Society of
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A Golden Gate Year: An Online Series of Craft and Connection

SCBWI SF/South Presents A Golden Year: An online series of craft and connection

Rob Sayegh Jr.



Welcome to A Golden Gate Year: An Online Series of Craft and Connection.

Every month in 2021 join us for learning, inspiration, and connection. We know that meeting online isn’t the same as meeting in person, but we have put together a program that brings together many elements you know and love from our annual Golden Gate conference: keynotes, masterclasses, critiques, round tables, opportunities to connect with friends and make new ones, plus much more.

Most months will feature a webinar, a social, and critiques. Some months we’ll step back and take time to absorb and share what we’ve learned. Every month will help you move forward with your craft and make new connections.

Read on for a sneak preview of our exciting faculty and their planned keynotes, panels, and workshops. Registration will go live in November.

Draft Program (most presentations will be on Saturdays tbd)*

Program Kick-off: Welcome and Orientation: Danielle Sunshine & Christine Evans

Inspiration from our local creators: Abigail Hing Wen, Lindsay Lackey and Diana Toledano.

Author Keynote & Master Class with Uma Krishnaswami

Illustrator Keynote & Master Class


Editor presentation on Craft


Editor presentation: Matthew Ringler


Editor presentation: Grace Kendall


Panel: Maintaining Creativity in the Face of Jobs, Kids, Stress and More


Panel: It takes a village: Enlisting Critique Partners, Paid Editors, Craft Book Clubs, Mentors & Coaches


Month off from program for Illustrator Day/Month (separate registration)


In depth craft sessions for illustrators and writers led by a Diana Toledano and Jennifer March Soloway.


Small group workshops: practicing the skills you’ve learned, and connecting with others doing similar work.

Revision and Query Letter advice from Stephanie Fretwell-Hill and Jordan Hamessley.

Connecting the Dots and Graduation


Uma Krishnaswami
Matthew Ringler
Grace Kendall
Jordan Hamessley
Stephanie Fretwell-Hill
Jennifer March Soloway
Abigail Hing Wen
Lindsay Lackey
Diana Toledano

And more to be confirmed!


Each month can be purchased separately or, for a discounted price, you can buy a Golden Ticket for the whole year of content (critiques and round tables priced separately).

Every webinar (keynotes, lectures, masterclasses, and panels) will be recorded and available for 2 weeks after the event. Round tables, socials, critiques, and small-group workshops will not be recorded.

Prices coming soon.

* Please note: our faculty and program is subject to change because if 2020 has taught us anything, it’s to be flexible!