Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Imagination is Not Enough with author B. A. Binns

Date(s) - 10/24/2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Imagination is Not Enough with B. A.Binns

“I can use my imagination” authors often say when beginning a new story. Imagination is a powerful tool, but its value is often limited when writing about unfamiliar people and cultures. Imagination alone has limitations that often overlook culturally relevant information, or, worse still, gets things factually incorrect.  Webinar attendees will explore ways to meet the needs of their readers when writing cross-culturally. We will dive into issues like motivation, character, backstory, the difference between culture appreciation and appropriation, and some solutions to the types of issues authors may encounter while performing culturally relevant research. Attendees will also emerge with strategies for dealing with criticism.

B. A. Binns is a Chicago Area author who writes to attract and inspire reluctant readers with stories of “real boys growing into real men…and the people who love them.”

Audience: Intermediate and advanced authors interested in making their writing more inclusive.


Online Webinar via Zoom
Saturday, October 24, 12-1:30 pm Alaska time

$15 (Members) | $20 (Non-members) | recording available for one month afterward


This hour and a half event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those who register by October 23rd.

Registration closes ONE DAY before the webinar @ 10:00 am Alaska Time or whenever the available spots sell out. No additional registrations will be available after the event.


Extra: Get a written review from B. A. Binns! 

B. A. Binns will review up to 10 pages of your manuscript and offer feedback on cultural and diversity aspects. A limited number of reviews are available, so sign up ASAP. The option to purchase a review, if any are available, will appear after you click the registration button.

Jen Funk Weber will collect and return manuscripts being reviewed. Email up to ten pages (got that? 10!) to JenFWwrites at gmail dot com by October 31. Be sure to use standard manuscript formatting, and don’t test the 10-page limit. Jen is a motivator, not a disciplinarian, and it makes her sad to have to return improperly formatted or too-long manuscripts. If you have questions, drop her a line at the same address and ask.

 Note: ten reviews available, deadline to submit ten pages for written review of the cultural and other diversity aspects of your work is October 31. No Exceptions. Don’t make Jen sad.


Refund policy: please be advised, once payment has been made, there are no refunds. (At this price, we can’t afford it.) We also cannot credit the money for another event. Thank you for understanding.


Diversity and Inclusivity Scholarships Available!

Please apply by October 20, 2020.

Inclusivity Scholarships were established to promote inclusion and bring the webinar experience to applicants of any underrepresented group in children’s publishing including, but not limited to, those marginalized due to race/ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, gender and gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship, and religion. Thanks to author Linda Sue Park for donating to this scholarship.


1) Must be at least 18 years old and an Alaska resident.
2) Need not be a member of SCBWI, but MUST be (or aspire to be) an author or illustrator for children’s or teen literature.

How to Apply

Please email a writing sample or illustration to no later than 10 AM October 20, 2020. When approved, she’ll send you a coupon code for the webinar.

Writers: A 250-word excerpt from the first page(s) of a work-in-progress for readers under 18 years old.
Illustrators: Any original illustration for viewers under 18 years old.

Please follow these instructions when you email:

Subject line of e-mail: October Webinar Scholarship [Your name]
Body of the e-mail: Name, E-mail address, Telephone number
Copy and paste your writing sample into the body of the email or attach your illustration as a .jpg or .pdf file.

Any questions or concerns? Please email Lynn at