Events

Due to the ongoing health crisis, many of Tanja’s events and visits have been canceled, postponed, or moved to a virtual platform.

Please check here regularly for updates on events. 

Upcoming Events

06
Feb

SCBWI Arizona - KidLit Tools Webinar: Writing Rhyme That’s Sublime - MODERATING

February 6, 2021 - February 6, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual

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Take your rhyme to the next level. This workshop will focus on the importance of meter, stress, and rhythm, and what to do and what not to do when writing in rhyme. A look at picture book(s) with clever, extraordinary rhyme. When to write in rhyme and when not to. Tools, techniques, and developing an ear for rhyme. How to maintain your story while writing in rhyme. Words to watch out for –
“window words”

Presented by Dawn Young

19
Feb

SCBWI Winter Conference - Inside Children's Publishing - ATTENDING

February 19, 2021 - February 21, 2021

All Day

Virtual

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The conference will include incredible keynote conversations between Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli, Christian Robinson and Matt de la Peña, Jerry Craft and Victoria Jamieson, plus a rare appearance from the legendary Patricia MacLachlan. The event will also provide an inside look at the children’s book industry through visits, mock meetings, and an in-depth, state-of-the-industry interview with Jean Feiwel

The conference takes place live on Zoom, but video recordings will be available to attendees through March 31, 2021. Participate live or watch at your convenience.

27
Feb

SCBWI Arizona - KidLit Tools Webinar: What to Say and How to Say It: Voice in Picture Books - MODERATING

February 27, 2021 - February 27, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Virtual

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What to Say and How to Say It: Voice in Picture Books You’ve drafted a picture book and you’re ready to revise. You want your manuscript to stand out from the rest, but how? One way is by experimenting with what teacher and picture book author, Ann Whitford Paul, calls “the voices of story.”

This workshop will invite participants to explore the five voices with examples from recently published picture books. We’ll practice identifying the voices and apply what we’ve learned to a short writing exercise. Participants can then add these poetic voices to their toolbox, as they craft and revise their own picture book manuscripts.

Presented by Dianne White

06
Mar

SCBWI Arizona - KidLit Tools Workshop: Making Magic: Storytelling Disney-Style - MODERATING

March 6, 2021 - March 6, 2021

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Virtual

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Making Magic: Storytelling Disney-Style. Have you ever wondered why the waterworks appear at the end of films like Beauty and the Beast or The Little Mermaid? Or perhaps you’ve asked yourself what in the world caused you to care so much about a clownfish! Time and time again, Disney stories make their way into our hearts, impacting us long after we leave the theater. How do they make that magic succeed? What can we learn from Disney’s techniques that will help our own novels shine? In this class, we’ll explore the “Disney formula,” why it works, and how you can sprinkle a little Pixie Dust into your writing.

Presented by Sara Ella

24
Sep

SCBWI Arizona - 2021 Regional Conference - ORGANIZING

September 24, 2021 - September 26, 2021

All Day

Franciscan Renewal Center - Scottsdale, Arizona

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Save the date. We will post more information as it becomes available.

Past Events

SCBWI Arizona - KidLit Tools Webinar: How to Use Narrative Distance - MODERATING

January 30, 2021 - January 30, 2021

Virtual

StoryTeller Academy Black Friday Bootcamp 2020

November 27, 2020 - November 27, 2020

Online Livestream

The Business of Publishing: Webinar – Website Basics - MODERATING

November 14, 2020 - November 14, 2020

Virutal

Latinx KidLit Book Festival - ATTENDING

December 4, 2020 - December 5, 2020

Virtual

SCBWI Rocky Mountain 2020 Virtual Letters & Lines Conference - ATTENDING & VOLUNTEERING

September 12, 2020 - September 13, 2020

Virtual

SCBWI AZ 2020 Regional Conference (Scottsdale)

September 11, 2020 - September 13, 2020

CANCELLED due to COVID-19

SCBWI AZ Online Member Critique-Nic - Leading Breakout Room

August 31, 2020 - August 31, 2020

Virtual

SCBWI AZ Online Member Critique-Nic - Leading Breakout Room

August 29, 2020 - August 29, 2020

Virtual

SCBWI AZ, Illustrator Drop In Meeting - Attending

August 20, 2020 - August 20, 2020

Virtual

The Summer Spectacular 2020 - Attending

July 31, 2020 - August 4, 2020

Virtual Event due to COVID-19

Camp in a Box - Going, Going, Green

July 6, 2020 - July 10, 2020

Through The Children's Museum of Phoenix

Camp in a Box - Going, Going, Green

June 9, 2020 - June 13, 2020

Through The Children's Museum of Phoenix

SCBWI AZ KidLit Tools Workshop: Picture Book Basics and Beyond (Phoenix)

April 4, 2020

CANCELLED due to COVID-19

SCBWI AZ KidLit Tools Workshop: Picture Book Basics and Beyond (TUCSON)

February 29, 2020

World of Words Library University of Arizona - Tucson

Artist Panel Discussion

January 30, 2020

Park University – Gilbert, AZ

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