Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Crafting Seamless Transitions in YA and MG

Date(s) - 17/03/2023
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


No Categories

Learn techniques to transition from one paragraph, scene, or chapter to the next so smoothly that readers don’t even know they were transitioned.

  • Middle grade
  • Young Adult

The fabulous Deborah Halverson will share her tricks and grace us with her critique skills as a professional editor.

The session will be recorded for this who can’t attend it live.

Deborah Halverson is the award-winning author of Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies and Writing New Adult Fiction, as well as numerous teen novels, books in a series for struggling readers, and a picture book. Formerly an editor at Harcourt Children’s Books and now a freelance editor specializing in picture books and Young Adult/Middle Grade fiction and nonfiction, Deborah has been working with authors—bestsellers, veterans, debut, and aspiring—for twenty-five years. She is also the founder of the popular writers’ advice site and serves on the advisory board for the UC San Diego Extension “Children’s Book Writing and Illustrating” certificate program. / Connect with Deborah on your social media platforms:

 Register now to join us Friday 17 March at 7 pm CEST Brussels Amsterdam Luxembourg time.
Enjoy receiving a professional critique (sold out) by Deborah for an additional fee in any of the following children’s book categories: picture book, chapter book, MG, YA. Critiques for members only. Deadline to send manuscript 3 March.
Registration for the webinar will close Thursday March 16 at midnight.

In short:
Webinar: Crafting Seamless Transitions in YA and MG Fiction
for Smooth, Flowing Fiction

Presenter: Deborah Halverson
Day: Friday, March 17, 2023
Time: 19:00 – 20:30 PM (CEST)
Where: In the comfort of your own home! You will receive a Zoom link closer to the event.


18:45 – 19:00             Participants log in via Zoom link, ensure no technical audio/visual issues.

19:00 – 20:00            Event begins. The speaker leads the workshop.

20:00 – 20:30            Q&A with Speaker, closing.

20:45 – 23:15             One on one critiques (10 minutes each max).


Webinar fee:
€15 SCBWI member ticket
€20 Non-member ticket

Additional Manuscript Critique (optional, limited space, first come first served):
€ 35 for SCBWI members

Payment can be made by bank transfer or by Paypal. For European based members, we do prefer bank transfers as Paypal adds fees. 

Manuscript Consultation Guidelines

Please be sure to read the following very carefully before submitting your manuscript. If you are unsure about anything for the manuscript consultation, please mail us with any questions.

1. You must register for the event before you submit your manuscript.

2. All manuscript submissions must be sent by email to our email address.

3. Your manuscript must ARRIVE in the mailbox ON or BEFORE Friday, March 3, 2023. Manuscripts received after March 3 cannot be accepted.

4. You may submit 10 pages of your manuscript (picture book, chapter book, MG, YA).

5. Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman font, double spaced, 1-inch margins all around. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page.

6. ALL manuscript submissions must include a title page with your contact information and the reading level of your manuscript (YA, MG, Chapter Book, PB). The title page does NOT count as one of your ten pages.

7. The name on your manuscript must match the name you registered under, even if you write under a pseudonym.

8. Submit only the first TEN (10) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter. If you would like to include a synopsis (max. 250 words), you may do so on the cover page. The synopsis will not be critiqued, it is just there to give an overview of your manuscript.

9. You will be notified of your time slot by 16 march 2021. You will receive written comments by 16 March 2023.