Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Oklahoma Fall Workshop in McAlester

Writer/Illustrator Workshop
Co-Sponsored by McAlester Public Library

Saturday, October 7, 2017
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

McAlester Public Library 
401 N. 2nd Street, McAlester, OK 74501 

(McAlester is less than two-hours from either Tulsa or Oklahoma City)

Illustrator Track is still open.

Writer Track is closed to on-line registrations


Two Speakers: (choose writer or illustrator track)

SCBWI-Oklahoma’s Regional Advisor Emeritus,
Anna Myers
, has published 19 middle grade and young adult novels and one picture book. She has received the Oklahoma Center for the Book Lifetime Achievement Award and is in the Oklahoma Writers’ Hall of Fame. She is a former English teacher and has a heart for helping writers be the best they can be. Topic: “Find the Magic Key in Writing” – Vital information for beginners, plus definite craft tips for the more experienced
SCBWI-Oklahoma’s Illustrator Coordinator,
Jerry Bennett
, is a full-time illustrator who has illustrated several self-published comic books, children's books and created work for Marvel, Lucasfilm, Saban and currently Mattel's Thomas and Friends. He recently art directed and led cinematography for the animated short film, Even in Death, which won several film festival awards. Jerry is currently creating original licensed Star Wars and Marvel art on limited edition sketchcards for Topps and Upper Deck trading cards. Be sure to follow his Instagram as artistjerrybennett, or Twitter: @comicbookjer  Jerry will have sessions just for illustrators dealing with illustrating craft and the publishing industry.
Jerry Bennett

  • Special Film Showing to all by Jerry Bennett
    EVEN IN DEATH, is a short film produced by Invisible Layers Productions, a pre-employment company designed to offer opportunities to students with autism in the film/video production industry. Written and directed by SCBWI Oklahoma member Zac Davis, with art direction from SCBWI Oklahoma members Jerry Bennett and Jonathan Koelsch, the short film went on to win film festival award from DeadCenter, EyeCatcher International Film Festival and AutFest International.

  • Off-Site Professional Critiques Available
    These will be submitted to Helen Newton AFTER THE WORKSHOP, by October 25, 2017. Instructions for submission will be given in your workshop confirmation email and the workshop packet on the day of the event. The  following professionals will do the critiques. All who register may also submit to these individuals for a limited time after the workshop.



    Danielle Smith is currently an Agent and the owner of Lupine Grove Creative, LLC – A boutique literary agency for children’s book authors and illustrators that also packages books for publishers. Danielle is the mother of two wonderful children and wife to a practicing attorney. She began her agent career at Fuse Literary in 2013, but made the move to Red Fox Literary in March of 2014 where she represented children’s book authors and illustrators alongside her mentors and partners at Red Fox Literary LLC, Abigail Samoun and Karen Grencik.

    Danielle’s publishing career began with her well-known book reviews and articles, of which many can still be found at her website, There’s A Book. Additionally, she wrote for print & online publications such as Women’s World and Parenting Magazine. She’s an author, literacy advocate, professional flutist and movie lover. Danielle has also served as a judge for the Cybils Awards in the picture book category for three years as well as for the INSPYs and various other writing competitions.

    Danielle Smith
    Stephanie Pitts, Editor, G.P. Putnam’s Sons, is an editor at G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. Prior to joining the team at Putnam, Stephanie worked at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. She once pulled a darling picture book manuscript, Sophie’s Squash by Pat Zietlow Miller, out of the slush pile. It published to four starred reviews and was named an Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor Book. Some recent projects include the middle grade novels My Brother’s Shadow and Not as We Know It, both by Tom Avery, and the picture bookJackrabbit McCabe and the Electric Telegraph by Lucy Margaret Rozier and illustrated by Leo Espinosa.
    Stephanie Pitts
    Hallie Tibbetts joined Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, where she works on fiction and nonfiction books for children age 0­–18, as an editorial assistant in 2016. Prior to joining LBYR, she was an intern at Macmillan, Scholastic, and several literary agencies—and before that, she was a teacher in Los Angeles and Long Beach, California, an avid learner at the Denver Publishing Institute, and a graduate of the digital and print media master’s program at New York University. She’s drawn to picture books that capture childhood wonder, middle grade with lots of heart and humor, and young adult with angst and adventure.


  • Small Group Critique Time
    for Writers and Illustrators During Workshop



    Writers bring 5 copies of a whole picture book or first ten pages of a novel, chapter book, or nonfiction.

    Illustrators will meet with Jerry Bennett for critique. Any of the following may be brought for critique: portfolio, picture book dummies or single children's book illustrations, which can include middle grade, YA or comic book/graphic novel covers.


– Registration is $25 for members and $35 for non-members
– Professional, Off-Site Critiques: $40
— Pay by PayPal ($2.00 service fee)


Mail check to:
– SCBWI of Oklahoma
– 9521 B Riverside Pkway, Box 251
– Tulsa, OK  74137


– Pay at the door after October 5, 2017.


 Lunch is on your own – Numberous fast food restaurants available.

Door Prizes