Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Sat. Nov 12 – Middle Grade Intensive

Date(s) - 11/12/2022
10:00 am - 1:30 pm

Middle Grade Intensive


Saturday, November 12, 2022
10:00 am – 1:30 pm PT
Virtual Zoom Event



$40 for members  /  $50 for non-members
Registration closes November 10th at 6pm

Join us for a thrilling half-day of events for middle grade book writers!

Our outstanding faculty will provide practical information and guidance about the middle grade market, what agents and editors are currently looking for, how to get your manuscript into shape, how to dive deep into your book’s voice, and much more. This event will be recorded.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event.



10:00 am


11:25 am

Middle Grade Agent Panel with Q&A

Discover what middle grade book agents are currently looking for, how they select manuscripts, tips for getting your manuscript pitch and query ready, and more! They will discuss publishing middle grade books in-depth with our moderator L. Michelle Quraishi.

Bring your questions for the 30-minute Q&A at the end!

(5 minute break)  

11:30 am


1:30 pm

Voice and the Narrative Consciousness Workshop 

Learn how to find and hone your middle grad novel’s voice with author Julie Berry. In this 2 hour workshop, you’ll dive deep into the elements of voice and narrative consciousness to create unique and intriguing characters your readers will adore. 

   Schedule subject to change without notice (but we make every effort to notify you!)


Our Guest Speakers 
 Middle Grade Agent Panel:

Karly Dizon, Associate Agent at Fuse Literary
Associate Agent Karly Dizon was born in the Philippines and immigrated to Northern California as a child. She obtained her Business Marketing degree and has been a Freelance Graphic Designer for over 10 years. In addition to designing a wide range of print and web promotional material for clients, Karly creates book covers for Short Fuse and promotional graphics for Fuse authors. 

Professionally, Karly began her career in the publishing industry as a reader for Tricia Skinner at Fuse Literary. Her responsibilities quickly grew and she was promoted to Literary Assistant, a role that also included a spot on the production team of Short Fuse. 

Karly is also the Marketing Coordinator of the San Francisco Writers Conference, held every President’s Day weekend. In her spare time, Karly is an Adobe Technical Trainer, freelance graphic designer, Young Adult author, video game geek, and art noob. 

Karly has a deep love for characters with a strong voice and seeks out stories she can get lost in. Diversity in genre fiction is a major bonus. She specializes in picture book, middle grade, and young adult genre fiction (fantasy, science fiction, and contemporary).


Roma Panganiban, Literary Assistant at Janklow & Nesbit Associates 
Roma Panganiban graduated from Allegheny College with a degree in English and Psychology before taking on graduate studies in Modern and Contemporary Literature & Culture at the University of York (UK), a writing internship in Nicaragua, academic tutoring in the suburbs of New Jersey, and office management for a theatrical costume studio in Manhattan. She began her publishing career at The Gernert Company before joining Janklow & Nesbit in 2019, where she now assists Chris Clemans and Chad Luibl and works with writers across the adult and children’s markets.
Roma’s taste leans literary, but she is open to a broad range of fiction, including novels and collections that embrace genre elements—speculative, historical, mystery, sci-fi, fantasy—as well as those that defy categorization altogether. She values prose that is thoughtful, clear, clever, and beautiful; compelling, idiosyncratic voices; and fresh, unexpected perspectives, particularly those of writers from underrepresented communities.
Roma is also interested in narrative nonfiction that reorients our understanding of history, culture, science, society, education, and ourselves, whether by established experts or fiercely curious upstarts, as well as creative nonfiction that appeals equally to the heart, mind, and sense of humor.
In children’s fiction, Roma prefers more high-concept, plot-driven MG and more introspective, character- and voice-driven YA, especially featuring protagonists who don’t often see themselves as the main character. In children’s nonfiction, she looks for books that help young readers better understand each other, themselves, and the universe around them.
Roma is a member of the American Association of Literary Agents (AALA) and an ambivalent Twitter user (@romapancake). She lives in Brooklyn.
Panel Moderator:

L. Michelle Quraishi

Raised by a Pakistani father and American mother in the small town of Half Moon Bay, California, L. Michelle Quraishi grew up searching for identity, belonging, and connection in books. Her experiences with straddling multiple cultures drive her commitment to exploring cultural edges and understanding. An SCBWI member since 2013, she’s written numerous picture books and is currently working on a middle-grade novel in verse. She now lives with her husband, two children and mother in Walnut Creek, California Learn more at


Workshop Speaker:

Julie Berry 

Julie Berry is the author of the 2020 SCBWI Golden Kite Award winner Lovely War, which received seven starred reviews, and has been called “Poignant” by The Horn Book, “Mesmerizing” by Booklist, and “Virtuoso” by the New York Times. She is also the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me, the Odyssey Honor The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, and many others. Her first three picture books, Long Ago, on a Silent NightDon’t Let the Beasties Escape This Book; and Happy Right Now, released in 2019, with more to follow. Julie is board member of the California School Library Foundation. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA in creative writing for children and young adults from Vermont College. Originally from upstate New York, Julie now lives in Southern California with her husband, sons, and two cats. Julie enjoys quilting, cooking, piano, running, hot yoga, musical theater, goofy movies, and admiring the hummingbirds that flock to her feeders.


Questions? Contact Colleen Riordan, Co-Regional Advisor

*This event is non-refundable. 

*A Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants the day before the event.

*This event will be recorded. A replay will be emailed to all registrants.



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