2016 Fall Picture Book/Early Reader/Nonfiction Workshop in TULSA


Tulsa Workshop

Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016
9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

   Picture Books, Early Readers, & Non-Fiction, Oh My!
University Village Theater – 8555 South Lewis, Tulsa, OK 74137
Lunch included with registration

$50 for SCBWI Members, $75 for Non-Members
Student Discounts (under 18) – $40 for SCBWI Members, $65 for Non-Members
Optional Off-Site Professional Critique: CLOSED

Tammi Sauer – Picture Books 
“Love at First (50 words) Sight” and an inspirational key-note at the end of the day, “Orange You Glad You’re Here

Tammi SauerTammi Sauer is a full time children's book author who also presents at schools and conferences across the nation. She has sold 28 picture books to major publishing houses including Disney*Hyperion, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Sterling. In addition to winning awards, Tammi's books have gone on to do great things. CHICKEN DANCE: THE MUSICAL is currently on a national tour, NUGGET & FANG was a featured book at the 2015 Scholastic Book Fair, and YOUR ALIEN, an NPR Best Book of 2015, was recently released in Italian, Spanish, Korean, and French which makes her feel extra fancy.
Her latest book, MARY HAD A LITTLE GLAM, received a starred view. According to Kirkus, "Pinkalicious + Fancy Nancy + Eloise = Mary .  . . the brown-skinned queen of glam."

Gwendolyn Hooks
Early Readers

“Everything You Wanted to Know About Early Readers But Were Afraid to Ask”

Gwendolyn HooksGwendolyn Hooks is a graduate of the University of Missouri-St. Louis and a former middle school mathematics teacher. When Gwendolyn decided to write books for children, she joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She credits the organization and its members with guiding her career toward publication.

Gwendolyn’s latest book, Tiny Stitches – The Life of Medical Pioneer Vivien Thomas is a picture book biography illustrated by the award winning Colin Bootman. It has received great reviews including a star from Booklist. She has 14 published early readers including her 8-book Pet Club series. In 2017, Lee and Low will publish Music Fun and Block Party as part of the Confetti Kids series.
Gwendolyn has three adult children and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband.

Barbara Lowell
– Nonfiction

“Research-For More Than Nonfiction”     

Barbara LowellBarbara Lowell is the author of George Ferris What A Wheel, Grosset & Dunlap, an Oklahoma Book Award finalist; Daring Amelia, Penguin Young Readers (11/8/16); and a forthcoming picture book with Cameron + Company. She is an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, a runner-up for SCBWI’s Barbara Karlin Grant and a winner of the Katherine Patterson Prize at Hunger Mountain (Vermont College of Fine Arts.) She lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Visit her at: https://www.barbaralowell.com and It’s History! at: https://www.barbaralowell.com/blog-2/

Book Sales with Autograph Party open to public at end of the Tulsa Workshop. Speakers will have multiple titles to sell. Attendees are able to sell one title (SCBWI new policy). Arrangements must be made with Amy Stephens amydeestephens@yahoo.com  by no later than September 26 to have books for sale on the table.

Peer Critique Sessions during Workshop Day
Bring 5 copies of up to 5 pages for longer works, or all of a PB for Peer Critique during the workshop. Those who purchased critiques from off-site professionals are welcome to share their critique. Those not bringing pages are encouraged to join a group for the experience.

$40 Off-Site Digital Manuscript Critiques CLOSED
Industry professional off-site critiques will be available for an additional payment of $40.

  • Attendees paying for the off-site critiques MUST BE REGISTERED & email their pages by September 1st.

  • The first 10 pages, or less, of a longer work or all of one picture book MUST BE EMAILED ONLY in Word format only by SEPTEMBER 1st to Helen Dunlap Newton at oklahoma-ra@scbwi.org.

  • No mailed manuscripts – Email confirmations will be sent.

  • Manuscripts need to be double-spaced, no smaller than 12 font, and may include 40-word plot summary at the beginning—number pages at top right, include your name & indicate if PB, Chapt., MG, YA, NF, Comic etc…

  • Writers may not request a certain critiquer, but please inform us if one of the critiquers has already seen the pages you are submitting.

Off-Site Critique Professionals
The following publishing professionals (who will not be at the event) will provide the $40 critiques:
Sylvie Frank, Editor at Paula Wiseman Books / Simon & Schuster is the editor of award-winning and critically acclaimed books including Breathe by Scott Magoon; Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev, illustrated by Taeeun Yoo; Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber by Sue Macy, illustrated by C. F. Payne; Footer Davis Probably Is Crazy by Susan Vaught; and Storm by Donna Jo Napoli. Since joining Paula Wiseman Books in January 2013, Sylvie has been on the prowl for literary, character-driven middle grade and kid-focused, snappy picture books. She is drawn to original voices across all genres. One of her favorite pastimes is browsing agents’ and illustrators’ websites for new talent. When she’s not reading, Sylvie can be found running while listening to audiobooks.

Sylvie Frank



Ariel Richardson, Associate Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, primarily edits board books, picture books, formats / novelty, and some non-fiction, like Bunny Slopes, Golden Domes and Silver Lanterns, At the Same Moment, Around the World, Origami Playhouse, and I Can Dance and I Can Play. She loves books with a diverse or global perspective, books that celebrate the power of the imagination, and books that push the boundaries of traditional bookmaking. She’s been a children’s bookseller for about ten years, at three different independent bookstores on two coasts.







She has a master’s degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston, where she took courses on all genres of children’s literature.



 Adriana Domínguez, agent at Full Circle Literary, has 20 years of experience in publishing. Among others, she was Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she managed the children’s division of the Rayo imprint, and Children’s Reviews Editor at Críticas magazine, published by Library Journal. 

Her author client list includes award winners and best sellers such as Michaela and Elaine DePrince, Reyna Grande, Katheryn Russell-Brown and Angela Cervantes. Adriana is interested in picture books that are funny or endearing, with an element of the unexpected; voice-driven contemporary and historical middle grade and young adult novels, and narrative nonfiction, including biographies, and memoirs written by authors with strong platforms. Twists, strong concepts, and diverse points of view are all on her general wish list; works that are at once timely and timeless will always get her attention. Adriana also represents artists with distinctive styles, and not-so-secretly yearns to bring more diverse illustrators into the market. 

(Please note that Adriana is not accepting short stories, poetry, romance, thrillers, mysteries, science fiction, fantasy, dystopian or paranormal submissions. She will consider bilingual fiction and nonfiction works for children.)

Adriana Dominguez


All attendees may submit to the agent and editors after the conference, even though they are closed houses. See conference folder for submission requirements.

Professionals will receive a list of attendees for the workshop for which they are doing critiques. If you register for ONE workshop, you will only be able to submit to the professionals for that workshop. If you register for BOTH events, you can submit to all off-site professionals after the workshops.

Contact Helen Newton: oklahoma-ra@scbwi.org

or Jill Donaldson: oklahoma-ara@scbwi.org