Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

KidLit Tools Workshop: Inside-Out: Creating Believable Characters Through Emotion & Sensory Detail

Date(s) - 05/29/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

KidLit Tools Workshop: Inside-Out: Creating Believable Characters Through Emotion & Sensory Detail

Online Workshop Description: 

Emotion and sensory detail are important aspects of creating believable characters and experiences and engaging readers. But how do you do that? This workshop will provide key methods  and tools for layering emotional and sensory detail into your novel that will add depth to your characters and their world. The first half of this workshop will focus on infusing the story with emotion. The second half of the workshop will provide exercises for including sensory details in your fiction, using all five (make that six) senses.

Sharon likes to put the “work” in workshop, so come prepared to do some writing!


Presented by Sharon Skinner, MA, GPC, CBC

Sharon Skinner holds a BA in English, an MA in Creative Writing and is a Certified Book Coach and freelance editor. She is the author of eight published novels, a picture book, and a variety of short stories and poetry. Her core writing is SpecFic (fantasy, science fiction, paranormal,  etc.). She is an active member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and serves as the Regional Advisor for SCBWI AZ.

Sharon  has presented on a variety of writing topics, from grant proposal development to fantasy fiction writing. Her speaking engagements have included Phoenix Comicon, Tucson Festival of Books, ASU Piper Center, and SDSU Writers Conference, and she served as an Arizona State Library Writer in Residence for Scottsdale (2017), Mesa (2018), and Tempe Library (2019).

As a Book Coach her mission is to provide book coaching with honesty and heart, to support writers in writing forward, improving their skills, telling powerful stories, and creating the best books possible.

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$15.00 Member Regular Rate
$25.00 Non-member Regular Rate


Tips for Registering and CC Payment Note:

* SCBWI members: make sure to sign in with your username and password before you start the registration process in order to take advantage of the member discounts and opportunities.

* We accept payments through PayPal, either with a PayPal account, or with a debit/credit card. If you choose the option to pay by credit card, PLEASE NOTE the system will take you to the PayPal website, however you do not need a PayPal account to pay with a credit card. At the PayPal site, choose the option that says “Pay with a debit or credit card.” PayPal will then take you to a secure page to enter your credit card information.


ZOOM System:

-Here’s what you need to know about registering for the webinar.

-Register via this page.

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-Receive reminder email 1 day before Webinar.

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You will need to click on the link for the session at its start time, and you’ll be in a virtual waiting room until the session begins. You will be muted upon entry, and then we will ask you to turn off your video as well (or we can turn it off for you).

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If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay within approximately 48 hours afterward.



*PAID REGISTRATION is required for this program.

*SCBWI Members MUST log in to receive member pricing.

*There are no partial refunds for failure to log in.

*Substitutions for workshop attendance should be made 48 hours prior to the event. Regional Advisor must be notified in writing at

*Refunds (Tuition Only):

*Before May 7, 2021 subject to a $5.00 handling fee.

*Before May 21, 2021—50% of workshop tuition

*No refunds after May 21, 2021.

*No credits will be issued.

*We are not responsible for any technical difficulties that may arise during registration.


Attention Bloggers!  — If you plan to share your experiences from the conference, please note our Blogging & Recording Policy.

By signing up for this event, the registrant acknowledges that audio taping, videotaping and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the webinar is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder.