Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Virtual Agents Day 2023

Date(s) - 03/11/2023
9:00 am - 4:00 pm

SCBWI San Francisco/South – Virtual Agents Day

March 11, 2023, 9am – 4pm, Pacific Standard Time

Manuscript Critique submissions due by January 18th, 2023
Portfolios for review will be due by March 3rd, 2023

UPDATE: All Manuscript Critiques, Roundtables, and Portfolio Reviews have SOLD OUT. 

Zoom links will be sent out on Thursday, March 9th.


Agent Bios





Manuscript Critiques

Portfolio Reviews




Panel on Great Pitches Event Fees



Karly Dizon – Fuse Literary

Rachel Orr – Prospect Agency

Jemiscoe Chambers-Black – Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Aliza R. Hoover – The CAT Agency

Wendi Gu – Sanford J. Greenburger Associates (for PB manuscript critiques with written feedback only)

View Agent Bios Here!

View Schedule Details Here!
(All events are online. A Zoom link will be sent to the registrants a few days prior to the event. Presentations will be recorded and available to the registrants for 30 days after the event. All times are Pacific Standard Time.)

9:00  – 10:00 am – Agent Basics 101, presented by the SF/South Regional Team
10:15 – 11:30 am – Agents’ Panel on Great Pitches, Jem Chambers-Black, Karly Dizon, Rachel Orr
11:30 – 12:00 pm – Lunch Break!
12:00 – 1:35 pm – Manuscript Critiques
Only for those who registered and submitted a manuscript for critique plus Zoom meeting.
1:45 – 2:45 pm – First Look Roundtables
Only for those who registered for a roundtable with an agent.
12:00 – 2:45 pm – Portfolio Reviews
Only for those who registered for a portfolio review.
3:00 – 4:00 pm – Illustrator Searchability, Aliza R. Hoover

Event Extras:

UPDATE: All Manuscript Critiques, Roundtables, and Portfolio Reviews have SOLD OUT. Registration for the presentations is still available!

After you register for the presentations, you may choose to add on only one of the following: manuscript critique, portfolio review, or a first look roundtable. There are only a limited number of these available and may sell out, so register early!

Manuscript Critiques:
Choose which agent you would like a manuscript from. You can choose a “written only” critique or “critique with meeting”.

Written-Only –  the agent will provide written feedback about your manuscript. We will email your feedback shortly after Agents Day.

Critique With Meeting – On Agents Day, you will have a scheduled one-on-one, 15 minute Zoom meeting with your critique agent to hear their feedback, ask questions, and discuss your project.

Manuscripts for critique will be due by January 18th. View the manuscript critique details and submission guidelines here.

Portfolio Reviews:
On Agents Day, you will have a scheduled one-on-one, 15 minute Zoom meeting with our illustration agent to give you feedback on your portfolio or dummy. Portfolios or dummy will be due by March 3rd. View the portfolio submission guidelines here.

First Look Roundtables:
A group of 5-6 attendees will meet with the agent they registered with. Each attendee will have 9-12 minutes to read aloud the first page of a novel or 300 words of a picture book manuscript or give the pitch for their work. Then, the agent will provide feedback. It’s a good learning opportunity to hear an industry professional’s opinion about your work and the work of your peers! More information on roundtables here.

Panel on Great Pitches:
The first 20 people to register will have the chance to have their pitch critiqued during our “Panel on Great Pitches”! A link to submit will be sent separately to those people only. We will compile all the pitches into one document, removing each submitter’s name. The agents will choose which ones to talk about during this panel – either because they stand out or because they could use a little improvement. If an agent likes your pitch, we will let you know so you can submit a personalized query to them! More information on pitches here!


Event Fees:

SCBWI Members Non-SCBWI Members
Presentations $10.00 $35.00
Manuscript critique with Zoom meeting $85.00 unavailable
Manuscript critique, written feedback only $60.00 unavailable
Portfolio review with Zoom meeting $85.00 unavailable
Roundtable $50.00 unavailable

* You must register for the presentations in order to add on a manuscript critique, portfolio review, or roundtable. The critiques, portfolio review, and roundtables may sell out.


Thanks to an anonymous grant, financial assistance is available for members of the San Francisco/South region! SCBWI San Francisco/South is committed to reducing financial barriers so that everyone in our region can bring their stories to life. 

If you are a current member of San Francisco/South and require free or reduced fees for a manuscript critique, portfolio review, or roundtable, email with “Agent Day Coupon” in the subject and body and we will reply with discounted coupon codes –  no questions asked, no explanation needed.


Refund Policy:

There are NO REFUNDS available for this event. Before you register, be 100% sure that:

• For a manuscript critique, you have a manuscript ready to submit by the deadline of January 18th, 2023. See the manuscript guidelines here. 

• For a portfolio review, you will have a PDF ready to submit by the deadline of March 3rd, 2023. See the portfolio review guidelines here.

• You are able to attend the scheduled manuscript critique, portfolio review, or roundtable time. We CANNOT reschedule missed sessions for any reason. Please see the schedule page for details.

The presentations will be recorded. If you are unable to attend the live session on March 11th, you can still view them at your convenience for 30 days after the event.


Thank you for your interest, but registration for this event is now closed.
Zoom links will be emailed to all attendees on Thursday, March 9th.
For questions email: