SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

ReTREAT Schedule

Scoop One: Revision Presentation/Picture Book Coach and Small Group Critique Session

Saturday, June 5 (9:00 am – 12:15 pm EST)

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am – 9:45 am Picture Book Revision Presentation

Plot, Page-Turns, and Pith: All About Picture Book Pacing

Sylvie Frank, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster / Paula Wiseman Books

9:45 am – 10:00 am Retreat participants assigned to their Picture Book Coach and small critique group and go into breakout rooms

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Small group critique group exchange

Each participant reads manuscript, Picture Book coach offers highlights from written feedback; peer members can share feedback too

12:00 – 12:15 pm Scoop One Closing and Scoop Two Prep

Each participant receives written feedback file from Picture Book Coach

Reminder about revised manuscript for Scoop Two due by Friday, June 11 at 3 pm EST for Picture Book Coaches optional pre-read

 

Scoop Two: Revision Presentation/Picture Book Coach and Small Group Critique Session

Saturday, June 12 (9:00 am – 12:15 pm EST)

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Overview

9:15 am – 9:45 am Picture Book Revision Presentation

Helping Pictures Talk: Shaping relationships between words, pacing, and illustrations in picture books

Jill Davis, Executive Editor, HarperCollins

9:45 am – 10:00 am Retreat participants assigned to their Picture Book Coach and small critique group and go into breakout rooms

10:00 am – 12:00 pm Small group critique group exchange

Each participant reads manuscript, Picture Book coach offers verbal feedback on changes; peer members can share feedback too if time allows

12:00 – 12:15 pm Scoop Two Closing and Scoop Three Prep

Reminder about revised manuscript for Scoop Three due by Friday, June 16 at 3 pm EST for Agent/Editors optional pre-read

 

Scoop 3: Editor & Agent Small Group Critiques and Q&A Panel  

Saturday, June 19 (9:00 am – 12:30 pm EST)

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Small Group Editor/Agent Assignments

9:15 am – 11:15 am Small Group Critique with Assigned Editor or Agent

Each participant reads work aloud and agent/editor provides live 1st impression feedback in small group setting with Picture Book Coach as moderator

11:15 am – 11:30 am  Break

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Moderated Editor/Agent Q&A Panel

Based on questions submitted by retreat participants at time of registration

12:30 pm  Closing and Next Steps

Instructions for purchasing written-only critique from small group editor or agent

Instructions for post-retreat submissions

 

Post-Retreat Written-Only Critique (An Optional Opportunity)

Retreat participants opting for a $45 post-retreat written critique from the agent or editor assigned to their small critique group will have until Sunday, June 20 to sign-up/pay for the critique.

The revised picture book manuscript for written-only critiques must be submitted by July 1.

Written-only critiques will be distributed to those that sign up approximately 4 weeks later. (Please note: this date may vary slightly based on faculty scheduling conflicts. You’ll receive information about timing prior to signing up for the critique with your assigned agent or editor.)