Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL Coaching Chats + Critique Series

Date(s) - 05/17/2021 - 06/16/2021
12:00 am



Our Coaching Chats + Critique Series is a spin-off
of our popular Pitch N’ Stitch event!


Series includes unlimited viewings of BOTH recorded Agent and Editor Chats for 30 days.
Add a critique for an additional fee.



Industry professionals provide coaching advice and critiques to get you in the game! 





From left: Joy Triche, Joanna MacKenzie, Mabel Hsu, Feather Flores & Dan Cramer
(See FACULTY bios in navigation pane, at right.)

NOTES: Mabel Hsu and Feather Flores will not offer ms critiques
Only Flannery Literary, Nelson Literary and Chronicle Books are open for submissions. Check their websites for open submission information.



(2—Recorded: 60 minutes each. Unlimited viewings of both recordings for one month.)

These recorded chats with editors and agents will answer your questions about how kidlit professionals scout for new talent, coach clients and create literary line-ups.

NOTE: Only Flannery Literary, Nelson Literary and Chronicle Books will accept submissions from webinar attendees.


Agent Coaching Chat

Joanna MacKenzie, Agent, Nelson Literary Agency

Dan Cramer, Associate Agent, Flannery Literary Agency


Editor Coaching Chat

Joy Triche, Publisher, Tiger Stripe Books

Mabel Hsu, Editor, Katherine Tegen Books

Feather Flores, Assistant Editor, Chronicle Books



(A limited number of written manuscript critiques are available. )

Stitch together feedback into your WIP to submit to our faculty members for a written critique for an additional fee.

NOTE: Mabel Hsu and Feather Flores will not offer ms critiques


—Manuscripts submitted must conform to the  GUIDELINES (see navigation pane, at right) for submission instructions and formatting.


—You choose with whom you would like a manuscript critique. Select critique coach during registration.


—Critique options may fill before registration is sold out.


—If you cannot make a selection, that means that all the written critique opportunities with that particular industry professional are filled. Please choose another industry professional that critiques your format/genre.


—It is up to the attendee to REVIEW FACULTY bios to ensure that the industry professional with which you have chosen to place your manuscript for critique acquires that format and genre.


—Uploading Instructions will be emailed to attendees on May 17.


—Upload your manuscript to the Dropbox between May 17 and Friday, May 21.


—There are no refunds: this includes manuscripts that are uploaded late or do not conform to all THE GUIDELINES


—For formatting and uploading instructions, click on THE GUIDELINES (see navigation pane) at right.


—If you registered for an optional Stitched Critique, it will be emailed to you by June 28, 2021


How do I know which Critique Coach I selected during registration? Click here.

Questions about Stitched Critiques?: E-mail Jennifer Wagh, Co- RA




Critiques may sell-out before registration close date! Please register EARLY..


APRIL 30  
— Registration Opens at 12 PM CST


MAY 17
— Registration Closes at 12 PM CST
— PM: Coaching Chat Replay links and ms upload information will be emailed to attendees.
— Didn’t receive the info? Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA Illinois


MAY 21
— Stitched Critique manuscripts due (optional added-fee extra)


— LAST DAY to view recorded Coaching Chats


JUNE 28  
— Stitched Critiques emailed to participants.


COACHING CHATS + CRITIQUE SERIES Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski, Co-RA Illinois


No refunds



Agent Coaching Chat

Editor Coaching Chat




Agent Coaching Chat

Editor Coaching Chat




Joanna MacKenzie, Agent, Nelson Literary Agency

Dan Cramer, Associate Agent, Flannery Literary Agency

Joy Triche, Publisher, Tiger Stripe Books





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—Please review PROFESSIONAL POLICIES & CONDUCT, at right, prior to registration.  By registering, you agree to comply with our policies.

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—If you select a box during registration and want to make a change, simply un-check that box and check a new one!

—If a selection is not available during registration, that selection may be at capacity and sold-out.  Email Registrar to be added to wait list.


Registration Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski

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The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is dedicated to providing a safe and harassment-free environment for all of its members and will take any and all necessary steps to address and prevent harassment at events associated with SCBWI. Harassment under this policy may include verbal comments, written comments, displayed images, or behaviors such as intimidation, stalking, body policing, unwelcome photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, unwelcome sexual attention or advances, and bullying or coercion. 

The SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy applies to all situations of harassment or intimidation at any SCBWI Event. An “SCBWI Event” is any event, meeting or activity that is authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager to be sponsored by, or affiliated with, SCBWI. SCBWI events may include, if properly authorized by an SCBWI Regional Manager, the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles, the Annual Winter Conference in New York, regional conferences, meetings and meet-ups. This SCBWI Member Anti-Harassment Policy also applies to “SCBWI On-Line Interactions,” which include Zooms, Webinars, online meetings, communications and content posted on, or directed towards, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts or sent through any of the communication tools available on SCBWI’s website, SCBWI’s Social Media accounts under this policy include the official SCBWI accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr and LinkedIn.


Code of Conduct

All participants in SCBWI Events and SCBWI On-Line Interactions, including faculty, volunteers, staff, and attendees, are required to comply with the following anti-harassment code of conduct. The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits harassment, including but not limited to the following behaviors:

  • Intimidation, stalking, or following;
  • Sustained disruption of talks or other events;
  • Unwelcome sexual attention or advances;
  • Abusive verbal comments;
  • Quid pro quo– sexual harassment that occurs when one in an authority position requests sex or a sexual relationship in exchange for professional consideration or favors;.
  • Harmful or prejudicial verbal comments, written comments, or visual images related to gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, disability, age, appearance, body size, or other personal characteristics;
  • Inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images
  • Unwelcome or uninvited attention or contact
  • Physical assault (including unwelcome touching or groping);
  • Real or implied threat of physical harm;
  • Real or implied threat of professional or financial damage or harm;
  • Body policing, unwelcome photography or recording;
  • Doxing
  • Harassment does not include respectful disagreement or reasonable and respectful critique made in good faith. SCBWI continues to welcome and appreciate presentation of appropriate controversial ideas, free speech, and creative artistic expression. SCBWI encourages members to hold one another accountable to the Code of Conduct as stated in this part of the Policy and to take the perspectives of others seriously when a disagreement arises.

We expect all participants at SCBWI activities, meetings, and networking events to abide by this Anti-Harassment Policy in all venues, including sanctioned events, ancillary events, unofficial events, and social gatherings.


Reporting Procedures

Any person who believes there has been a violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy can report the offense in one or all of the following ways:

  • Certain SCBWI Events, including the Annual Summer Conference in Los Angeles and the Annual Winter Conference in New York, will designate one or more Safety Team Members who will be available during the conference to provide a safe space for members to report an incident. The Safety Team Member will report directly to the conference director or regional advisor in charge.
  • A complainant may submit a complaint under this policy to the Director of Community Marketing and Engagement, the Director of Illustration and Artist Programs and/or your Regional Manager.
  • SCBWI has a dedicated email address for reporting any potential incident of harassment under this policy. Anyone who chooses to report an incident can find the Anti-Harassment Report Form on the SCBWI website (About > Anti-Harassment) or use the following link: Reports should include the substance of the complaint, date, and whenever possible, a list of witnesses or a reference to the relevant URLs, if the offense occurred through an SCWBI On-Line Interaction.

SCBWI will investigate all complaints subject to the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy. If the policy applies, SCBWI will investigate the matter and take whatever action is necessary and appropriate to prevent a recurrence and protect the environment at SCWBI Events. If a complaint is made anonymously, please note that SCBWI will not be able to follow up on an anonymous report with the complainant directly, as SCBWI will not have contact information for the anonymous complainant. Moreover, anonymous complaints may hinder SCBWI’s ability to investigate the complaint.  SCBWI will take steps to protect the confidentiality of the complaint, to the extent possible.  However, complete confidentiality may not be possible in all circumstances.  SCBWI will make every attempt to respond to a named complainant in a timely fashion.

If appropriate, SCBWI may report the incident to local authorities.



The SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against a member of the SCBWI community for reporting harassment, intimidation or discrimination, or for participating in an investigation relating to any complaint made under this policy. The sanctions for retaliation are the same sanctions available to address any other violation of the SCBWI Anti-Harassment Policy.



SCBWI takes all allegations of harassment seriously. Complaints will be investigated by SCWBI if they fall within the scope of SCWBI’s Anti-Harassment Policy. Depending on the results of the investigation, SCWBI will determine whether a sanction is appropriate.

Sanctions for faculty, speakers, volunteers, staff or board members may include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that the particular behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a temporary or permanent basis;
  • withholding of a contracted honorarium;
  • prohibition from future speaking engagements;
  • prohibition from future faculty appointments;
  • expulsion from SCBWI; and/or
  • removal from the Board of Advisors or Board of Directors, when appropriate.

Sanctions for attendees, members, and guests can include any of the following:

  • warning the party involved that specified behavior is inappropriate and must be ceased;
  • immediate removal from a particular event, without refund;
  • denial of access to SCBWI spaces and venues on a permanent or temporary basis;
  • termination of SCBWI membership, without refund; and/or
  • prohibition of future SCBWI membership.

If the conduct at issue involves one of SCBWI’s employees, SCBWI will utilize whatever corrective action is appropriate based on the result of the investigation and subject to SCBWI employment policies and practices.



SCBWI will make every reasonable effort to conduct all investigations into allegations of harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in a manner that will protect the confidentiality of all parties and witnesses. Notwithstanding the above, confidentiality is not absolute, and those with a legitimate business reason to know and be informed of the allegations will be so informed. Parties to the complaint should treat the matter under investigation with discretion and respect the reputation of all parties involved.


If you wish to file a complaint or an anonymous complaint, CLICK HERE to access the Anti-harassment Report Form.

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