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Children's Book Writers
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SCBWI AZ Presents “The Picture Book Dummy – a Revison Tool for KidLit Creators” – Webinar for Writers and Illustrators

Date(s) - 05/07/2022 - 05/14/2022
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

The Picture Book Dummy – A Revision Tool for KidLit Creators

Webinar Series Presented by Tanja Bauerle and Michael Hale

The picture book dummy is the template in which you will tell your story. It does not matter if you are a writer or a writer/illustrator, if you want to someday see your work published, knowing how to create a picture book dummy is an essential part of the process. Learn how to create one and how you can use this vital tool to improve your craft.

This program will be presented over two Saturdays. It is geared toward picture book writers and illustrators and is designed to provide craft tools for creators at all levels.

You can attend the event live, but if you are unable to do so, you will receive a link to the recorded webinar within 72 hours after the session presentations are concluded. You will have 30 days from the date that the recordings are sent to you to view them. You will also receive an electronic handout which will include a list of vocabulary, sample story maps, tips on how to implement what was discussed during the webinar, as well as the sample texts that were mentioned.

Workshop Schedule:

Part 1 – Saturday, May 7, 2022 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Phoenix time which is currently the same as PST)

The Picture Book Dummy for Dummies: The Foundation For Creating Better Picture Books presented by Michael Hale

Picture books come in all shapes and sizes, but they are fundamentally the same. They are designed to be a delivery vehicle. An industry standardized template in which to tell a story. Understanding the mechanics of the picture book as a medium for storytelling is essential to every writer or writer/illustrator. Especially those who hope to be successful in this genre. Knowing how to create, revise and edit a picture book dummy needs to be part of your process. Learn how to create a dummy and how you can use this vital tool to structure your story.

Part 2 – Saturday, May 14, 2022 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (Phoenix time which is currently the same as PST)

The Picture Book Dummy: The Writer’s Revision and Editing Friend presented by Tanja Bauerle

Picture book dummies are the domain of the illustrator. NOT SO! Learn how as a writer you MUST use this vital tool when crafting, revising, and editing your manuscript. During this workshop you will learn about page turns, pacing, rhythm, language, and more, in order to craft a manuscript that editors will love.


Member Rate: $25

Non-member Rate: $40

The Presenters:

Michael Hale has over 30 years of experience as a Creative Director, entrepreneur, writer, and Illustrator. He has illustrated many picture books and written two himself. His book, Bad Monkey Business was awarded a Spark Honor by SCBWI in 2018. He also serves as the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI’s Arizona Region. When he is not writing or illustrating, he devotes his time to coaching others looking to forge their own path in children’s publishing. You can see more of his work by visiting



Tanja Bauerle, an award-winning children’s book illustrator, is originally from Germany, but grew up outside Melbourne, Australia. She now calls Gilbert home, where she lives with her family and a menagerie of animals. Tanja holds a degree in Computer Animation and has illustrated several picture and chapter books. Her illustration credits include The Park Our Town Built, written by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, and The Adventures of Salt & Soap at the Grand Canyon, written by Lori Rome. Tanja is currently writing and illustrating several of her own picture books and is involved in several online writing and illustration communities. She is the Assistant Regional Advisor for the SCBWI Arizona Region. For more, visit


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ZOOM System:

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

-Register via this page.

-Receive email confirmation with Zoom registration link prior to the Webinar.

-Receive reminder email 1 day before Webinar.

-Sign on live.

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).

  1. Making sure you have the latest version of Zoom on your device will be helpful if you are using the Zoom app to login. In the Zoom app, click on your profile photo and select “Check for Updates” from the drop-down menu to do so. You do not need to have a Zoom account to join the sessions.

  2. Please make sure your name on your Zoom screen is the name you registered with. Here is how to do so during a session:,and%20click%20on%20%E2%80%9COK%E2%80%9D

PLEASE NOTE: For safety reasons, you will not be admitted unless the name you are registered with matches the name on the Zoom account you are using.

If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay within approximately 7 days after the event and you will have a 30-day window to watch it.


Terms and Conditions:

“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 conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions, and networking events) 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.”

Note: Photos at SCBWI AZ events may be used for publicity events.


*PAID REGISTRATION is required for this program.

*Must be at least 18 years of age to attend SCBWI AZ events.

*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 April 30, 2022, subject to a $5.00 handling fee.

*No refunds after April 30, 2022.

*REGISTRATION CLOSES at 4:00 pm May 13, 2022.

*No credits will be issued.

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