Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

SCBWI-IL Food For Thought: Leave Them Wanting More

Date(s) - 10/03/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

SCBWI-IL PAL and Published Members,
 join us for a Food for Thought presentation
with Erin Nuttall and Anne-Marie Strohman



Food for Thought is occasional programming for
Independently & PAL Published SCBWI Members



Leave them Wanting More: Connect with Your Audience through Emotionally Powerful Readings
Reading aloud is part of an author or illustrator’s professional practice, whether at school visits, book launches, book festivals, or other events. The pandemic has brought new opportunities to share our work with readers on multiple platforms. This webinar will empower you to use well-chosen readings to engage your listeners’ emotions in both in-person and online settings. We will cover readings from beginning to end: how to identify what to read, how to prepare the piece to fit time constraints, and tips for reading both in person and online. Through learning how to prepare your work and yourself, you will be able to approach your readings with confidence.



Anne-Marie Strohman
Anne-Marie Strohman writes stories for young readers of all ages. She has taught writing at the college level, as well as workshops in writing for children. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an active member of SCBWI. She writes for and edits the blog KidLit Craft ( and works as a freelance writer and editor. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family, where she enjoys swimming, hiking, and learning to play the banjo.




Erin Nuttall
Erin Nuttall holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is an active member of SCBWI and ALAN. She has taught children and adults extensively in volunteer organizations, as well as internationally for a billion-dollar corporation, and most enjoys teaching concrete tools that address specific concerns. She lives outside of Chicago with her family where she writes stories for middle grade and young adult readers that offer a humorous take on friendship, identity, feminism, and romance.



Rebecca Siegel, FFT Coordinator, SCBWI-IL PAL & Published Team

Rebecca Siegel has a masters degree in English Literature from Loyola University, Chicago. She has worked in children’s publishing for over a decade, and has two Middle Grade books out this year: TO FLY AMONG THE STARS (Scholastic) and MAYFLOWER (Quarto). To learn more, visit





FREE REGISTRATION: Open to PAL and Full (Independently Published) SCBWI Members

Have a signed contract or published book / article? Upgrade your member status to PAL or FULL Member!
Remember, upgrading your SCBWI Member Status to PAL or FULL is as easy as a few clicks! If you’ve signed a contract for an upcoming PAL book or magazine article or have published an independent book, log into and go to your MEMBER PROFILE page.  Here, you can upload your new title into the bookstore.  This will automatically upgrade your member status to PAL or Full!  Take advantage of all that your SCBWI membership has to offer and update your member status for FREE by logging into your SCBWI MEMBER PROFILE today!

Upgrade your Member Status directions
SCBWI Membership Levels & PAL Request Form

Member Status Questions?: Email Sarah Aronson your  PAL & Published Coordinator
FFT Program Questions?: Email Rebecca Siegel your Food for Thought Coordinator, part of the PAL & Published Volunteer Team



FREE PAL & Full (Independently Published) Member registration open through Thursday, October 1:

— JOIN SCBWI or RENEW TODAY before registering.
— Please review PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT & POLICIES, prior to registration.  By registering, you agree to comply with our policies.

— If you are not a PAL or FULL Member, no ticket will appear—See FREE REGISTRATION, above to upgrade member status.
— Please add to you safe senders list. Registered attendees will be sent a link to join in the program one day before the event.
— If you do not receive a link by the morning of October 3, email the Registrar.

— This is a live event. A recording will be available for one week after the event.
— Registration Questions?: Email the Registrar, Deborah Topolski, Co-RA