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2018 Twitter Chat Schedule

Upcoming SCBWI Oklahoma Twitter Chats for 2018

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


January 23rdTopic Chat: Mentor Texts


February 6th – Allison Remcheck
7-8PM #okscbwichat

Literary Agent Allison Remcheck will be our guest. Allison is an Associate Agent with the Stimola Literary Studio. She is drawn to voices that speak for themselves, stories that only the author can tell, and books that reflect the lives of every child – especially the ones told least often. Allison will also be speaking at our spring conference in April.

Her Twitter handle is @allisonremcheck



February 27th – Daniel Nayeri 
7-8PM #okscbwichat

Publisher and Author Daniel Nayeri will be our guest. Daniel Nayeri is the publisher of a new imprint at Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group. He is the author of several books for young readers, including STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW: Four NovellasTHE MOST DANGEROUS BOOK, and HOW TO TELL A STORY. Daniel and his family immigrated to the United States when he was eight years old and arrived in Oklahoma. Daniel will also be speaking at our spring conference in April.

His Twitter handle is @DanielNayeri



March 6th  – Hannah Mann
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Hannah Mann is a Junior Agent with Writers House Literary Agency. Hannah started as an intern in the New York office before becoming Steven Malk’s assistant. She’s had the privilege of working closely with a variety of talented bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators of works ranging from very young picture books to middle grade to young adult. Now as a Junior Agent, she’s seeking clients from those genres. Hannah will also be speaking at our spring conference in April. 

Her Twitter handle is @hannahmann



March 27th – Chad Beckerman
 7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Chad Beckerman is Creative Director for Amulet Books, Abrams Books for Young Readers and ComicArts. Chad oversees the design of picture books, novels, and graphic novels

He is the designer behind such successful children series as DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, ORIGAMI YODA, Nathan Hale’s HAZARDOUS TALES, FRANK EINSTEIN, THE TERRIBLE TWO, and Bill Nye’s JACK AND THE GENIUSES. He has also designed several bestselling picture books including ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER, TROMBONE SHORTY, VEGETABLES IN UNDERWEAR, and Jillian Tamaki’s upcoming THEY SAY BLUE.

He has had the honor of working with many amazing illustrators including Jeff Kinney, Jillian Tamaki, Dan Santat, Victo Ngai, Sophie Blackall, David Roberts, Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer, and John Hendrix most recently on his DRAWING IS MAGIC. Chad will also be a speaker at our spring conference in April.

His Twitter handle is @chadwbecks.

*We had some technical difficulties with the Beckerman chat; many retweets were necessary to relay our special guest’s information. So, to best enjoy the review of the Beckerman chat, here’s a tip: you can view the original tweet when you click on the link in the pictured tweet.*


Sunday, April 29th – Zoe Waring
1-2PM, #okscbwichat

On a special date and time UK Illustrator Zoe Waring joins us!

Author and illustrator of NO HUGS FOR PORCUPINE, illustrator of TRUCK, TRUCK, GOOSE, CAT AND DOG, and the upcoming PEEPING BEAUTY (May 2018), Zoe Waring has always loved the warmth and humour found in children’s picture books, and is a little obsessed with cute animals… just a little bit. She also loves drawing, has a rather silly sense of humour and a vivid imagination. You can begin to understand why she believes she has THE best job in the world!

Her Twitter handle is @zoemop



May 22nd – Heather Cashman
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Heather is the Managing Director of Pitch Madness, Pitch Wars, and #PitMad – contests that help match writers with agents. Previously an Editor/Ambassador for Cornerstones Literary Consultancy US, Heather now freelance edits full time. She’s been an agent intern for over a year. She’ll be answering all of our questions about pitch contests. You can learn more about these contests at

Her Twitter handle is @HeatherCashman



June 26th – Pablo Cartaya
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Pablo Cartaya is the author of the acclaimed middle-grade novel, The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora (Viking, 2017); Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish (Viking, 2018); and two forthcoming titles in 2019 and 2020 also to be published by VikingHe is a Publisher’s Weekly “Flying Start” and has received starred reviews from Kirkus, Booklist, and Publisher’s Weekly.

He is the co-author of the picture book, Tina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes (Random House, 2010), a contributor to the literary magazine, Miami Rail; the Spanish language editorial, Suburbano Ediciones; and a translator for the poetry chapbook, Cinco Poemas/Five Poems based on the work of poet Hyam Plutzik. Pablo visits schools and universities throughout the US and currently serves as faculty at Sierra Nevada College’s MFA in Creative Writing.

His Twitter handle is @phcartaya.



July 24th – Emma Dryden
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Emma Dryden is a former Vice President, Publisher of Atheneum Books for Young Readers and Margaret K. McElderry Books. She has edited nearly five hundred books for children and young readers, ranging in format from board books and picture books to poetry, novelty books, non-fiction, middle grade fiction, and young adult/teen fiction and fantasy. Learn more about Emma Dryden here:

Emma will be leading the SCBWI OK Fall Revision Retreat this September. You can learn more about this event from the SCBWI OK website:

Her Twitter handle is @drydenbks



August 28th – Joshua Brunet
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Joshua Brunet has been a freelance illustrator for over 15 years and has worked for a variety of magazines, including Focus on the Family and LifeWay Press. His first children’s book, When Pigs Fly, was published in 2011 by Borderstone Press. Since then he has illustrated three other children’s books including, I’m in Love with a Big Blue Frog (Imagine Publishing), a collaboration with legendary folk trio Peter, Paul, and Mary, and singer/songwriter Les Braunstein.

Joshua taught as an adjunct professor in the art department at Union University in Jackson, TN from 2009 – 2014. He then moved to Denver, CO where he was an Assistant Professor of Illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design from 2014 – 2016.

Joshua is married with four children and currently resides in Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he teaches in the art department at Oklahoma Baptist University.

His Twitter handle is @JoshuaBrunet.


September 25th – Ashley Nixon
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Ashley Nixon-Amador is the author of the YA fantasy CUTLASS series. She graduated from the university of Oklahoma and has a Masters in Library Sciences and Information Studies. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar Alumni. She loves pugs, libraries, and eyeliner. Ashley lives in Oklahoma with her husband.

Her Twitter handle is @AshleymNixon.


October 23rd – Sue Lowell Gallion
7-8PM, #okscbwichat

Sue Lowell Gallion, former Kansas SCBWI RA and PB author of the PUG MEETS PIG and PUG & PIG TRICK-OR-TREAT books, which both received starred reviews, writes for children because she is passionate about children, reading, and any combination of the two. Sue’s debut picture book, PUG MEETS PIG, illustrated by Joyce Wan (Beach Lane Books/Simon & Schuster) is now in its second printing.

Her Twitter handle is @SueLGallion.


Watch for more updates in the 2018 schedule.