Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Let’s Talk Revision with Linda Sue Park

Date(s) - 05/23/2020
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Let’s Talk Revision with Linda Sue Park

With exercises for a work-in-progress

Online via Zoom (training available to make it easy)
Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10 AM Alaska Time

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


Join us as Linda Sue Park shows us how to take our writing to the next level using simple but crucial revision techniques.

She will address questions like: How can you identify and eliminate unnecessary words? How does paying attention to nouns help unify a story world? How can easy keyboarding tricks help sharpen your work?

This webinar will help you develop a critical eye for your work so you can become your own best editor.

Bring at least five pages of a work in progress, or a draft of a picture book text, as an electronic file. Please note: While some of the exercises can be done by hand with pen and paper, they have been designed for laptop use.



Our Presenter


Linda Sue Park


About Linda Sue Park

Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including the 2002 Newbery Medal winner A Single Shard and the NYTimes Bestseller A Long Walk to Water. Her most recent titles are Nya’s Long Walk, a picture book, and Prairie Lotus, middle-grade historical fiction. Linda Sue serves on the Board of Advisors for We Need Diverse Books and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She has been a panelist for several book awards, including the Kirkus Prize, the National Book Award, the PEN Naylor Grant, and the SCBWI Golden Kite Award.

Linda Sue knows very well that she will never be able to read every good book ever written, but she keeps trying anyway.

Visit Linda Sue’s website for more information about her and her work.



This event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those who register by May 22nd.

Registration closes ONE DAY before the webinar @ 10:00 am Alaska Time or whenever the available spots (500) sell out. No additional registrations will be available after the event.



Register for the Webinar

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see registration options. If you are a member, login to see the member price.

4/28/20 Note: There have been recent problems with the automatic payment system. We encourage you to pay us via sending money via our chapter PayPal account and then notifying us of the event you wish to registered for at


How Does a Webinar Work?

Read about how to use Zoom.

Do that soon after registering so you have time to get familiar with the format and troubleshoot any problems.

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to join the meeting. At least 10 minutes before the webinar, click on the link to join the meeting live. Check your time zone!

On May 23, 10:00 AM Alaska Time is 8:00 AM in Hawaii and 2:00 PM in Maryland.

If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay after the event. The replay will be available until June 23, 2020.

Please note that our webinar license allows up to 500 participants to attend the webinar live. Based on past attendance, there should be room for everyone who wants to attend live to do so. However, if a greater than anticipated number of participants join live, the event could reach capacity. If you feel strongly about attending the webinar live, please plan to log in early. You will be able to join up to 15 minutes before the webinar begins.



Diversity and Inclusivity Scholarships Available

Apply by May 20, 2020.

Linda Sue is donating her honorarium to Inclusivity Scholarships for this event. Such scholarships were established to promote inclusion and bring the conference 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.


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 May 20, 2020.

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: May 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.

Refund policy: please be advised, that once payment has been made, that 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.