Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2021 A Golden Gate Year: An Online Series of Craft and Connection Monthly

Date(s) - 01/01/2021 - 12/31/2021
4:00 pm


Monthly Schedule and Tickets

If you are unable to join us for the entirety of the conference, tickets for specific months may be purchased below.

Tickets for the month of February are currently available.  There is still some availability for roundtables and critiques.  If you are interested, please inquire via email at:

Registration is now CLOSED. Check back soon for March’s event.

February Schedule of Events

February 26, 2021, 7:00  pm Pacific Time

Come and join us for a fun Zoom Social Session.  This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, and reconnect with people you already know.

February 27, 2021, 11:00 am – 2:30 pm Pacific Time (includes break for lunch)

Keynote and Deep Dive from Uma Krishnaswami:

Keynote: Why Stop at Windows and Mirrors? Diverse Children’s and YA Books that Serve as Prisms for Readers

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific Time

In this lecture, Uma will apply Rudine Sims Bishop’s striking metaphor to a range of contemporary titles for children and young adults. The brilliance of the glass image continues to offer new ways of thinking about representation in literature for the young. Consider this a call to question conventions, blur borders, trust young readers, and grow our own ability to read and write generously. Uma will share a range of fiction and nonfiction titles from picture books through YA that play with the light shining on and from diverse characters, settings, and storylines.

Deep Dive: Making a Scene, Breaking It Down: Understanding the Fundamental Unit of Story

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Pacific Time

This class is based on the premise that a scene is the building block of long-form fiction and narrative nonfiction. We’ll begin with working definitions of scene and sequel. Then we’ll look closely at how character, setting, and plot reveal themselves in a scene. We’ll discuss how showing and telling are complementary and can be manipulated for effect. We’ll look at the passage of time, psychic distance, and significant details. We’ll reflect on imagery and theme, on what should be left unsaid and why, and how scenes link to one another in roughly alternating sequences of folding and unfolding. This session will include exercises, so come prepared to write and share. You can create draft scenes for this purpose or bring a scene or two from work in progress to revise.