Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Professional Series Meeting — “Revising like an Editor” Panel

Date(s) - 12/11/2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am



Join us on Zoom Saturday, December 112021 at 10:00 AM Pacific to welcome Cynthia Leitich Smith, Elizabeth Lee, and Kandace Coston as special guests for the SCBWI WWA December Professional Series Meeting. You won’t want to miss this.


Revising Like An Editor From Manuscript To Published Product

You have worked hard on your creative project and you’re thrilled to query or submit it. But not so fast. Have you stepped back and viewed it the way an editor will? As professional writers and editors, our speakers will give us tips and tricks on revising drafts to make them submission ready.

This is a panel discussion so please do come with questions!


Fees are non-refundable.

SCBWI members: $10 

Nonmembers: $15


Cynthia Leitich Smith is the 2021 NSK Neustadt Laureate and a New York Times bestselling author of books for young readers, including HEARTS UNBROKEN, which won the American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award. Her 2021 releases are the middle grade anthology ANCESTOR APPROVED: INTERTRIBAL STORIES FOR KIDS and novel SISTERS OF THE NEVERSEA.

She is also the author-curator of Heartdrum, a Native-focused imprint at HarperCollins Children’s Books, and serves as the Katherine Paterson Inaugural Endowed Chair on the faculty of the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Cynthia is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and lives in Austin, Texas.



Elizabeth Lee (she/her) is an editor acquiring middle grade, young adult, and the select picture book at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers. She is honored to have edited books by New York Times-bestselling and award-winning authors such as Libba Bray, Reyna Grande, and Lydia Sigwarth. She is currently hungry for emotionally nuanced, character-driven contemporary and light fantasy stories that make you cry or giggle with joy. When she is not editing, she writes children’s books under the pen name, E.L. Shen. Her debut middle grade novel, The Comeback, earned two starred reviews and was praised in The New York Times for its “fast-paced prose, authentic dialogue, and big emotions.” Find Elizabeth on Twitter at @eleereads. 



Kandace Coston  (she/her) is the associate editor at Lee & Low Books, an independent, multicultural children’s book publisher.

She grew up in the Bronx, New York, where she spent weekends reading stories and writing her own. After graduating from Barnard College, Columbia University, she won an internship grant from We Need Diverse Books, a non-profit organization that advocates for change in the publishing industry, and joined the Lee & Low team. She continues her work with WNDB as the alumnx manager on their internship grants committee.

Kandace is passionate about diversifying the publishing industry through the projects she edits and the creators she works with on those projects. She enjoys collaborating with new writers and illustrators, and helping their stories grow into published picture books. Professionally and personally, Kandace loves strong female protagonists as well as any story that can make her laugh. Learn more about Lee & Low Books here and We Need Diverse Books here.



Register Below:

This virtual webinar will be presented via Zoom Saturday, December 11, at 10:00 AM Pacific. Registration is required. Note that registration closes at midnight, Wednesday, December 8, or once we reach capacity. Register now to reserve your spot! If you are an SCBWI member, please log in to your SCBWI account to register.



All confirmed registrants will receive an email containing the event’s access information by Friday, December 10. Several days after the live event, confirmed registrants will also receive access to a replay of the webinar.