Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Writer to Writer: Webinar Series: 3 Webinars $30

Date(s) - 07/13/2019 - 10/31/2019
12:00 am


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We’re talking to 3 professional writers in July, August, and September about the nitty-gritty details of the publishing industry and actually making money doing what you love.

Jen Doll, Alisa Kwitney, and KL Going will all discus different aspects of the path to publishing and making a living as an author.

  • How do you best promote your work in the internet age?
  • How is writing Graphic novels different than writing novels?
  • And how do you stay sane and make money?

Our webinars are usually $15 each, but you can register for all three for $30.

Links to the live webinars and links to the recordings will automatically be sent after you register and they will be available from July 15th to the end of October.

SEPTEMBER 23rd 12 pm EST

Visual Storytelling For Prose with Alisa Kwitney

Learn how to use cinematic and graphic novel techniques to make your novel more vivid, dynamic and compelling. In this interactive, hour long workshop, we will cover:

  • Thinking in Pictures
  • Set Design
  • Casting
  • Telling Details in Wardrobe
  • Props
  • Revealing Characters through Choices
  • The Actor’s “Bit of Business”
  • How to layer your storytelling by making sure your words and your images are never doing the same work
  • And how is writing Graphic novels different that writing novels?

Alisa Kwitney is the critically acclaimed author of novels and graphic novels in multiple genres, including YA, literary, romantic women’s fiction and horror. At Wesleyan University, she received the Horgan Prize for best short story, and her thesis for Columbia’s MFA program became her debut novel, Till the Fat Lady Sings, which was a New York Times New and Noteworthy book pick. Alisa’s novels have been selected for Barnes and Noble’s Discover Great New Writers program and she has twice been nominated for the prestigious Eisner award for her graphic novel writing. She was a staff editor at DC/Vertigo, and worked with Neil Gaiman as a freelance editor on the Norse Book of Mythology. She is currently assisting Neil on his next mythology book. Alisa has taught writing at Manhattanville College, McDaniel College and Fordham University.

She does not usually talk about herself in the third person.


JULY: Recording available

Title: “How to Forge a Writing Career, Bit by Bit (And Actually Make Money Doing What You Love)”

Recording will be automatically sent when you register.

Jen Doll is a freelance journalist and the author of the young adult novel Unclaimed Baggage (2018) as well as the memoir Save the Date: The Occasional Mortifications of a Serial Wedding Guest (2014). Her debut YA novel was a New York Times Staff Pick as well as an NPR Best Book of 2018, a Buzzfeed Best YA Book of 2018, a Cosmo Best New Book of 2018, and a BookRiot Fall 2018 YA Must-Read.

Jen writes a work advice column for WeWork called Work Flow in which she answers pressing questions about work, life, and the intersection between the two. She’s written for The Atlantic, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Topic, The Village Voice, The Week, and other publications. During her time as a staff writer at The Atlantic, she created the column “YA for Grownups” about the category’s appeal to readers young and old. She was also previously the managing editor of Mental Floss magazine and Radar magazine.

**We are kicking off this series with some very exciting news, our first author, Jen Doll, just sold the TV rights to her novel!** 

Joe Lawson (Shameless) will adapt Jen Doll’s YA novel, Unclaimed Baggage, that is set in a conservative small Southern town and follows three teens with different backgrounds as they work summer jobs at a shop called Unclaimed Baggage, where they catalog and sell other people’s lost luggage. Together, through friendship, they find that they can unpack their own emotional baggage and move into the future. Read the full Hollywood Reporter announcement here.

AUGUST: Recording Available

The Hero’s Journey

Joseph Campbell’s work with The Hero’s Journey has transformed the writing of countless authors. It’s a tool that allows you to understand your hero’s path to success and can help you identify trouble spots within your own work. The Hero’s Journey includes such topics as identifying mentors, allies, and ogres; understanding the ordinary world from which your character begins, and figuring out what the elixir is that your character must deliver to others by the end of the book. The Hero’s Journey is not a template, instead it’s a powerful tool to add to your writing arsenal.

K.L. Going is the award-winning author of numerous books for children and teens. Her first novel, Fat Kid Rules the World was named a Michael Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association, and was included on YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults list and their list of Best Books for the Past Decade. Her books have been Booksense picks, Scholastic Book Club choices, Junior Library Guild selections, NY Public Library Best Books for the Teenage, and winners of state book awards. They’ve been featured by Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Kirkus, and Children’s Book Council as Best Books of the year. Her work has also been published in Korea, Italy, Japan, Germany, Spain, China, and the UK. Her novel Fat Kid Rules the World is an independent film that premiered at the SXSW film festival and won an Audience Award. It is also currently being workshopped for Broadway! Her novel King of the Screwups has been optioned for television.

K.L. began her career working at one of the oldest literary agencies in New York City. She used this inner knowledge of publishing to write Writing and Selling the Young Adult Novel — a how-to book for aspiring writers, published by Writer’s Digest. She has also written short stories for several anthologies and currently has published multiple YA novels, middle grade novels, and picture books. She lives in Glen Spey, NY where she both writes and runs a business critiquing manuscripts. She leads professional workshops at the Highlights Foundation and teaches Language Arts part-time at the Homestead Montessori School. 

To visit KL on-line go to,, or at!/KLGoing.


Writer to writer series description: Beck Rourke-Mooney, SCBWI member and novelist, will ask author and journalist Jen Doll a range of questions about how she built a successful freelance writing career that encompasses journalism for major magazines, newspapers, and websites as well as memoir writing, essay writing, and novel-writing for teens and adults. We’ll talk about everything from “Can you actually make a living as a freelancer in today’s publishing culture?” to “What are the different challenges of writing for teens versus adults?” and “How do you best promote your work in the internet age?” Jen will, also address how to pitch an article to an editor when you’re just starting out, juggling different types of writing and multiple deadlines, and whether you should ever work for free. Following the discussion, we’ll solicit and answer questions from webinar participants.