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Jodi Henley

Date(s) - 29/04/2022
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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Subtext and Emotional Layering

Easy techniques to add depth and resonance

If you struggle to hold or connect with your reader, are too “on the nose,” or have difficulty showing emotion in your work, join developmental editor Jodi Henley for an easy to understand webinar on subtext and emotional layering.


We’ll discuss what subtext is, how it works and ways to focus on the needs of your manuscript. We’ll also discuss emotional layering, what it is, when it is appropriate, how to pinpoint where layering would enrich the story, and talk about ways to add emotion even if you’re finding it hard to connect with the characters.

There will be a Q & A afterwards, and a short handout to fill out beforehand. Bring your curiosity and leave with the tools needed to take your manuscript to the next level.


Jodi Henley has worked on more than three hundred books covering everything from middle grade to urban fantasy, and enjoys being able to put theory into practice. A developmental editor since 2011, Jodi’s client list includes NYT bestselling authors Dianna Love, Nadia Lee and the unique chance to fangirl stories from the inside out. When she’s not working on edits, Jodi studies reviews for former projects to see what could be done better next time. She knows it’s a little geeky, but really enjoys the mindrush.




Register now to join us Friday 29 April at 8 pm Brussels Amsterdam Luxembourg time. For an additional fee, the first chapter or 25 pages of your Middle-grade or Young Adult manuscript can be critiqued by Jodi Henley (fiction only). Members only.


Critique Opportunity

Not quite sure if the message sent is the message received? Send a chapter or twenty-five pages from your work-in-progress MG or YA, in addition to a page containing your genre/subgenre (please drill down), questions and concerns. Receive in return carefully thought out, personalized answers. Although the workshop is on subtext and emotional layering, any craft of writing questions are welcome. If you would like to discuss the findings or resubmit the original work for a second look, three additional emails are included. Deadline to submit stories Friday May 5. You will receive feedback by Monday May 16.


In short:
Event: Master Class : Subtext and Emotional Layering
Presenter: Jodi Henley
Day: Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: 20:00 – 21:30 PM (CET)
Where: In the comfort of your own home! You will receive a Zoom link closer to the event.


19:45 – 20:00             Participants log in via Zoom link, ensure no technical audio/visual issues.

20:00 – 21:00            Event begins. The speaker leads the workshop.

21:00 – 21:30            Q&A with Speaker, closing.


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

Additional Manuscript Critique (optional, 25 spaces, first come first served):
€ 35 for SCBWI members

Payment can be made by bank transfer or by Paypal. 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 in addition to a page containing your genre/subgenre (please drill down), questions and concerns must be sent by email to our email address.

3. Your manuscript must ARRIVE in the mailbox ON or BEFORE Friday, May 5, 2021. Manuscripts received after May 5 cannot be accepted.

4. You may submit the first chapter (or the first 25 pages of your MG or YA manuscript (fiction only).

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). The title page does NOT count as one of your twenty-five 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 chapter (or 25 pages). 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 receive a written feedback by May 16, 2022.