Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Intensive With Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Date(s) - 01/08/2022 - 03/12/2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley was born in Indiana and lives on a Tennessee farm with her husband, dog, abundance of cats, and just enough horses. They are the parents of two grown children. She’s the author of 18 published books, mostly notably the #1 NYT bestseller and Newbery Honor winning novel The War That Saved My Life. Her latest book, Fighting Words, also a Newbery Honor novel, is a finalist for the 2020 Kirkus Prize.


We are happy to announce the final mentorship for our PAL and Full Indiana members in our three-year series. Award-winning author Kimberly Brubaker Bradley has agreed to do a mentorship in a round-table format.

Applications open on October 1, 2021, to PAL or Full Indiana SCBWI members. Eight slots are available. Applications are on a first come, first served basis. There’s no judging process.

Format: Kim will offer a 20-minute critique on each submission (one picture book or twenty pages of a middle grade, or young adult manuscript, fiction or nonfiction). The mentorship will be held by Zoom over two nonconsecutive days–Jan 8 and March 12, 2022–from 9 am to 12 pm EST. Participants will submit their pages by December 1, 2021. You will be expected to read, but not critique everyone’s submission, so you can benefit from Kim’s thought process. Then by Feb 12 participants will submit their revised work on their picture book or the next 20 pages of their manuscript. The round-table mentorship will conclude on March 12.

What: A PAL or Full mentorship in roundtable format with Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Who: Eight Indiana SCBWI PAL/Full members.

When: January 8 and March 12

Where: Zoom

Cost: $125

How: Eight members will submit one picture book or a synopsis and twenty pages of their NF, MG, or YA manuscript for the first round, and either the same manuscript, revised, or the next twenty pages of the same manuscript on the round. Members are asked to read everyone’s submissions in advance of the Zoom gatherings so that they will gain more insight from Kimberly’s feedback on everyone’s work. Members are NOT required to critique anyone else’s work.

Due dates:

October 1: Sign-up opens

December 1: Manuscripts due

January 8: Round-table event – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST

February 12: Revised manuscript or next twenty pages due

March 12: Round-table event – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm EST


This event is fully booked.