Posted by: Katie B | February 1, 2010

February Does Have A Lot To Offer…For Writers!

Cold and nasty outside?  Then march yourself over to one of these warm and exciting events for writers this month.  All of these are taking place in New York City or New Jersey, my home state.  Need something closer to your home?  Check your local universities or writers associations!  I’m sure they have some better ways of spending your time than moaning about the weather.  Get involved and before you know it, spring will be here…and…maybe, just maybe, it will bring a finished, polished manuscript along with it!?!

Saturday, February 6th:  Westfield, NJ critique group meeting for young adult / childrens writers at the Westfield Memorial Library, 9:30am – 11:00am.  Interested in having your peers review your work in a safe, comfortable, and informative environment?  Never been to a critique group but want to see how it works?  Contact Katie at katieb430 at verizon dot net.  We are open to new members!

Tuesday, February 9th:  Writing for Children Forum at the New School:  How Agents Work.  6:30pm.  This Writing for Children Forum focuses on how agents work to support their clients and create long-lasting successful careers for published authors. Agents Tracey Adams and Josh Adams, of Adams Literary Agency, will discuss these topics with Deborah Brodie, freelance editor.  Location:  Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street, room 510.  Fee:  only $5!!!

Saturday, February 20th:  Picture Book Seminar with Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen at the Bernards Township Library from 2:00 to 5:00pm.  Attendees are encouraged to submit a Picture Book Manuscript for review.  This event is sponsored by Women Who Write, Inc.  Want to find out more about what they do?  Visit:

Wednesday, February 24th:  First Page Session with Chris Richman, Agent, Upstart Crow Literary Agency and Rebecca Frazer, Editor, Sourcebooks.  Have the first page of your manuscript read aloud by volunteer readers and then the two agents / editors will give their critiques!  From 4:00pm to 6:30pm at Mackay Hall, Princeton University, with an optional dinner with the agents / editors following.  Sponsored by the SCBWI, New Jersey Chapter.  Want to learn more about what they offer?  Visit:

Saturday, February 27th:  Roundtable with Published Authors, 2:00pm – 4:00pm at the Morris County Public Library.  Anyone interested in learning how to become published, either via a traditional publisher or a self-publisher, is invited. This event is free and open to the public.   Sponsored by Women Who Write, Inc.  Interested in learning more?  Visit:

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