Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Thurs. Apr 28:  Re-envisioning Your Revision: Discovering What Your Story Is Really About

Date(s) - 04/28/2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

San Francisco North & East Bay Region
Alameda County presents:



Re-envisioning Your Revision:

Discovering What Your Story Is Really About

with Author Shawn Stout Editor Catherine Frank



Zoom Event

Thursday, April 28th, 2022
6:00 pm PST



Letting go of your original idea is often necessary to transform your manuscript from the story you may have intended to a story that is deeper, richer. In this lecture, we will dive into the revision process, including the bafflement and worry stages, how to deal with criticism and feedback, and essential questions to ask yourself as you revise.

Join us for this conversation with author Shawn Stout and editor Catherine Frank on revision and discovering what your story is really about.

►  This virtual event will be recorded. A recording will be sent to all registrants the day after the event.

►  QUESTIONS:  Please submit your questions ahead of time by emailing them directly to Annemarie O’Brien at

►  SUBMISSIONS: Catherine Frank will accept submissions for middle grade manuscripts at Peachtree Publishing for a limited time after the event. 


About Our Guests:

Shawn Stout, Author

Shawn K. Stout is the author of several acclaimed books for young readers, including the Penelope Crumb series, the Not-So-Ordinary Girl books, and the historical novel, A Tiny Piece of Sky. Her new middle grade novel, The Impossible Destiny of Cutie Grackle, will be in bookstores in May 2022. Shawn is a science writer at the National Institutes of Health and holds an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives with her family in Maryland. Visit her at



Catherine Frank, Editor

Catherine Frank is editor at large for Peachtree Publishing and owner of Catherine Frank Editorial Services. She began her publishing career as an editorial assistant at Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Random House, and rose through the ranks to become Executive Editor. Throughout her career she has edited award-winning fiction and nonfiction children’s books ranging in format from board books to novelties and picture books to young adult fiction. Books acquired and edited by Ms. Frank have received honors including: nomination for the National Book Award; The Boston Globe Horn Book Award, the Golden Kite Award, the Charlotte Zolotow Award, the New York Times Best Illustrated Award, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award, and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She lives with her family in New Orleans.



$5 members / $10 non-members

Registration closes on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 4 pm PST.

This event is non-refundable.



Registrants will receive the Zoom link via email the day before the webinar.

(If you do not receive a Zoom link, please check your spam folder.)



Questions? Contact

Colleen Riordan, Co-Regional Advisor



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