Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

The Next Level – October 2021 Webinar

Date(s) - 10/16/2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

THIS CLASS IS NOW AN ONLINE WEBINAR.  SCBWI Oregon’s professional series is here to help bring your writing and illustration skills to The Next Level. Whether you’re plotting a novel or perfecting a picture book, our TNL sessions can give you tools to advance your career. All levels of experience welcome. 



OCTOBER Webinar Presenter: Melissa Hart 


OCTOBER Topic: Your Fiction is Fire: Capturing the Middle-Grade Voice with Authenticity & Humor

In this fun and lively workshop, we’ll look at selections from three recent middle-grade novels, along with examples from tween pop culture, and discuss the ways in which writers and others create authentic voice in young characters. We’ll talk about how to develop your own characters’ unique voices, when to use or avoid slang, the special role of humor whether your story is comedy or drama, and how to make sure your protagonist’s voice on page one of your manuscript inspires an agent or editor to ask for all your pages. 


Bio: Melissa Hart

Melissa Hart is the author of Better with Books: 500 Diverse Books to Ignite Empathy and Encourage Self-Acceptance in Tweens and Teens, and the middle-grade novel Avenging the Owl–a 2018-19 OBOB selection. She’s contributing editor at The Writer Magazine, and teaches for the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Southern New Hampshire University.

Registration opens October 1, 2021


Fee By 10/15/ 2021 On 10/16/2021 by 11AM
Member $8 $10
Season Ticket: $35


Series Schedule – click here.

Questions? Contact  Judi Gardiner, The Next Level Coordinator, at

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