Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Sat. July 17 – How to Think Like a Developmental Editor

Date(s) - 07/17/2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

San Francisco North and East Bay

Sonoma County SCBWI Coordinator 

Jennifer Lynn Alvarez presents:



Saturday, July 17, 2021

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM PST

An Online Intensive via Zoom


This event will be recorded and available to registered attendants only for 3 weeks.

To participate in Q & A, please join the live event.



A professional writer is a professional rewriter, so the adage goes. In the publishing industry, the first edit—long before line- or copy-editing come into play—is called the developmental or “dev” edit. It aims to shape the book; to challenge and thus cement its structure; and ultimately to deliver a more competitive product.

Thinking like a developmental editor can help you mold your book for success even as you write; it can eventually help you edit yourself so that the book you submit is the book an editor is looking for. In this seminar, we will discuss developmental vs. line- or copy-editing, what dev editors consider when editing, and exercises that can help you dev-edit yourself.

Shirin Yim Leos​ (formerly Shirin Yim Bridges) is an Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning author of nineteen children’s books, the founding Head Goose of Goosebottom Books, and a successful developmental editor. She has coached writers who have secured multi-book and media deals from the likes of MacMillan, HarperCollins, Penguin, Random House, and Amblin Entertainment. Shirin was the Executive Director of the Mendocino Coast Writers’ Conference (MCWC), and has conducted workshops at writers’ conferences around the world, as well as for eight American universities including Stanford.

SCBWI Members: $30;  Non-Members: $35

Registration ends at noon, Thursday, July 15, 2021 at noon PDT.

A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants a few days before. Registration fees are non-refundable. The event will be recorded and available for 3 weeks after the event to registered attendees only.