Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Leap Into Publishing

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Date(s) - 02/29/2020
10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Columbus Metropolitan Library Main Library
96 South Grant Avenue - Columbus, OH 43215


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Calling all writers and illustrators– from beginners to experienced– who are eager to leap into the exciting world of publishing!

Please join us for an all-day workshop on writing and submitting children’s picture books, middle grade, and young adult with industry professionals:

Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor is a literary agent at Triada US. He joined the agency in 2014 to assist Uwe Stender while building his own list of fiction and non-fiction for readers aged 0-18. He was promoted to associate agent in November 2015 and to agent in April 2017. In 2019, he was named a PW Star Watch Honoree. His clients’ books have won major awards, collected starred reviews, and hit the bestseller lists. In addition to his role as an agent, he manages the agency’s subsidiary rights, licensing audiobook and foreign rights to their titles around the world. He describes his reading tastes as upmarket: he’s passionate about books for young readers that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience. Find him on Twitter @btaylorbooks and online at


Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Her middle grade debut, Midsummer’s Mayhem (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books 2019), is an Indian-American middle grade mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking. Her debut picture book Seven Golden Rings (Lee & Low, 2020) is set in ancient India and explains the basics of binary numbers. She is also the author of the forthcoming Much Ado About Baseball (MG, Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, 2021), and the picture books Bracelets for Brothers (Charlesbridge, 2021), I’ll Go and Come Back (Candlewick, 2022), and Where Three Oceans Meet (Abrams, 2022). Learn more about her at and on Twitter and Instagram @rajanilarocca


L. Philips

L. Philips went to Ohio University for a degree in music education, decided that job was entirely too noisy, and became a librarian instead. When she’s not working, she enjoys belting out show tunes when she thinks no one is listening and watching the same episodes of Thomas the Tank Engine over and over (or at least that’s what she tells her toddler son). She lives in Ohio and is the author of Perfect Ten.


WHERE: Columbus Metropolitan Main Library, 96 South Grant Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

WHEN: Saturday, February 29, 2020, 10:00-5:00 pm

WHAT: A full-day of programming with sessions on writing queries, crafting picture books, character development and plotting MG and YA books, and a faculty Q&A. A limited number of manuscript critiques will also be available–SEE DETAILS BELOW.

COST: Member Early-Bird price is $75 through January 31. (SEE MORE DETAILS BELOW.) Non-member price is $140.


*Lunch is provided as part of the registration fee. If you have a special dietary request, such as vegetarian or gluten-free, please email us by February 15 at

*Critique Opportunity: Eight (8) SCBWI members will receive a 10-minute critique of their manuscript from agent Brent Taylor. Brent will critique one picture book manuscript OR the first ten (10) pages of a middle grade OR young adult novel.

Critiques will be chosen on a lottery basis. If you would like to have your name in the lottery, please select “CRITIQUE LOTTERY” during registration. You must be registered by January 20 to be considered for the lottery, and manuscripts will be due February 1. Each winner will be required to pay an additional $40 for their critique upon notification of being selected.

*Early Bird Registration for members is $75 and will end at midnight on January 31. On February 1, the price will increase to $100.

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! Please email us at with any questions.


This event is fully booked.