writing classes she leads for older adults in Chicago). Beth returned to her role as children’s book  writer for a short bit this year, penning two textbooks for an “Understanding Disabilities” project Sleeping Bear Press will publish for elementary schools this Fall.

Find out more  at and on twitter @BethFinke

Thank you to Sallie Wolf & Sarah Hammond, Oak Park Network Co-Representatives and our OP Network Community
Free Air Date: May 13, 2022
Recording available until 11:59 PM CST June 16, 2022


Trouble viewing? Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA


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Recordings BY REQUEST Questions? Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA