Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Workshops with Suzanne Morgan Williams

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Date(s) - 05/14/2022
9:30 am - 3:30 pm

UNM Continuing Education or on Zoom
1634 University Blvd NE - Albuquerque , NM 87131


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PARTICIPATE IN-PERSON OR ZOOM! The in-person option requires proof of vaccination.

Suzanne Morgan Williams is the author of the middle grade novel Bull Rider (a Junior Library Guild Selection) and eleven nonfiction books for children. Suzanne has presented and taught writing workshops at dozens of schools, professional conferences, and literary events across the US and Canada. She is on the Nevada Arts Council Artist Roster of teaching artists and was Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Member of the Year, 2012. Her full day workshop The Insider’s Guide to Awesome School Visits with Bruce Hale at the SCBWI’s International Conference in Los Angeles, August 2016, was back for a repeat in 2017. She is a founder of the Nevada SCBWI Mentorship program.


Revision Workout!!! 

Morning Session: 9:30 – Noon

Suzanne’s hands-on workshop will take you through a revision process in a concrete way. No more staring at the page wishing you knew what to change or how to begin. Suzanne will lead directed exercises 

1) The Blueprint:  to identify the heart of your story and overall arcs  

2) The Building Blocks: to analyze your writing and story structures, and discuss the “fixes”

3) The Finishes: to clarify your characters’ voices through dialogue and action, use word choice and rhythm to match your intentions.

**Bring three copies of 15 pages of your manuscript (unless it’s shorter) as well as one copy of a section that just doesn’t work. 

In-person: Members: $25, Nonmembers $35

Zoom: $15

So You’re Not a Juggler – Creating Unique and Exciting School Visits

Afternoon Session: 1:00 – 3:30

In this hands-on workshop you’ll learn to tailor your school visit to your book(s) and the age of your audience, get tips for engaging students and keeping them with you from start to finish, and then design a program that you can present to school librarians, administrators, or parent groups. Handouts include a timeline for planning with advice on sharing your needs with the school and anticipating and avoiding problems on presentation day. There will be time for questions and a discussion of adapting in-person visits to Zoom or Skype.  

Suzanne has given hundreds of presentations for kids from ages 5 through 18 and spoken to audiences of 400 and small groups of 6 to 8. She does large assemblies, writing workshops – for up to 60 students at a time – and has designed community family literacy celebrations. She’s worked in urban schools and with rural students – the Rio Grande Valley to Chicago to the Ozarks. 

In-person: Members $25, Nonmembers $35

Zoom: $15

Critiques: Suzanne is offering a limited number of 2-part critiques.

Part 1: Send 7-10 pages of your mid-grade or young adult fiction or non-fiction work by April 22 for a written review.

Part 2: After the workshop, send your revisions by May 28 and she’ll Zoom with you to discuss your project.

Cost: $50