Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Tampa Bay Area Meetings



Charles J. Fendig Library*

3909 W. Neptune Street

Tampa, Florida 33629

(Additional free parking located across from the library.)

*All meetings are at this library unless otherwise specified.

Out of an abundance of caution, we are canceling our Florida SCBWI free meetings during the months of March and April. We are hoping that all will be well and that we will be able to resume meetings in May.
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Keep your chin up and your fingers on the keyboard!


May 2, 2020

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Working Smarter:

Understanding What Kind of Feedback You Need and When you Need It


Lorin Oberweger


Critique groups can be such an essential part of a writer’s development and continued growth. The best ones offer not just feedback but camaraderie, support, and accountability. However, they can sometimes provide a kind of “one stop shopping” approach, with the same level of feedback offered on rough drafts and polished manuscripts alike.

Instead, how about a different approach? One with a main focus on empowering the writer to get what they need every step of the way to finished—and submittable–drafts. This format, which suggests different questions for different stages in a book’s development, has proven helpful not only for critique groups but for anyone seeking feedback—whether from beta readers, individual writing partners, or independent book editors.

Please bring a scene from your work-in-progress and we’ll put it all to practice, time permitted, exploring some lesser known approaches to receiving feedback on one’s work.

Lorin Oberweger is well known to Tampa Bay writers. Her company, Free Expressions, supports new and experienced writers with literary services that include editing, story development, ghost writing, and more. Free Expressions also produces some of the most sought after national seminars and workshops for both fiction and narrative nonfiction. An award-winning author, Lorin’s work has appeared in well over one-hundred periodicals. She has ghostwritten several critically acclaimed books for New York publishers, and—along with bestselling author Veronica Rossi—is the author of the novels BOOMERANG, REBOUND, and BOUNCE.

This meeting is free for SCBWI members.   No registration required.

Like all of our meetings, this one will feature a time of celebrations, plenty of interaction and discussion, and more. Join us for coffee after the meeting at Kahwa (next door to the library).

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