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Why Start with the Pitch? Prepare for NaNoWriMo to Save Time and Heartache

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Date(s) - 10/07/2020 - 10/28/2020
12:00 am

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Why Start with the Pitch?

  • Prepare for NaNoWriMo to Save Time and Heartache.
  • Prepare for #PBPitch, a Twitter pitch party exclusively for picture books.
  • Write a sale worthy pitch for the book you want to write, readers will want to read, and editors will want to publish!

Industry expert, Deborah Halverson, will lead a workshop for creators of picture books through YA. Learn how to craft a pitch for your work-in-progress that will focus your creativity, increase your productivity, and guide you to a finished manuscript that is fresh and right for your target audience. Brainstorm with your classmates and refine your pitch ideas before meeting with Deborah again for editorial feedback on as many attendees’ pitches as time permits. One final session will be about the steps going forward, whether that’s a pitch contest or NaNoWriMo.

Start with the pitch to save time and heartache!

October is is a great time to plan a story in preparation for NaNoWriMo. Start “Prep-tober” off right by writing a sale worthy pitch for the book.

Polish your pitches to make the most out of #PBPitch Party coming up on October 29th. 

Q&A and handouts included in both of Deborah’s sessions.

#1, October 7, 4pm EST 

The “Pitch First” Session – How writing a pitch before writing the manuscript can focus your creativity, increase your productivity, and guide you to a finished manuscript that is fresh and right for your target audience. Attendees will be provided tips and tools for crafting their own pitches over the next week.

#2, October 14,4pm EST

Peer review and brainstorm–try out your ideas, get feedback from the group, and polish your pitch ideas.

#3. October 21,4pm EST  

The Pitch Feedback Session – Feedback on attendees’ pitches, as time allows.

#4. October 28,4pm EST

Peer Preptober–Now that you have your pitch, plan your NaNoWriMo, set deadlines, and plan accountability to make this the best NaNoWriMo it can be! 

$40 for SCBWIMembers

$65 for Non Members

Recordings will be available for all sessions.

Spots for live events and feedback sessions are limited.

 

Update: You can get access to just the recording of the 45-minute first session, “How to Write a Pitch” as a stand-alone webinar. See the registration information below.

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Non-member Ticket - $65.00


Member Ticket - $40.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


Recording of the the first session only "How to write your your pitch" - $25.00


Recording of the the first session only "How to write your your pitch" - $15.00

This price is only available for SCBWI members.


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