2017 Twitter Chat Schedule

Upcoming SCBWI Oklahoma Twitter Chats for 2017

No matter the date, each Twitter chat session will last one hour, from 7-8pm CST, and we’ll be using the hashtag #okscbwichat.

Email questions to: Valerie Lawson  valerierlawson@cox.net

January 24th - Topic Chat: "New Year's Goals – How Do You Keep Them?" Share your writing goals for the year and how you plan to keep yourself on track.

February 28th  – Kristen Nelson (Agent) 


Kristin Nelson will be one of our Spring 2017 speakers.   She established the Nelson Literary Agency in 2002 and over the last decade+ of her career has represented over thirty-five New York Times bestselling titles and many USA Today bestsellers. Clients include Ally Carter, Marie Lu, Scott Reintgen, Gail Carriger, Stacey Lee, Marcia Wells, and Simone Elkeles. When she is not busy selling books, Kristin attempts to play golf & tennis. She also enjoys playing Bridge (where she is the youngest person in her club), and can be found hiking in the mountains with her husband and their dog Chutney. Member: RWA, AAR, SFWA, SCBWI www.nelsonagency.com   @agentkristinNLA

















JillSantopoloEXTRA March 7th – Jill Santopolo (Editor)

Jill Santopolo will be one of our Spring Conference speakers. She received a BA in English literature from Columbia University, an MFA in writing for children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, and a certificate in intellectual property law from NYU. As the editorial director of Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers group, she has edited many New York Times bestselling and award-winning authors including Atia Abawi, Terry Border, Chelsea Clinton, Andrea Cremer, Lisa Graff, and Alex London. She’s the author of the Sparkle Spa series, the Alec Flint mysteries, the Follow Your Heart books, and the upcoming adult novel The Light We Lost. An adjunct professor in The New School’s MFA program, Jill travels the world to speak about writing and storytelling. She lives in New York City. 


EXTRA March 14th – Linda Camacho (Agent) 

Tulsa Connect meeting will enjoy participating in this Twitter Chat together during the regular meeting.


LINDA CAMACHO will be another of our spring conference speakers. She joined Prospect Agency in 2015 after a decade in publishing. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin and Random House before making the leap to agenting. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. @LindaRandom



EXTRA – Monday, March 20, 2017Katrina Damkoehler (Sr. Designer) 

KatrinaDamkoehlerKatrina Damkoehler will be speaking at our spring conference. She is currently a Senior Designer for the trade imprints of Random House Children's Publishing, where she designs and art directs approximately 35 middle grade and picture book titles per year. She was previously Art Director at Amazon Children's Publishing. Recent projects she art directed include the 2015 Geisel Award-winner "You Are Not Small" (Anna Kang/Christopher Weyant), "Grover Cleveland, Again" (Ken Burns/Gerald Kelley), and "This is My Book" (Mark Pett). @treesna_katrina

Other Twitter Chats are in the works. Below are the confirmed Chats.

April 25th – Tammi Sauer (PB) and Troy Cummings (Illustrator) 

May 23rd  – Brenda Maier (PB) 

June 27th –Mallory Grigg – Art Director at Alloy Entertainment, book cover designer, painter, Texan in NYC. 

July 15th – Social Media Hangout Both Oklahoma City and Tulsa will have Social Media Hangouts on Saturday, July 15th from 3:00 – 5:00 PM. The purpose will be to learn about, discuss, and launch our new SCBWI-Oklahoma Private Facebook Group.

This will be for members only and will replace our former Listserv. Our Social Media Committee will be sharing instructions about this new venture at both meetings. Following the meetings on Saturday, information will be sent to all members about the private group. 

Social Media Committee members will also be available to help with Facebook and Twitter accounts. Bring your lap tops if you can. The Tulsa group will also use the big wall screen at our location.

Oklahoma City – From 3:00 – 5:00 PM, at the home of Jerry and Jessica Bennett, 1820 NW 38th St., Oklahoma City 73118

Tulsa – From 3:00 – 5:00 PM, at our regular Connect location, Memorial Baptist Church Activity Building (south across 29th from the main church building) 2902 S. Yale Ave., Tulsa, OK. 



 August 22 – Matthew Ringer – Editor with Scholastic 














October 3, 2017 – Cynthea Liu – author








Oct. 23 – Kim Ventrella – Oklahoma author




No Twitter Chats in November or December