SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

ReTREAT Schedule

Scoop One: Revision Presentation/Picture Book Coach and Small Group Critique Session (Small Groups = Live-Only)

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

 

9:00 am – 9:15 am Welcome and Introduction of PB Coaches

9:15 am – 9:20 am Retreat participants sorted into assigned breakout rooms

9:20 am – 9:30 am Small group critique member introductions

9:30 am – 11:30 am Small group critique feedback; Each participant reads manuscript, Picture Book coach offers highlights from written feedback; peer members can share feedback if time permits

11:30 am – 11:40 pm Rejoin large group/break time 

11:45 am – 12:15 pm Picture Book Revision Presentation

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

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

12:15 pm Scoop One Closing and Scoop Two Prep Remarks from SCBWI Ohio North Regional Team

Information on when each participant will receive written critique feedback file 

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

Encourage critique groups to consider swapping revisions during the week

 

 

Scoop Two: Revision Presentation/Picture Book Coach and Small Group Critique Session (Small Groups = Live-Only)

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 18 at 3 pm EST for Agent/Editors optional pre-read

 

Scoop 3: Editor & Agent Small Group Critiques and Q&A Panel  (Small Groups = Live-Only)

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.)