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How to Use Physical Action Like a Playwright Webinar

Date(s) - 10/02/2021
11:00 am - 12:15 pm


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How to Use Physical Action Like a Playwright

With Ginny Myers Sain

Date – 10/02/2021
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Central Standard Time


Registration opens August 1, 2021

Physical action can go a long way in conveying characteristics of your characters, allowing you the chance to deepen their traits and cement them in the minds of readers. Playwrights use these tricks all the time.


This webinar will guide you in using these skills to sharpen and deepen your characters in your own writing, whether it be for a picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult, or anything in between. And it’s not just for writers! Illustrators can glean information in deepening characters as well.


Registration is $15.00 for members of SCBWI, and $25.00 for non-members, and the presentation will be recorded and available for four weeks following the webinar date, so even if you are not able to attend live, you will benefit greatly from both the information in the webinar as well as the submission opportunities to all faculty members following the webinar.




Ginny Myers Sain is the author of DARK AND SHALLOW LIES, her debut YA novel available 8-31-21 from Razorbill/Penguin. Although she comes from a line of writers, Ginny’s first love has always been the theatre. When she was a kid, she spent a lot of time creating characters and plots for her little brother and sister to act out. She has a degree in theatre and has spent most of her career up to this point teaching acting as well as directing plays and musicals. She didn’t really learn to love writing until she realized how similar it is. When she writes, she gets to be the playwright, set designer, costume designer, lighting and sound designer, and director all rolled into one. As a reader, Ginny has always been drawn to the strange and the spooky. During her young adult years, she devoured books by Daphne du Maurier, Shirley Jackson, Lois Duncan, and Stephen King. Now, as a writer, she enjoys creating dark, tangled, mysterious stories that exist in the in-between spaces where magic feels most possible. She loves writing for young adult readers because literally anything can happen in a YA novel! Those years between childhood and adulthood are full of so much possibility…and so many big fears and questions. Having grown up in deeply rural America, Ginny is especially interested in telling stories about resilient kids who come of age in remote settings. Ginny currently live in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with her teenage son and a very cowardly doberman named Shipley. When she is not working in the theatre or writing, you’re likely to find her listening to true crime podcasts, taking pictures of alligators, eating tacos, or planning a trip to Walt Disney World.

Join us for How to Use Physical Action Like a Playwright. This 60-minute webinar includes a question and answer period. The webinar will be recorded if you can’t attend live. The recording will be available for four weeks after the event.



In conjunction with the webinar, we are offering the opportunity to submit critiques from the following non-faculty professionals. Critiques are $45 each. Following registration, you will receive detailed instructions about submitting your pages for critiques. They must be submitted by midnight, September 1, 2021 to Jennifer Sneed, Oklahoma Assistant Regional Advisor.


Please remember that there is a limited number of critiques available, at first come, first served.


Paige Terlip:


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Paige Terlip represents all categories of children’s books from picture books to young adult, as well as select adult fiction and nonfiction.

Across age categories, Paige is drawn to high concept novels with captivating hooks, snarky characters with hearts of gold, creative magic systems, complicated relationships, and found families. She loves well-plotted twists, being a little bit scared, and stories that explore the fluidity of gender and bring the queer experience to light. Regardless of genre, she is seeking inclusive, intersectional voices and gorgeous line-level writing with emotionally compelling narratives. She loves stories that make her feel a range of emotions, even if that means she ugly cries while reading. She wants a narrative that will stick with her long after reading.

Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA since 2017. She comes to agenting with a background in marketing, design, and freelance editorial. She’s worked at Charlesbridge Publishing, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. If she’s not reading, you’ll find her practicing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, re-watching the Great British Baking Show, or hiking with her Husky-Shepherd mix.

You can find her on Twitter (@pterlip) ( and Instagram (@pterlip) (


Kailyn Sanchez:


Kaitlyn Leann Sanchez is a mom, wife, agent with Context Literary Agency, middle school math teacher, and picture book author. She’s also the proud co-creator and co-host of the Spring Fling Kidlit Contest and Kidlit Zombie Week as well as creator and co-host of the Kidlit Fall Writing Frenzy Contest. In her free time, she loves to play soccer, binge-watch TV shows, and, of course, read, especially when she’s all cozied up with her husband and daughter reading together.

Kaitlyn will give critiques on all aspects of children’s literature; Picture Books, Board Books, Chapter Books, Early Readers, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, Nonfiction, Comic/Graphic Novel, Poetry, and Illustrator only.



Twitter: @KaitlynLeann17


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Webinar Information:


*A Zoom link to the webinar will be emailed to all attendees no later than 9/30/2021. Please note the time for this webinar is 11:00 am Central Standard Time.