Society of
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Characters in Peril: A Writer’s Workshop with Angela Cerrito and Linda Camacho

Date(s) - 01/21/2017
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Centrale OBA (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam)
Oosterdokskade 143 - Amsterdam, 1011DL

Creating Compelling Historical and Contemporary Fiction

Compelling fiction creates an emotional roller coaster for the reader. This writing workshop is a beyond-the-basics course for writers who have completed at least one draft of a novel or picture book.  When is your character in peril? Is he one step away from reaching his hopes and dreams? Is she risking her life, saving a friend or even saving the world? Is his crush crushing on someone else? Beginning with practical advice to create a more confident voice to in-depth writing exercises designed to analyze and perfect your narrative, in this workshop we will study the elements of compelling, page-turning fiction and reference one of your own best loved novels or picture books to re-imagine, re-think and revise your manuscript. Writers are encouraged to bring a novel or picture book they love (in any language), a manuscript they are working on and any materials needed to write.

Next, to prepare you for the next step on the road to publication, children's literary agent Linda Camacho will join us for a one-hour webinar on Things to Know about Literary Agents. You’ve written and polished that manuscript, so now what? How do you figure out which agents to query? How do you get their attention? And once you do have it, how do you work with one?

A limited number of participants can sign up for one (1) individual Manuscript Review (10 pages max or one picture book text of 1,000 words max) by literary agent Linda Camacho for an additional fee. Select the Manuscript Review add-on when registering. Full details of submission are printed below. 


Angela + covers

Angela Cerrito serves as SCBWI’s Assistant International Advisor. Her novel, THE SAFEST LIE (Holiday House / Fall 2015) is based on her research in Warsaw, Poland, including interviewing Irena Sendler, a mastermind spy and member of the Polish resistance who helped over 2,500 children escape the Warsaw ghetto. This research was made possible by SCBWI’s Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. 

Angela’s debut novel, THE END OF THE LINE (Holiday House, 2011) about a boy coming to terms with his role in the death of his friend received many awards including: VOYA Top of the Top Shelf 2011, VOYA Top Shelf for Middle Grade Readers 2011, YALSA Quick Pick 2012, Winchester Fiction Award Honor Book 2012 and a Top Teen Pick 2012. 
Find her on and follow her on Twitter: @angelacerrito



Linda Camacho joined Prospect Agency in 2015 after nearly a decade in publishing. After graduating from Cornell University, Linda interned at Simon & Schuster and Writers House literary agency, and worked at Penguin before happily settling into children's marketing at Random House. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Unofficially, Linda loves chocolate, travel, and far too much TV. In terms of submissions, she's pretty omnivorous. She enjoys a variety of categories and genres, ranging from picture book to adult, from clean and lighthearted contemporary to edgy and dark fantasy.


Submission Guidelines Manuscript Consultations

Please be sure to read the following very carefully before submitting your manuscript. If you are unsure about anything for the manuscript consultation, please mail us with any questions.

1. You must register for the workshop before you submit your manuscript.  

2. All manuscripts must be sent by email to our email address.

3. Your manuscript must ARRIVE in the mailbox ON or BEFORE December 31, 2016. Manuscripts received after December 31 cannot be accepted. 

4. Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double spaced, 1 inch margins all around. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page.

5. ALL submissions must include a title page with your contact information in the upper left hand corner as well as the genre of your manuscript (YA, MG, Chapter Book or NF. Please note it must be only one genre, e.g. there is no MG/YA genre, it is either MG or YA).
* The title page does NOT count as one of your ten pages.

6. The name on your manuscript must match the name you registered under even if you write under a pseudonym.

7. For Picture Books and Poetry: Submit up to ONE picture book manuscript of up to 1,000 words max. No synopsis is needed. Please do not submit a dummy book, photos, or illustrations. 

8. For Middle Grade, Young Adult, Nonfiction and Chapter books: Submit only the first TEN (10) pages, even if it cuts off mid-chapter, plus a synopsis no longer than 250 words.


In short:
Event: Characters in Peril – Writer's Workshop
Presenters: Angela Cerrito & Linda Camacho
Day: Saturday, January 21, 2017
Time: 10:00 AM (CEST) – 3:00 PM (CEST)

Event fee (lunch included):
€ 55 for SCBWI members
€ 70 for non-members

Additional Manuscript Review fee (optional, limited space, first come first serve):
€ 35 for SCBWI members
€ 45 for non-members

Registration opens October 21, 2016. 

Note on Payment of the workshop fee: 

We prefer your payment via bank transfer. Please, select 'Bank Transfer'. The confirmation email will give you the IBAN number.