Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 8, 2015

NJSCBWI Workshop Opportunity

njscbwilogocroppedIF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL READ …

Don’t miss this workshop opportunity to hone your skills, create better worlds and develop stronger characters for your stories.

Adams House, Princeton Theological Seminary

April 19, 2015 

This afternoon workshop is for middle grade and young adult novelists to explore world building with agent, Leon Husock (L. Perkins Agency) and character bootcamp with agent, Samantha Bremekamp (Corvisiero Literary Agency). The workshop will be divided into two two-hour sessions.

CRITIQUE BONUS*: Plus we have 12 critique opportunities (six per agent) for those who would like to take their work to the next level and discuss their writing with in-person with one of our guest agents. Please note you MUST upload your manuscript when you register for this event. (Have you formatted correctly? See details below).

When: Sunday, April 19, 2015  / 1 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. (Please arrive at 12:45)

Where: Adams House, Princeton Theological Seminary. 20 Library Place, Princeton, NJ.

What: World Building / Character Bootcamp

Workshop Cost: $75 (SCBWI Member) $110 (Non-Member) Admission to workshop. (Teas/coffees/light snacks will be served at 3 p.m.)

*Critique Bonus (added cost): $55 (SCBWI Member) $85 (Non-Member). Limited spots available. 


WORKSHOP 1: Basics of World-Building in Fantasy and Science Fiction
With Leon Husock

In this workshop we will cover some of the basic tips, tricks, and elements involved in building a rich, immersive alternate reality for your fiction to inhabit, as well as some of the common pitfalls which accompany world-building. Please read, if you can, the chapter “A Journey in the Dark” from, The Fellowship of the Ring, and/or “Beyond the Doors of Sun and Moon” from Garth Nix’s book, “Lirael”. Be prepared to do a bit of writing in-workshop, and come ready with a description of the world you’re working on, roughly one page long.

WORKSHOP 2: Character Bootcamp
​With Samantha Bremekemp

Get ready to bring characters from a current project you are working on that you want to strengthen. On the day of the workshop bring one pagers on three of your characters that interact in significant ways. These one pagers need to include the character’s name, physical description, personality, and dialogue (a few examples on how your character reacts to others.) Also, bring with you one page of each interaction the three characters have with each other, if they interact in the same scene that will suffice. Perhaps the main characters, the antagonist, or someone vital that pushes the plot and whose actions motivate others. Think you know your character? We’ll find out!

Sunday, Mar. 22, 2015 / 9 p.m. (EST). Here’s the Link:

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This sounds so good! Wish I could go, but at least I’ll be at the conference 😀


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